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dre - 2009-05-20
I have a Red Devil and he is the coolest fish ever. Although he can be difficult to handle with other fish he is still my favorite fish. The first day my Red Devil came into the tank he quicky became king of the tank. The other fish tried to pick on him and they quickly learned quickly not to mess with him. This fish is awesome and I suggest getting one for yourself

JuneK> - 2007-01-26
I unknowingly got a baby red Devil about 3 years ago. It grew pretty fast and is now about 7 inches long and as thick as my hand. Last year an undetermined resident of my tank laid some eggs but they never hatched. I had one other mild mannered cichlid in the tank then but it was some kind of blue colored african cichlid. In recent months my red devil killed off all other residents of the tank and has been named Hannibal. I dont want to get rid of him/her because its just such a cool fish. I still don't know the sex of this one but I'm watching to see if a forehead bump is starting to form on his head.

chris - 2007-02-02
I have a 10 inch Red Devil who I love and have had for about 6 years know. His name is buttercup. I named him this so people would get close to the tank and say "ooohh Buttercup is so cute" then get a face full of the meanest fish I have ever seen. So far it is working. When he was smaller he finished off a Jack Dempsey. He grew up with a pleco sucker fish who he finally dispossed when it out grew its hiding spot, then it attacked the hiding spot for hiding it so long. My girlfriend put another sucker in the tank about a year and a half ago and I was able to find a big enough spot for it to hide, it is still alive but not the best life. It is almost the same size as the Devil and wedged under a log, under constant surveillance. We love this Fish, Buttercup the Red Devil, and He hates anything with a pulse. I wouldn't change a thing.

Taylor - 2005-09-08
Red Devils are really really aggressive. When they lay eggs don't even think about messing with that fish. I have one and when they lay eggs they're cheeks get puffy and all they do is watch your every move. They are not bad fish but they're just too aggressive for me.

norman - 2007-01-02
Ive had my red devil named Bruce for about 5 years. He went from a pale white to a bright orange. He is about 10 inches and still growing at this point. He is in a 75 gallon by himself and doesnt like to be bothered by anyone except me when I feed him. Otherwise he doesnt even really like me all that well. My best advise to all is to keep that water clean and keep your fingers away from the water. otherwise enjoy!

MITCHELL C. - 2007-04-13
I have a red devil cichlid and he is a very large nasty fish. His name is Stryker. He hates me and everyone with a beating heart. His area is the whole tank and my entire bedroom. I have had friends come in to my room and they would freak out because Stryker would go nuts! He would ram the glas and flip his 4-pound cave over like we humans pick up a feather. After that happened, my friends would not want to go back in my room, that happened like a year ago. He is 8" long and about 5" tall. I have had him for a year or so. He is in a 55 gallon tank with two pleco's half his size and for some reason they are still alive. I have gotten bitten a whole lot of times and he got me to bleed pretty good all those times. I would tell anyone who has a 46 gallon or bigger tank to get this fish because these fish are cool, and very pretty fish with wonderful colors. Oh yea: If you keep your hands out of the Red Devil's tank then you are safe unless he or she jumps out of the tank.

Leah - 2008-07-17
The average life span of a red devil is 12 years, and they and will eat everything in the tank. So long as you keep the water clean, 25% changes weekly, they live a long and happy life. Plus they are great companions. Like a dog almost. Great personalities and definately adopt the owner. I have to pet mine when I change the tank water or he gets angry and pops me!

rodney cook - 2010-10-20
I had a Red devil about a 1 year ago and he was extremely aggressive he nearly killed my jaguar cichlid so had to take him back he was about 6'' inches and a beast!

Ken - 2017-08-04
It took over a year but my red devil eventually killed off all the other cichlids in the tank. Only the plecostomus remains. I originally bought him to keep an aggressive Jack Dempsey in line. Bought two other cichlids the same day. They were dead within a day. The tank stabilized with the jack the red and a couple convicts. The jack died suddenly and the others were eventually killed by the red devil. I did periodically try to put other cichlids in there, but the red killed them all. So now I think it's just gonna be him.

جوشوا طراد - 2015-09-28
I have two Red Devils, they both follow each other around and are really territorial together. They fight other fish off,  I am not sure if they want to breed or not... Can anyone help me, they have what looks to me like paired up, keep in mind that I am unsure of sex. If they want to breed, what's the best way to do so? They are in a 55gal tank.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2015-10-04
    It's important that you determine if you have a male/female pair. An adult male is larger than a female, has a nuchal hump on the forehead, and genital papilla (tube behind the anus that releases sperm or eggs) that protrudes more than the female's. If you want to breed, a tank size of 125 gallons is best for a pair with decor that offers a place for the female to deposit the eggs, like rocks, a log or a cave ceiling. You should remove all other fish from the tank. The male can be quite aggressive towards the female as well, so you may want to add a tank divider to allow the female a place to retreat. The tank needs to be stable and the fish well fed. To encourage spawning, you can increase the temperatures slightly to between 75 and 82 degrees F. See the breeding and reproduction section above for a basic overview of  the process.

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