Midas cichlid (Red Devil Cichlid)
It belongs to the family Cichlidae
Cost: $5-45, the juveniles are sometimes given away for free from most breeders, but large adults for showing will command the higher price range.
The Midas cichlid is a large cichlid and is best kept in a tank of its own. Makes an excellent pet for any aquarist but breeding should be left to aquarists who are familiar with aggression management.
Central America, and chiefly the great lakes of Nicaragua.
Males will reach a size of 13.4 (34 cm), with the females being much smaller.
Males will be larger, have longer fins, more aggressive and will have a nuchal hump.
The tank should be at least 36 x 18 x 18 in ( 90 x 45 x 45 cm) for a single adult. For a pair the tank should be 48 x 18 x 18 (120 x 45 x 45 cm).
Temperature 74-78 degrees Fahrenheit (23.5-27 Celsius). Water, moderately hard to very hard with a Ph rating of 7.5 or higher. Do not have plants in the tank, they will destroyed. Instead have weathered bogwood, and clay pipes. The Midas cichlid prefers to stay at the bottom or in the middle of the tank. You should keep one to a tank, or a pair. The only exception is if your raising unsexed juveniles.
The Midas cichlid is omnivorous and will eat small fish or any other type of food that is of suitable size.
The male Midas cichlid is very aggressive and territorial. Both males and females will dig and will dislodge equipment that is not set firmly in place.
When trying to breed Midas cichlids make sure that adequate room is given since males will become so aggressive that even if fry are born, the male may still kill the female. A tank divider is highly recommended when considering to breed Midas cichlids.
Here is a great video on what a Midas Cichlid looks like.