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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Linda - 2013-11-23
I have 2 Red Severums that are about 4 yrs old. Having a difficult time figuring out if they are male and female. The smaller more vibrant one is always digging up gravel and spitting it out to make a large hole. Lately the larger less colorful one has been staying at the bottom of the tank and does not appear to be eating. It loves earthworms- but that's all it would eat- and I was worried that it was not getting proper nutrition so I stopped buying them and got some Cichlid pellets. Also, when the larger, less colorful one swims around- the smaller one swims right over, appearing to dominate it. The smaller more colorful one rules the tank- I know we have too many fish in our 55 gal tank but can't do anything about it until we move in a few months- we keep up on water changes and try to keep the ammonia/nitrate/nitrite lowered with a chemical additive- it's the best I can do right now. I'm not sure if the larger Red Severum with pale color is sick or maybe just being dominated by the smaller one. I could swear that one time we saw eggs on the bottom of a flat surface decoration in the tank, but they disappeared the next day and we have never seen them again. When we move I plan to only have the 2 Severums in the 55 gal tank and move the others to another tank. Neither one of them is an enthusiastic eater and we've tried many varieties of food- but they are still alive so they must be eating something!

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marissa - 2013-10-19
I have one golden sevrum, I've noticed what looks like air bubbles under his mouth that seem to flake off when he's swimming, he's on his own and  was attacking other fish in his previous home, pets at home advised anti fungus and finrot. Any ideas? Thanks.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-07
    I'm guessing what you have is a mouth fungus (columnaris) and I believe 'pets at home' gave you sound advise. The problem is mostly likely due to water quality so a water change would be the first order of business. Fungus itself can never be eliminated from the tank (the same is true of Finrot), and it is opportunistic. You can alleviate the current infection, see Mouth Fungus above for symptoms and treatment, and then fix the water quality so the fish's immune system will prevent any reoccurrence.

    The Severum Cichlid is from South America and so it needs soft, slightly acidic to neutral water. Be sure you have adequate filtration, sufficient oxygen, and make sure the tank is not overstocked. To keep the quality up, don't overfeed and perform regular water changes.
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Vijayan nair - 2013-10-24
I had 3 golden severons which I was keeping form 1 week old. They were fine and a few months back one of them I found standing head down. I shifted him in to another tank and tried to save him but could not. Now the second one is in the same situation. But he is responding to me like whenever I go near the tank he comes for food and takes food. Swimming normal for some time and again going back to the same head standing.This time I did not change him from the main tank. My tank is 2 mtrX90 cm x 60 cm and accompanied by other fishes like discuss, scavanger, clowns, mollies etc. Can you suggest any remedy for bringing him back to normal?

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!

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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?

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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
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