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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Shawn Handley Jr. - 2012-04-12
URGENT!!! My pet golden severum has been doing this a couple of times it would shake or twitch once or twice occasionly when it goes to eat. I think it may be a genetic disorder please comment on whats wrong

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-13
    Are you having Amonia spikes? If it is during eating it may just be out of pure excitement.
lee - 2011-02-06
I have just bought a 5" golden severum to put in my 5ft tank and my parrot cichlid keeps chasing him and won't leave him alone, will he kill my severum?

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  • samiran roy,india - 2011-11-04
    Parrot cichlids can be mean. I also had the same problem when I introduced a pair of oscars in the tank of parrot cicilids. After the first day, the oscars had no fins, and on the second day they were dead. It is best you remove either the parrot cichlid or the severum before its too late.
  • Alex Burleson - 2011-11-05
    Cichlids can generally handle the stress applied from other cichlids. However, as long as the Severum's scales/fins are not damaged it should be fine. Additionally, if you have other tank mates for the Blood Parrot, then it would divert attention from that one fish. If you believe the Severum is suffering a great amount of stress, then re-house the Blood Parrot, or Severum in another aquarium.
John - 2011-09-18
Our green severums have laid many eggs. How do we know if they are fertile or not. Thank you in advance for your help.

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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-19
    The attached Animal World article will explain the breeding process of the severums. You will know soon.
Tina - 2011-06-07
We have a breeding pair and they have laid their eggs numerous times, each time getting a little farther. The first time, they ate the eggs, second, third and fourth time, the eggs hatched and within a few days, they ate the babies and this last time, almost a week after the hatch, they ate the babies when they begin to swim around. Why do they do this? is this normal?
We pulled some out just after they hatched and moved into another aquarium and they are doing great so far!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-08
    Animal World article says

    "Once the eggs hatch and they are still in the pre-swimming larval stage, the parents will take them into their mouths. Once they are free swimming the parents will allow them to hunt for foods like freshly hatched brine shrimp, ground flake or pellet food, micro worms, and daphnia. The parents will care for them for up to 6 weeks. Removing the egg clutch after the pair have spawned will result in a larger brood if you are breeding them. See more about cichlid breeding in: Breeding Freshwater Fish."

    Your guys might still be learning. It takes awhile. Then in captivity sometimes it is just a whole lot easier to remove the babies and place them in another tank. It would be the same thing as hand feeding baby birds. Sometimes the paretns don't have a clue what they are supposed to be doing. Parenthood is not nessarily instinctive - it is frequently learned.

lin - 2011-05-05
Just acquired a 10 inch golden severum. He is living with my two juvenile oscars and a flowerhead cichlid, 4 pepper corys 1 plec and 2 raphael, and his mate from previous tank a syndontis spotted cat. I already love this boy. He is so laid back unless annoyed by the oscars. I am now converted as he is so full of character and a stunning sight in our tank.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-06
    How big is your tank? Must be huge.
Jen - 2010-12-10
Our Gold Severum is already 7 yrs old. Does anybody know their average longevity?

Jesse - 2010-12-05
I have 1 Green Severum, 1 Gold Severum, and 2 Red Severums that breed often. They are kept with many other cichlids and community fish in a custom 140 gallon aquarium. They a very docile fish unless provoked. At 8 inches each they are beautiful fish.

Jodie - 2010-06-13
I haven't a clue if mines a males or female, sooooo confused! It hasn't got many squiggles but does have point fins, help me!

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  • Garett - 2010-08-17
    Hi, That sounds like a female to me, Fins aren't the most reliable in most cases mostly look at the squiggles.
  • Anonymous - 2010-12-04
    Both male and females can have long pointed fins and is not an accurate way of determining the sex of severums.
Sarah - 2010-05-15
IMO the best fish you can keep. Smart, cute, funny, and peaceful. It's funny how they say severums are smaller then the discus. The severum can get to be 12" long and has a much thicker body then the discus who is very slim. Severums are chunky fish.

They are can live well with other severums if raised with them. Keeping 3 or more males is your best bet but you will need a 100 + gal tank for more then 2. I have a green severum and a red spot severum. I love these fish and if I could only keep one type of fish this would be it. They are great. Mine eats from my hand and likes to show off.

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  • Kathleen - 2010-06-21
    My green severum eats from my hand as well. He also likes to play - with the plastic zucchini holder, a sea shell, the heater (ack!), but not the ping pong ball. I'll have to try to anchor it to the bottom or add some weight to it. I need a bigger tank so I can get him a friend. Right now there are just a couple of plecos and one other small fish.
  • michale - 2010-11-19
    I have nine frontosas, they are five or six inches now. I decided to keep a red severum can you tell me how to feed them as you say yours eat from your hand and likes to show off and which temperature they can survive?
jen - 2008-04-01
We had our severums, a gold & green, in our 125 until two days ago and then we put them in their own tank. They laid eggs today, 4-1-08, I guess about 500 or so. Now he is protecting them from her, she did get in and get a couple. So I think we will wait and see, hopefully he will still protect them. This is their first batch.

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  • somu - 2010-10-24
    Nothing to get worried...