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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Geno - 2011-09-23
How do you know when your red devil is about to die? Mines is around 10-13 years old its been laying on its side and having less energy for the past couple weeks.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-23
    Life expectancy is around 12 years for these little guys. So yours has had a very happy, helathy life. However, nothing can know when there is an expiration date so I hope he gets better and hangs in. Just feed him the best and enjoy Hope he perks up. You can also double check the tank conditions just to make sure all is OK.
  • Jean - 2011-09-29
    My 15+ year old red devil 'Pinky' does that and turns reddish when she wants a water change. It's been very helpful!
luke cater - 2010-09-23
Hi I'm a new fish collector and I was wondering how long can a devil survive without a heater?

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  • josh - 2010-11-19
    Not very long in good health. Don't even try it.
  • Pamela - 2011-02-15
    Red Devils are warm water fish, the only way I can think of to explain them is they are freshwater tropical fish and must have a heater, they must be kept in water that is 72 degrees sometimes even a little bit warmer or they will die.
  • Anonymous - 2011-07-06
    They don't need one because I had mine for 14 years with out a heater and it did just fine.
  • Anonymous - 2011-08-09
    Pretty blunt to say they dont need a heater, do you live in a warm area? If thats the case the temp in your tank was probably 72 or better.... i advise on a heater...
  • Anonymous - 2011-09-10
    You need a heater...they will get an infection if they're left in the cold....I forgot what the infection is named...but it only comes on when the temperature is below 72f-----
alex - 2011-01-22
Had a white/red devil, got him/her at about 20 cm, and when I came home from work to find him/her had died, it was about about 35-40cm long. Couple of q's...
1- there were no signs of disease or sickness pre-death, could it just have been an age issue? The tank was well cared for.
2- called it "dozer" due to its destructive nature. I know they're called devils, but is it normal for them to follow you across the tank? It's like it was hunting me as I walked past! It would even try to attack my hand on occasions when I tried to re-level the gravel, or remove the plane and rocks to clean them. I know they're meant to be aggressive, but is that normal?

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  • Editor's Note - 2011-01-22
    I do not know why your fish died. Red devils can live up to 12 years and reach approximately 38 inches in length if cared for properly. They are also very "owner conscious" and will definitely recognize you and follow you around while you are near their tank.
Flor - 2010-12-23
I have a red devil "Red" about 20cm long, not too sure what sex, I have had him since June, and got him for entertainment and company for my red claw crustacean "Sean" which was given to me from my neighbor when he caught him crossing the road in April. Last week I bought another red devil "Devil" as I thought Red needed some company. The first hour was quite horrific, Red smashed Devil and we had to separate them. I went and got a divider the next day and the next morning Devil was on the other side with Red and Sean. A couple of days later we took the wall down and they seem to all be getting on AOK. Sean doesn't say much. Our biggest dilema at the moment is trying to work out what sex they are as they both look very similar to each other....................

sean stein/tom wilson - 2010-12-05
My father and I have had our red devil (female) 15 years (no joke) she is in a 55g. tank with plecos and other cichlids if they are taken care of and shown attention they can be great pets. After so many years of showing her attention and affection you can reach into her tank and stroke her fins, her head, she even swims around your hand in circles rubbing her sides against your hands these fish are the best and so beautiful.

Donavan Ghering - 2010-11-14
I used to have a Red Devil Cichlid, then I gave it away. Then a few weeks later, it laid eggs, then, THEY HATCHED! The cichlid created eggs, then some how they hatched! Can a Female Red Devil Cichlid change its sex?

Andrew Melbourne Australia - 2010-09-05
I have had my female red devil for about two years now. Initially I tried some tank mates including Dempseys, Convicts, Salvini etc, but all were either killed or tormented to removal. She now lives alone in a 250 litre (about 60 gallons) tank and is very personable and will follow me the length of the tank when I pass through. Great fish.

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  • sarah - 2010-09-10
    I have a red devil not sure if it's male or female I had a convict living in the same tank for 2 years until one night my red devil backed the convict into a corner and snapped its back it lived for another 2 months this way it was terrible.
    I love my fish although it looks so lonely all the time.
alisa roberts - 2010-08-26
what does it mean when a red devil puts his mouth to the glass forcefully when I stand in front of the tank

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-08-27
    It means he/she likes you and maybe wants some of that great food you've been feeding him!
RICH HOLIDAY - 2009-02-05
I have a large tank. I am having serious problems. I have a mix of fish; Tiger Scat holds his own, Managuense the toughest, bothers no one unless messed with, a Synodontis, Jack Dempsey, and Red Devil. All about six inches, and all get brutally beaten by a Kenyi Cichlid male, about five inches. Has turned yellow with very faded vertical black stripes. I cannot put any other fish in the tank as he will kill them, no matter how big, in the first night. His brother was killed by the Jack Dempsey about six months ago, that he now beats to a pulp. I really like him a lot as he is beautiful. I know that Demsey's are weak for the most part unless breeding. What gives with the Red Devil though. Should I turn them in and get different species to stand up for themselves. I will not get rid of the Kenyi, but I will trade in the Dempsey and Red Devil if need be. The scat is not aggressive but will always face off with the Kenyi. If he faces off, he stops messing with them, as the Synodontis does as well. If you want to run through as the Dempsey and Devil do, he will chase them for hours, nipping them and tiring them til he can kill them as he does with any fish I introduce to the tank. I have changed tank setting, moved everything, and even replaced them with different things. ANY SUGGESTIONS, THANKS.

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  • Linda - 2010-04-25
    Hence the name red Devil. The red devil is not at all a community fish. I don't know about the other one but mine live alone unless breeding. Really you are allowing the other fish to be tortured and it needs to stop! Do something quick or that red devil will be the last one standing. Literally, that's the way they want it.
  • sheraz - 2010-06-16
    Turn in your kenyi because your red devil and all the others are actually quite young compared to your kenyi because yours is full grown now that's why they are not fighting back so if I was you I would turn in the kenyi. Good luck! :)
dre - 2009-04-28
I just got the Red Devil like 2 months ago and he is constantly moving his mouth. But I am wondering because I also have an Albino Oscar Cichlid and a Jack dempsey and they both do it too. I was wondering if that's a problem or is that just a change in behavior, please respond back soon.

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  • Eric Meyer - 2010-05-25
    Usually when they are moving their mouth's it mean's that have been eating something and still have not finished it their back jaws are still chewing on whatever it is maybe another fish /food who know's keep your eye open.