Animal Stories - Golden Severum

Animal-World Information about: Golden Severum

A long time staple of the fishkeeping hobby, the Golden Severum is a beautful and fun cichlid!
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Grace - 2012-11-13
Hello! I have a 55 gallon tank and raised in 4 tin foil barb (about 2-inches in size) and 3 tiger barb, 1 bala shark, and 2 tiny albino catfish bottom feeder for 2 months. When I went to the pet shop two weeks ago, I fell in love with the gold severum and immediately purchased 4 they're about over an inch big. I noticed that the two of the tin foils have patches on their body. It doesn't look like an ich so I observed the severum if they are nipping the tin foils and they are. I need your expertise. Should i put them in a separate tank? And how often should I clean my tank? Appreciate your help.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-14
    The biggest problem with your set up is the size of the tank.  Severums are peaceful as long as they have their own territories and in a 55 Gallon tank there is just not enough space and will make them act out.  The tank is fine for one with the fish you have not 4.
Smokin\'Shotgun - 2012-09-10
My daughter purchased me 2 gold sevrums about 7 months ago and they have been doing great however the past couple of days one of them have been hanging out at the opening of a skeleton dinosaur head inside it outside of it and only comes out to eat the other stands guard and chases away anyone who comes near...I haven't spotted any eggs and this is the first time it has happened. she doesn't look sick but she has a reddish belly from laying on the rocks I think...Can you give me some ideas of what its going on?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-10
    Maybe going through the process and making claim to it's territory.
  • Joy - 2012-11-02
    Your sevrums are pairing off. when the eyes deepen in color and the bellys turn reddish they are approaching breeding. My blue/green sevrums have done the same thing. Although their eyes also turned more red. They laid eggs for the third time 3 weeks ago and they guard the offspring from the oscars, geophagus, and red hooks. I have a 125 gal tank and they will not let the other fish swim past the halfway point. I would think that you have a pair and are establishing their breeding area.
ash - 2013-04-13
My Severum was attacked down one side by another Cichlid in my tank. Its been a few months and the scales have not been totally repaired. Any suggestions?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-04-13
    I would add an additive to helppromote slime coat.
shortcake - 2013-03-19
I have about 9 severums in a tank and I noticed that 2 of them have red mouths, but I wwatched them for a while and they aren't fighting or anything can someone tell me why it's like that?

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faith - 2012-12-30
I have had a (1) golden severum for a minimum of 15 years now.. he has been a lot of entertainment for us, he lives in a 10 gallon aquarium & is a very happy... he is very versatile, our electricity with storms have been out for days and all these years past and he's done fine... he his even gone without having any food put in the aquarium for days with no problems. He moves his rocks in the bottom of the aquarium from on e end to the other and stays very busy, quite a wonder to watch!

Shawn Handley Jr. - 2012-04-09
You know how a parrot cichlid was a result of a crosbreed right? If you crossed a gold severum with a gold convict would you get a golden cichlid looking almost like a parrot cichlid?

Shawn Handley Jr. - 2012-10-17
hi i have a 55 gallon fishtank and am curious if and what i could add to it. The tank inhabitants are currently 1 6 inch male severum (is very freindly and wont go after any fish other than the red hook who he has tried to breed with), 1 5 inch red hook silver dollar, 1 rocket gar, 2 peacock eels, 5 cory cats, and 19 fathead minnows(food for rocket gar), and lastly a 9 inch pleco. The tank is sparsley decorated and there is plenty of swimming room. I am thinking about adding another kind of cichlid or large fish like a tinfoil barb. The tank gets weekly water changes and i feed the fish bloodworm cubes every 3-4 day, fathead minnows, and hikari large floating cichlid pellets. so any recommendations or advice will be appreciated thanks.

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  • Shawn Handley Jr. - 2012-10-20
    now housing 9 fathead minnows never seen him eat them that fast and much
Gary - 2012-03-11
I have successfully mated a male turquoise severum with striped convict. The young are gorgeous!! What a adventure!

chris wood - 2012-09-19
Hi there, I recently rescued two gold sevs from a mean red devil cichlid, the pair are doing well but where the scales were damaged it seems to going a blackish colour. They seem happy enough and eating well. Any ideas what it could be( maybe scar tissue? Thanks, Chris

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-20
    Could be some scaring.  It may actually heal up if new scales grow back.  Keep water clean and should have nothing to worry about.
Lakshminarayanan K. - 2012-06-29
Thanks for the wonderful article. I have two yellow severums, and two brown severums. The brown fellas have been with me for more than 3 years now, while the Yellow Severums are just about 3 years old now. 1 question - you suggest to add Green Peas into their diet. Do I need to cook the green peas? To what level? Very soft level? Or just soak them overnight and then give them to my handsome fellows?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-30
    Don't cook them.  Cooking breaks down a lot of the peas nutrition.  Just put them in thaw.