Animal Stories - Red Devil Cichlid

Animal-World Information about: Red Devil Cichlid

A beautiful but violent fish, the iconic Red Devil makes for one of the most striking show cichlids in the hobby!
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riley - 2009-02-11
Hey, my friend got a red devil about 2-3 inches. I have to admit they are rather beautiful fish. I keep a jack dempsey, a texas, and the wimp of my tank, a gold severum cichlid. lol

Triple J - 2009-01-30
I have a Red Devil named Sunshine. He is about 12 years old now, and just in the last couple of months, he has developed "pop-eye". It is very sad to see him go this way, but I've tried everything to bring him back to health. He's been a great fish with lots of personality and is really familiar with all the normal routines, tank cleaning, and even netting! He is blind in one eye now, but I haven't given up. He now has a little friend to chum arround with. A 2 inch Frontosa keeps him lively, but not aggressive. Better that seeing him lying on the bottom, leaning his body against the glass. I'm so sad about it.

luisa cuesta - 2008-06-15
I have a red devil, I've had him for 15 yrs. I read your story and I had to respond. I was wondering if it was unusual to have a fish for that many years. Anyway I was cleaning his tank today and he started to tip down so I held him up with a net, and now he is staying up by himself but he is not swimming around. He is just staying in one spot and his mouth is constantly moving up and down. Please respond back, thank you.

ross - 2008-04-23
I had a Red Devil, whom had just passed. I got him when I graduated high school, and he did live up to 15 yrs. Just wanted to know if any body has (or heard of) any that have live that long or longer. Thanks, great fish and will get another. Wilmington NC

brandon - 2008-01-09
lol, I have a pair that are about 1.5 yrs old now, they are about 7" long and breed EVERY 7-8 WEEKS, haha. I have so many of those things now I dont know what to do with them :)

christina - 2007-11-13
Well, I got my first Red Devil. He/She has no name yet and is only about 2". Hopefully he will not grow to kill his tank mate (a lrg just as aggressive Oscar-conviently named Oscar the grouch). They have been together for 2 weeks and get along great (probably b/c there is plenty of room to cohabitate). I love how interactive he is with me when i come home or go to feed them.

marielynn - 2007-08-16
i just bought 4 red devil fish and love them, but they are very agressive. yesterday i got up and found a bunch of eggs laying in the bottom and side of the tank where my big male dug all the gravel. i tried to put a nylon on the pump so that it doesn't suck up all the babies, and the female attacked my hand and made it bleed and bruised. if you go close to that corner she tries to scare you, so you dont go close. but no matter what, i fell in love with those fish after having oscars fish for couple of years. i think those one are the best, planning to have a super hugesfish tank builr in my wall, just try to find the right person to do it.

kayleigh - 2007-08-15
I had a fabulous Red Devil named "Coconut" for 7 years. He was the most interesting creature I have ever owned. I purchased him as a baby, about 1 and 1/5 inches in length. I bought him when I was young, and I really didn't know what I was getting in to. So he began doing what he did best, growing, ruining my tank decorations, and trying to attack me through the glass. I went through 4 different tanks with him, as I kept needing to buy bigger ones to accomodate him. I loved him! I never knew fish could have that much personality. Sadly, I lost him yesterday... he died in my hands as I was trying to revive him. He will be greatly missed.. The coolest fish I ever owned. I love you little buddy!

Sal - 2007-05-16
I too had a Red Devil (30cm). What an amazing fish. For regular aquarium owners, the red devil is as close as you can come to having an actual interactive pet eg: dog, cat, bird. My Red Devil was named Memnoch, after the devil in The Anne Rice book of the same name. And he was. The only two other creatures to survive any amount of time in the tank was a yabbie (just as nasty, use to hang off his gills and take a ride around the tank - really FAST) an a convict fish called Jock (who hid most of the time). He ate everything else. Including two oscars that I had just naively put in the tank, right in front of me. He knew when my husband was sitting near the tank and would splash him. He would kiss the tank wall at me and bite it at my husband and the dog. I could feed him by hand. He knew when you arrived home and usually sent out a bucket of water onto the carpet. He would move all the gravel to one side of the tank, just after you cleaned. He was an ass. I adored him. Unfortunately one night when we were in the middle of a move, the filter died and we had a massive nitrate bloom. We lost him. You rocked memnoch. What a top fish.

Anonymous - 2007-05-05
What a mess of humans! My Pinky Red Devil female was a stalker. I bought her for $2.27. She shared 2 years with us, but grew to a whopping porker of 3 pounds, 14 " long, and 7 inches tall. yup for real. I purchased her in 2005 and had no idea she was a she! We could feed her by hand and she waited for the family to return each day. Her appetite was enormous. We fed her raw chicken breast, fat, and thighs. she ate normal fish food too. Pinky was a superstar! One day, the tank had a blossom.........Nitrates. I did check each week. It happens. Our family pulled her out into a fresh water sink after a night of sideways listing. We cried and lambasted each other on our method of revival. She was doomed! Her delicate gills could not sustain the wash under the faucet to cleanse the bateria amd nitrates, Pinky sat in our palms as we washed her and submerserd her into clean water. She laid in our palms until she passed. After three hours of palpating and bathing, our family failed to revive her. She rests in the pet cemetary with our families other family pets.