Your New Red Devil
Info from Aqualand on various Red Devil strains
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Origins: Not sure if some of the red devils were manufactured or not. We see an awful lot of variation in these fish that reminds us of other species.
Appeal: Most cichlids mix poorly with non-cichlid fishes. Red devils mix with nobody unless you provide lots of room to run or hide. They kill whatever you add to their tank. Some eat goldfish. Others just kill them for the sport. People like them because they are pretty and rowdy.
Size: Think in terms of a 12-inch minimum. Red devils grow larger than oscars in the same tank because they usually kill the oscars before the oscar can mature.
Foods: Make sure you feed foods with color enhancers in them -- reds especially. Goldfish work, if they eat them. Many red devils prefer pellets. Most like plankton and krill.
Housing: Red devils like as large a house as you can give them. Adults prefer nearly bare tanks. Young ones need the security of wood, rocks, and plants to hide behind when they feel threatened. When secure, red devils come out front and patrol their tank.
Décor: Red devils shred live plants. Try plastic plants. Weight them down unless you feel like replanting daily. All cichlids like to re-arrange their living rooms. They will eventually tear up your plastic plants also.
Tank Mates: You can keep red devils with other fishes at first. Eventually they argue with each other. They like ripping on other fish.
Temperature: Keep nearly all your cichlids at tropical temperatures – 75o to 80o. Red devils look and act awful in cool water. Cool water also makes them susceptible to disease. If you want to spawn them, bump the temp up 5o. Separate them if the conflicts look serious.
Breeding: If you keep the two sexes together, you may see typical cichlid spawning behavior. S.A. cichlids clean a rock or piece of wood or dig a pit. Some prefer caves. We’ve never spawned red devils before.
A: Thanks for the info young dude. I'll try to remember it. I'll add it to my red devil page. I'm losing ground on the awesome, tho. I'm down to every other day. LA
Last Word: So what’s their bad points? Red devils can be killers. LA.
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