I have kept red devils for a while now and my conclusion is that they are a very interesting, marvelous fish. My Red Devil would look into the tank glass, see his reflection and try to kill it! Sometimes he would even spit sand at his reflection. Red Devils do dig a lot, my tank is full of hills and valleys. Red Devils will even move large rocks and driftwood. They really enjoy live food although it isn't required. Very active and personable fish!
I have a Red devil pair. It is the labiatum. The male is 20 cm and the female is 16 cm. I have never had them together because I bought them two weeks ago. They had bred at the shop, but the male almost killed the female and I had to separate them. Next week I am planning to put them together again. I have found out that they are very owner responsive. They are very aggresive, but if you have them in a 800 liter tank or more will they be much less aggressive. They will dig a lot so you should have strong plants in pots. They should have roots and stones as hiding places. If you want to breed them the pH should be 7.0 and the temperature 24-28°C.
I had a male red devil and it was the meanest fish I have ever owned. It would attack all of the other fish in the tank relentlessly. Unlike my other cichlids it was not interested in eating other fish, only killing them. He also grew very fast, quickly overtaking my other fish. I would highly recommend a red devil to those who like aggressive fish.
Red Devils have the same requirements as the Midas cichlid, they are almost the same fish! My current Red Devil is about 13 cm in a 380 liter tank with a red terror, 6 clown loaches, and a pleco. He is very intelligent, but he hates his reflection, tank maintenance (he tries to "kill" the siphoning tube!) and air bubbles! Another great fish for large cichlid lovers!
My boyfriend and I have a Red Devil Cichlid named Nero. We bought him from a pet store a year ago, a family had gotten rid of him. When we got him he was about 25 cm long and is almost 30 cm now. He's very active and has interesting behaviour. For example, when he wants his light on, he turns upside down and splashes water with his tail! He's very aggressive and will follow you when you walk by the tank. We feed him frozen brine shrimp and blood worm along with cichlid pellets and rosy reds every other week. He is the only fish in his tank, of course. The best thing about Red Devil Cichlids is how active and aware of us they are.
I have had my red devil cichlid for more then 11 years now, and I can honestly say it is pure evil. Over the years I have tried to have it live in a communitly tank with other aggresive fish of all kinds, and every time, it killed the new fish in a matter of minutes. No other African cichlid, South American cichlid, or even wild fish of any size could stand up to the aggressive temperament of this fish. Once, when the fish was about 8 cm long, I put in a 18 cm long oscar, thinking this would deter the red devil from attacking it. However, this oscar was violently killed in the same manner as all the other fish. The fish does not like anyone or anything. It will attempt to attack anyone through the glass, it even tries to attack my dog and cats. It also has the habbit of moving everything in its fishtank no matter what the object is. It also regularly attacks the rock formations in its tank, for seemingly no reason at all. Now, at 23 cm long this fish's name, red devil, truly describes it.
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