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Poll: What is the most aggressive Central American Cichlid? (40 member(s) have cast votes)

What is the most aggressive Central American Cichlid?

  1. Red Devils (Amphilophus labiatus) (19 votes [47.50%])

    Percentage of vote: 47.50%

  2. Archocentrus octofasciatus (1 votes [2.50%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.50%

  3. Firemouth (Thorichthys meeki) (2 votes [5.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.00%

  4. Salvini (Cichlasoma salvini) (2 votes [5.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.00%

  5. Dovii (Parachromis dovii) (6 votes [15.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.00%

  6. Other (Please list) (10 votes [25.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 25.00%

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#1 Wrathchild

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Posted 31 January 2004 - 02:36 PM

Heh, just making small talk-ish. I own 3 red devils currently, so my vote is with them.

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Posted 31 January 2004 - 05:17 PM

i agree. My friend has one with a firemouth and he always says that the Red Devils are the most agressive.

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Posted 04 February 2004 - 12:56 PM

I kept a male Dovii for many years in a large aquarium. He grew to a good 15 inches and was quite bulky. Unfortunately I have no pictures but it was a magnificent fish. It owned the tank. I could not keep any fish with it, even when it was young. Once when I tried to introduce a large Jaguar it rammed my hand as I lowered the fish into the tank. The tank had a large rock sructure in it with good hiding places but although small fish tried to hide the Dovii would ram the rocks trying to shift them to get at the fish. Beleive me, these fish are very very aggresive. :angry:

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Posted 17 February 2004 - 09:15 PM

Red Devils are smart fish, which thinks. food first competion later.

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Posted 21 February 2004 - 01:12 PM

how do i vote

#6 Matt

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Posted 22 February 2004 - 10:43 AM

Red devils are pretty mean to

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Posted 24 February 2004 - 02:04 AM

I've heard of jack dempseys eating pirahnas and red devils.

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Posted 24 February 2004 - 09:24 PM

i agree a jack dempsey would rip them all a new a hole lol

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Posted 03 March 2004 - 10:09 AM

what about the green terror is that a central american or a south american? either way it will kick the crap out of a red devil in an instant

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Posted 13 March 2004 - 06:38 AM

i have a five inch green terror and he is very aggresive. i had a midas cichlid in the same tank with him that was almost 8 inches long and my green terror killed him. he harasses my two full grown oscars and theyll try to eat him but hes too big.he is almost twice as small as my oscars but yet he still messes with them/. so i dont guess size matters in the fish world

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Posted 08 April 2004 - 05:08 PM

I have had numerous Red Devils and Green Terrors and though some Terrors can be aggressive the most are pussies. Red Devils are extremely aggressive but of the two Dovii I have had, both outgrew and dominated the Red Devil in the same tank. My vote is with the Dovii.

P.S. In general the Jack Dempsey is in another league and should probably be kept with goldfish and guppies and other worthless whimps.

#12 knoxvillecichlids

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Posted 13 April 2004 - 01:13 PM

When i was younger we had a 100 Gallon tank with a Red Devil, Jack Dempsey, Oscar and an Arowana. All of them 5+ inches. They were all aggressive but the Red Devil was always the worst.

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Posted 14 April 2004 - 08:57 AM

I HAVE A BREEDING COLONY OF JAGUARS AND THEY ARE DAMN MEAN THEY WILL POUND A DEMPSEY (WHICH I ALSO HAVE BEAUTIFUL ELECTRIC BLUE) I HAD TO GET RID OF MY RED DEVIL HE WAS TWICE THE JAGUARS SIZE AND THEY WERE POUNDING IT THEY KILLED 2 GREEN TERRORS AND 1 BUTTERCOFFERI AFRICAN

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Posted 30 April 2004 - 06:10 PM

i think oscars are pretty aggresive although i think they're a SA CICHLID

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Posted 24 May 2004 - 04:44 AM

I keep Herichtys carpinte and Octofasciatum with one green terror...

The green terror doesn't have a chance against any of them.

The jack dempsey male and the carpinte male got simular strength...

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Posted 25 May 2004 - 05:36 PM

Here is my understanding of Green Terrors. The Green Terrors that you find in lfs today, are not the fish that were originally imported under that name. The 'original' Green Terror lived up to its name and was on par, if not more aggressive than a Red Devil. That fish has all but ceased to be imported and the fish you see labeled as Green Terrors now can actually be one of several look-alike species. Thats why their level of aggression varies so much more than other fish. I'm sure some people have GTs that couldn't be housed with anything else, and some people have had some that were more of a community fish. Feel free to correct me, Americans really aren't my area of knowledge, thats just what I've been told.

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Posted 03 June 2004 - 05:13 AM

Jack Dempsey's are the worst! They could take down anyhting any day, one once took down an oscar and almost killed a pacu I owned!

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Posted 03 June 2004 - 01:43 PM

When I first started keeping Cichlids I bought a Jack Dempsey and 3 Electric Yellow's and 1 menlachromis aurotosis (spelling)...The 1 menlochromis beat the crap out of the Jack Dempsey that was 3 times its size...so I really don't think that Jacks are all that mean to anything but minnows, guppies, and gold fish.

Now, about keeping the Jack with the Africans...not an experience I would recommend to anyone. The wise people at Petco told me it would be a great idea and everyone would live happily ever after. They were way off. The people @ Petco are not the people that you should go to for advice on fish keeping. I was never told about cycling my tank and all the other things I needed to know about cichlids...SO I started to do research on the internet about what I can keep together and how to do it properly. That is where sites like this one come in handy...message boards are the best...

Now I want 3 tanks, 1 for Haps/Peacocks, 1 for Tang's, and one for New World...some day I will have em all!

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Posted 20 June 2004 - 03:54 PM

Dovi's are the most agressive. Umbee's, Trimac's and Festae's (red terrors)come in a close second, followed by Midas, Red Devils and Jags. Dovi's will simply outgrow everything else and kill them. I have had all these fish at one time and that is my experience with them.

Green Terrors and Jack Dempseys can hold there own in some cases depending on their personality. Some are really mean and others are not. I had a Dempsey that more than held his own against a Red Devil and a Jag but he eventually got out grown and I had to move him.

Make sure you have enough room (at least 180 gallons) and that should help with agression.

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Posted 02 November 2004 - 07:20 AM

a convict of comprable size to any other fish would tear it up during breeding time. I have had a pair of convicts subdue a full grown oscar.




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