Other Red Devil Names:
Red Devil Scientific Name:
Amphilophus labiatus, Heros labiatus, Cichlasoma labiatum, Herichthys labiatus
Red Devil Temperament:
Species Type: Central American Cichlids
Red Devil Adult Size: 11 inches (cm)
Red Devil Life Expectancy: 11 years
Red Devil Habitat: Central American Lakes
Red Devil Minimum Tank Size:
Red Devil Diet & Nutrition:
Carnivorous - feed with cichlid pellets, freeze dried bloodworms and brine shrimp. Some fish will accept flakes if fed when young.
Red Devil Description:
The Red Devil has a great deal of variability in its structure and coloration. Some are bright red while others are white or yellow. Some have black-tipped fins and tail with black lips, while others have thick rubbery lips. They are very "owner conscious" and will follow you when you walk in front of the aquarium and also respond to interactions like cleaning the aquarium and feeding. Although they can be kept in aquariums around 50 gallons, bigger aquariums can reduce their aggressiveness. They have been known to live with other fish, but will usually not tolerate the same, or other species of fish in the same aquarium. Very similar to Cichlasoma citrinellum, or Midas Cichlid, some sites still list them as the same fish. They are found in different places though, while the Red Devil is only found in the Nicaraguan lakes, Midas can ranges from Costa Rica to Nicaragua.
Tank Mate Compatibility:
Other large cichlids such as green terrors, oscars or jack dempseys. Most plecos and new world catfish should do well as well
Red Devil Breeding & Spawning:
Breeding is generally easy. A large flat stone is usually preferred as a nesting area to lay the eggs on. A mating pair will clean off the rock, and lay over 100 eggs on it. Red devils are good parents and once the fry have hatched, the parents will move the fry to a pit, and guard them.
Determining Red Devil Sex:
Males grow larger and have a more promounced hump above the eye. Males also have more pointed anal and dorsal fins.
Red Devil Diseases:
HITH - Hole in the head disease
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