Tropical Fish for Freshwater Aquariums: Red Devil South American Cichlid
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Red Devil (Amphilophus labiatus)

Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Aggressive
Color Form Orange, Yellow
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 72-77° F, pH 6.8-7.2
Max. Size 1'
Origin Farm Raised, USA
Family Cichlidae
Minimum Tank Size 75 gallons
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Overview

The Red Devil is often referred to as the Red Devil Cichlid. The Red Devil's main background color is peach to yellow with some specimens having a white underside. The fins are often white or highlighted in white.

The Red Devil requires a tank of 50 gallons or more, with plenty of room to swim as well as stones for hiding. Because it is a digger, it is best to put the rocks on the bottom of the tank and not stacked. If stacked they could be knocked off causing damage to the fish. The Red Devil has a very aggressive personality, so choose his tank mates carefully. Red Devils should only be housed with other fish that can defend themselves.

An open spawner, Red Devils are not particular about their spawning substrate. Spawning will occur on horizontal, slanted, or vertical hard surfaces, with as many as 1,000 eggs being dropped at a time. The Red Devil forms pairs, making a nuclear family, with both parents caring for the fry. Larvae hatch after 3 days and are placed in pits for protection. In an additional 5 days the larvae are free-swimming, and the young eat a mucous secretion produced from the skin of the parents.

The Red Devil is an omnivore. They prefer a balanced diet of foods such as Cichlid pellets, ocean plankton, quality flake food, and occasional brine shrimp or bloodworms.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 2"

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Customer Testimonials

Toya J Charlotte , NC
The red devil is my favorite pet fish. I usually keep one or two in the house at all times. They are well respected and now that I've moved into my new home, I am on a mission to get some more. GREAT FISH TO BE PROUD OF!!!
John M New Orleans , LA
I have had Red Devils for years. They are very easy to care for, beautiful, and develop a great personality. However, they do not prefer a lot of company in their tank since they are very aggressive. If the aquarium is not at least 100 gallons, and the Red Devil is at least 7 inches, don't bother putting anything in the tank with it.
David A Salt Lake City , UT
I've had my Red Devil since it was about 2 inches long. At first, it was fine in a tank with two oscars (quite a bit larger than it) and a few other miscellaneous fish. However, after about two years, even my two oscars couldn't handle it and I had to put the Red Devil a separate tank. I wouldn't suggest this fish if you plan on having others in the tank. It's a great fish with tons of personality, especially if you like a spunky, vicious fish.
Alex O New York , NY
Very tough fish – a real gladiator. He will gain a lot of respect. He gave up only for a bigger Red Terror.
Colby G Rocky Mount , NC
Mine ate Guppies and pellets the second day I had him.
Bren Z Tinley Park , IL
This fish made me go out and buy a 90 gallon tank for my oscars because he started picking on them. Really cool fish but don't bother putting them with other fish!
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