Above: A nice young mature male premium quality Red Devil Cichlid.
When very young and small, Red Devils are often gray. But as they grow, they develop much more coloration.
Origin: The ancestors of the Red Devil came from Lake Nicaragua in Central America. But now they live in aquariums all over the world.
Maximum Size: In aquariums males are said by others to grow to be about 12" long, including their tails, but females are smaller.
Behaviors: Red Devils are usually very aggressive, and they'll be very territorial and even more aggressive when spawning.
Compatibility: When small Red Devils do best alone or with other Red Devils of about the same size.
They will eat fish small enough to fit into their mouths, and as Cichlids they can be hard on less aggressive fish.
Good tankmates are Pictus Catfish and Plecostomus Catfish.
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Temperature: Red Devils live best from about 72 to 80-degrees F. with 75 to 78 being perhaps ideal.
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Feeding: Premium Fish Food Pellets is the best food for these Cichlids to eat.
It's best to feed them small pellets when they're small, then gradually increase the size of the pellets as they grow larger.
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Water Conditions: These fish can adapt to most types of water, and so as usual it's best not to try to change the pH or hardness.
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Aquarium Size: Red Devils will eventually need to live in an aquarium with at least 80-gallons of water.
Decor: They don't need gravel, and a layer of gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water.
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Live plants are beautiful and improve the water quality, but this fish will usually dig plants up, so most aquariums with Red Devils do not have live plants.
Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended.
Most 80-gallon aquariums have room along the back for at least two Penguin 350B Filters, and this is sort of the minimal set up for large Red Devils.
Better is a 120, 150, or 200-gallon aquarium with as many Penguin 350B Filters as will fit across the back.
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The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range. Click here to learn more about using Lava Rocks in aquariums.
Life Span: Red Devils can live for several years.
Keep the water conditions excellent and feed them premium foods, and they'll most likely live for many years and breed to produce the next generation of fish for your aquarium.
Gender: It's nearly impossible to tell males from females just by looking at them, when they're young, but as they mature, the the males will grow larger and have more color.
Both parents then protect the eggs, which hatch in 2 or 3-days, and are then protected by the parents.
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Popularity: The Red Devils are somewhat popular, but because they are so aggressive and rather large, they're usually not too popular.
Names: Their scientific name is Amphilophus labiatus.
Variations: There are several color variations of this species.
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