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The Red Devil Cichlid is a striking fish choice for hobbyists seeking a large and charismatic addition to their aquarium. Scientifically known as Amphilophus labiatus, this cichlid originates from Central America, particularly near the Atlantic Ocean in Nicaragua, where it dominates lakes like Managua, Xiloa, and Nicaragua.

Characterized by its aggressive nature and strong jaws, the Red Devil Cichlid earned its name for its bold red coloration and robust personality. In the wild, it typically displays dark brown or gray coloration, while in captivity, variations can range from bright red to nearly pure white, often with black-tipped fins and tails.

These fish can grow quite large, reaching sizes of up to 37cm in the wild, though they are slightly smaller in captivity, typically around 30cm. They have a lifespan of approximately 10-12 years or longer with proper care.

While hardy and adaptable to various tank conditions, Red Devil Cichlids require spacious aquariums to thrive. A minimum tank size of 200L is recommended for one fish, with larger tanks needed for pairs or multiple individuals. Strong filtration and moderate water movement are essential, along with ample oxygenation and a well-bedded substrate with rocks and fine sand for swimming and hiding.

In terms of diet, Red Devil Cichlids are omnivorous and will consume a variety of foods, including high-quality cichlid pellets, vegetables, frozen shrimp, bloodworms, and other meaty supplements. They are heavy feeders and should be provided several servings a day to maintain optimal health and growth.

Males tend to grow larger than females and develop a prominent nuchal hump during breeding. Red Devils are open spawners, and females typically lay 600 to 700 eggs on an inclined substrate. The eggs hatch in about three days, and the fry are cared for by the female until they can swim independently.

Due to their aggressive nature, Red Devil Cichlids are best kept in tanks without other fish, unless in very large aquariums with similarly aggressive tankmates. Juveniles may be more tolerant, but as they mature, their aggression increases, necessitating careful tankmate selection and ample space.


Species: Amphilophus labiatus
Common Name: Red Devil Cichlid
Origin: Central America, dominating lakes in Nicaragua
Diet: Omnivores
pH Range: 6.5 - 7.5
Temperature: Tropical, 22°C – 28°C
Breed Type: Egg Layer
Current Size: Approximately 5cm (Grows to approximately 30cm)
Sex: Unsexed


Red Devil Cichlid

AU$40.00 Regular Price
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