07-29-2009, 03:47 PM
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I had a 75 with an oscar that was about a foot long, a 6 inch Dempsey, and I added a firemouth, another dempsey, a black convict, and a red devil. The red devil was the smallest and I wasn't sure he would survive the others but he was on a super sale and very pretty. Besides, I figured they were all south american so they'd all get along, right?
He ballooned up in size, passed up the dempsey even, and started terrorizing everyone. The oscar wouldn't take his crap, but he managed to kill everyone else except the big dempsey. No fish store would take him, the only other tank I had at the time was a 10 gallon, and he was a 7 inch fish. When I'd put him in time-out in the 10 gallon he'd sink the bottom and turn white and I'd get scared he would die in there, so I'd put him back in the 75 and within an hour he'd be biting and shaking other fish. Finally a patient took him and went to a swap meet and contacted the guy who was second place bidder on a 5 inch Red Devil. He had bid $32 so he said he'd give her $30 for mine. She told me that she thought he go up to $40. I told her to take the money and run, I paid less than $2 for the thing and all I care about was finding him a good home. Then her husband came home and was mad at her for some reason so he threw the fish in the backyard.
I'd get another red devil if I had a tank to put one in, they're really pretty and fun to watch and smart, but they'll make life miserable for weaker fish.