Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Cichlid Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 10-04-2014, 05:03 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 60
Severum aquarium

I have a large gold severum in a 38 gallon aquarium, I was wonderinng if this was enough or if I should upgrade. I am going for a 75 gallon aquarium and also wonder how many severums could be held in a 75 gallon.

Any other advice on severums would also be appreciated, like what plants can be kept with them without them eating it.
__________________

__________________
W1nt3rsh0wl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2014, 05:33 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
dalto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 2,104
I would say a 4ft tank is the minimum for a severum. They will reach the 8-10" at full adulthood.

Groups of severums are going to be hit or miss. I have seen 4 severums in a 75g without issue and I have tried to put 3 together and one of them constantly harassed the other 2. That being said, overall they are a fairly peaceful fish. Especially with other species.

Other South American cichlids that are generally compatible.
Satanoperca Leucosticta
Geophagus winemilleri
Geophagus dicrozoster
Geophagus sp. "Red Head Tapajos"
Geophagus steindachneri
Geophagus abalios
Geophagus surinamensis
Aequidens metae
Uaru amphiacanthoides
Biotodoma species
Mesonauta species(Festivum)
Mikrogeophagus Altispinosus(Bolivian Ram)
Hypselecara temporalis(Chocolate cichlid)
Apstiogramma species
Apistogrammoides pucallpaensis
Laetacara dorsigera
Laetacara curviceps
Acarichthys heckelii

Other fish
Most tetras that aren't snack sized. (I have not seem them predate tetras in my aquaria but it has been reported)
Most loricariids(plecos)
Corydoras species

Basically, most peaceful fish can be tank mates for a severum.

EDIT: A couple of additional things.
1 - Apparently I made a giant list of peaceful SA fish while I wasn't paying attention.
2 - While I believe all those fish are compatable with the Heros species(Severum), I was not recommending you keep them all and you should ensure you have a large enough tank for whatever additional species you would like to keep.
__________________

__________________
dalto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2014, 06:02 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
mikem691's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Chicago
Posts: 4,673
I would move the one severum to a 75 and add some smaller geophagus. As far as plants go with a severum it never worked for me.

Sent from my EVO using Aquarium Advice mobile app
__________________
mikem691 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-04-2014, 11:40 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Freakgecko91's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Maryland
Posts: 4,399
Quote:
Originally Posted by mikem691 View Post
I would move the one severum to a 75 and add some smaller geophagus. As far as plants go with a severum it never worked for me.

Sent from my EVO using Aquarium Advice mobile app

A 75 really isn't enough space for a large species to be with geos. Most geo species will get over 6" each, and hAving done this, I can say from experience that issues arise easily


Sent from my iPhone using Aquarium Advice
__________________
Freakgecko91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2014, 01:11 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
mikem691's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Chicago
Posts: 4,673
Quote:
Originally Posted by Freakgecko91 View Post
A 75 really isn't enough space for a large species to be with geos. Most geo species will get over 6" each, and hAving done this, I can say from experience that issues arise easily


Sent from my iPhone using Aquarium Advice
I stand corrected

Sent from my EVO using Aquarium Advice mobile app
__________________
mikem691 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2014, 01:15 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
dalto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 2,104
Quote:
Originally Posted by Freakgecko91 View Post
A 75 really isn't enough space for a large species to be with geos. Most geo species will get over 6" each, and hAving done this, I can say from experience that issues arise easily
I have done this very successfully. I think it depends which geos in specific your are talking about. Something small like a group of G. sp. "Red Head Tapajos" which stays sub-5" should do fine in a 75 with a single severum.

Altifrons, on the other hand, not so much. Also, pretty much none of the non-true Geophagus would work.
__________________
dalto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2014, 03:54 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Cumberland, MD
Posts: 2,444
Upgrade to a 125 and you'll have enough room for a pair of severums and a group of silver dollars. A Synodontis catfish or a group of botias, and a pair of BN pleco's for cleanup crew. Plastic plants, severums will eat just about anything real.
__________________
toddnbecka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2014, 08:26 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Freakgecko91's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Maryland
Posts: 4,399
Quote:
Originally Posted by dalto View Post
I have done this very successfully. I think it depends which geos in specific your are talking about. Something small like a group of G. sp. "Red Head Tapajos" which stays sub-5" should do fine in a 75 with a single severum.

Altifrons, on the other hand, not so much. Also, pretty much none of the non-true Geophagus would work.

I used g. sp. Rio Pindare. It worked well for a while but I had issues with them picking on the runt


Sent from my iPhone using Aquarium Advice
__________________
Freakgecko91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2014, 12:07 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
dalto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 2,104
Quote:
Originally Posted by Freakgecko91 View Post
I used g. sp. Rio Pindare. It worked well for a while but I had issues with them picking on the runt
That is interesting. How big was the group?
__________________
dalto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2014, 02:24 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Freakgecko91's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Maryland
Posts: 4,399
Quote:
Originally Posted by dalto View Post
That is interesting. How big was the group?

7 but I did have some other fish


Sent from my iPhone using Aquarium Advice
__________________

__________________
Freakgecko91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
aquarium, severum

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Green severum with swimbladder issues QTOFFER Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 6 07-21-2004 06:39 PM
gold severum question strat Cichlid Discussion 3 04-06-2004 02:20 PM
2 inch severum sick! Raimeiken Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 0 01-21-2004 06:29 PM
Fins stuck to body of severum - also question on KH and GH spiritskr Cichlid Discussion 12 11-14-2003 08:13 AM
Severum lethargic after ph change. spiritskr Cichlid Discussion 7 11-11-2003 08:02 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:47 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.