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I have Midas/RD (more Midas imo) for exactly 1 year now, I'm guessing he's was about 3-4 months old when i go him. He have really nice color and very active however he seem small compared to some specimen's I've seen on Youtube and various websites. He about 8 and 9 inches, tail included, he look a lot less impressive compared to 12+ inches specimen's I've seen.

He live alone in a 90 gallons tank with a few dithers. I feed him NLS, Omega One and Hikari pellets, alternating each brand. I also give him freeze dried bloodworms or krill once per week. I do at least one 40% water change every week, sometime 25% water change every 2 days.

So my question is, can he still grow, knowing that he probably won't grow as fast now?

Around what age he will grow a nuchal hump? If he have the gene of course.
 

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They grow really quickly until they hit about half their adult size, and then they slow down quite a bit. But they continue to grow (very slowly) for a couple years. I have an adult male that I got from a friend when the fish was about 2 years old (the friend had bred the fish and raised it). He was probably about 11" when I got him at 2 years old. I've had him for about four years now, and he's grown to 14" in that time. So he's added a couple inches after reaching the 2-year age mark.

As for the nuchal hump...at 8-9" he probably would have started to develop one if he was going to. Are you sure it's a male?
 

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That's actually very inaccurate, and with most cichlids is wrong. Pointed dorsals - or any other fin - are not an accurate indication of sex at all, especially in American cichlids. Also - there is no telling what hump size any fish will get. Just because it may be a male, doesn't mean it will get a hump. Development depends on many different factors, such as genetics, dominance, feeding, water and living conditions...etc.

In order to tell, we'd need a good picture of the vent of your fish (right by the anal fin). Very nice fish though.
Above is a quote from SinisterKisses on your original thread. You really do need to vent these fish to be 100% sure. I know of somebody who we were both convinced had a male, that was until She started laying eggs two years after he bought her. I can't wait to see updated pics of you fish, it looks very nice in your original post.
 

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That is a beauty LordDracula. Lovely shape and colour.
 

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U said he looks a lot less impressive then other 11-12 inch. That's an impressive rd/midas. I love the white on him ,awesome looking rd/midas
 

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SinisterKisses said:
They grow really quickly until they hit about half their adult size, and then they slow down quite a bit. But they continue to grow (very slowly) for a couple years. I have an adult male that I got from a friend when the fish was about 2 years old (the friend had bred the fish and raised it). He was probably about 11" when I got him at 2 years old. I've had him for about four years now, and he's grown to 14" in that time. So he's added a couple inches after reaching the 2-year age mark.

As for the nuchal hump...at 8-9" he probably would have started to develop one if he was going to. Are you sure it's a male?
Have you got a picture of your male please SK? I love seeing these big Amphilophus species. :thumb:
 

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I use to have a 11" male red devil without that much of a hump. I'm feeding my new juvenile RD with Sumo Red and time will tell if his hump grows a little bigger.
 

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What a beauty SK. Thank you. I have kept a wide variety of New World Cichlids, but I find myself always coming back to the Amphilophus complex. They have everything in my opinion. I would like to raise a pair of true Trimac's next.
 
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