Also known as Cichlasoma labiatum (according to the older nomenclature) it is widely known and referred to by its common name Red Devil. A New World cichlid (comes from Central America) which has all the typical characteristics of the family. Aggressive (with fish of equal or smaller size) should be kept with tankmates of the same temperament and size. Intolerant of its own species and a pronounced digger calls for a big tank without any plants (usually bogwood and rocks will be enough). Good parental care for the fry by both parents, which in turn means that when spawning takes place casualties are not rare especially if the notes on tankmates have not been taken into consideration.
Will reach a final size of 25 cm (in large tanks adults my exceed this limit). This species, as with most new worlds cichlids should not be kept with other species which are much larger or much more aggressive. When a pair is formed it may be a good idea to remove any other males of the same species. They need a neutral - slightly alkaline pH (7-7,5) although they are not particularly choosy concerning the water parameters.