been formulated with color enhancers,
such as alpha and beta carotenes. These
color enhancers will help increase the fish’s
colors. With fish that can be a dull red,
yellow, or orange in color, like red devils,
these natural color enhancers can really
turn a drab specimen into an outstanding
show fish. The intense color of so many
wild cichlids depends on them eating
natural foods high in these nutrients.
As with all fishes, a varied diet is strongly
recommended. Foods like baby peas, fresh
seafoods (fish fillet, shrimp, clam, mussel,
and crab meat), insects, and various forms
of prepared foods should all be in the dietary
inventory of any serious cichlid keeper.
Although red devils usually take almost any prepared aquarium food, variety is the spice of life
and parasite-free live foods are greatly appreciated.
A big misconception is that live foods
equals live fishes. That is not always true.
While red devils will certainly eat live
fishes small enough to swallow whole,
they’re not really a part of their staple diet
in nature. Small live shrimps, worms, and
insects are all excellent supplements to a
diet of prepared foods for any cichlid.
Adding to this, the introduction of
plant-based foods is a very good idea.
This is especially true of pellets, sticks,
crumbles, or large flaked foods that have
Depending on the size, sex, and overall
belligerence of the specimen in question,
tankmates may or may not be advisable.
Of course, to further the argument for
using a large aquarium, the size of their
living quarters will also be a factor in
determining whether or not tankmates will
be a possibility.
Obviously there are some fishes that
will have a better chance at survival in a