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Premium Quality
Severum for Sale
A wonderful Neotropical Cichlid species.
     
Severum for sale  
     
Above: In the picture, a young Premium Red Spotted Severum for sale at our online store. This Cichlid was swimming in one of our aquariums, when one of us snapped this picture.    
     
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Severum for sale
Green Severums at AquariumFish.net, where you can shop online for a Green Severum Cichlid.
Severum Cichlids at AquariumFish.net
Green Severum male

 
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Pictures: above and middle a Juvenile 2.5" Severum, bottom 7" Severum.

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This is a gentle beautiful Cichlid species that almost all owners come to love as a wonderful pet fish.
 
Scientific name: this fish may be Heros severus or a hybrid of H. severus and H.
efasciatus.

For a long time this fish was called Cichlasoma severum.
 

 
       
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Red Spotted Severum Cichlid at AquariumFish.net

Red Spotted Severum Cichlid at AquariumFish.net
 
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Pictures: top, a dazzling 2.5" long Red Spotted Severum in one of our aquariums.

The next picture down shows the same fish a few months later, when it's grown to be about 4" long.

The next picture was taken a few weeks later, and the bottom picture a few weeks after that.
 
In the pictures you can see the fish growing and its coloration intensifying.

Click on each picture to see a bigger picture.
 
This is a very beautiful fish, and as you can see in the pictures, we have the most beautiful strain of this fish, which is very mild tempered too.

Highly recommended.
 
Scientific name: Heros efasciatus
 

 
       
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Red Spotted Severum Cichlid at AquariumFish.net

Red Spotted Severum Cichlid at AquariumFish.net
 
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Red Spotted
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Pictures: top, a dazzling 2.5" long Red Spotted Severum in one of our aquariums.

The next picture down shows the same fish a few months later, when it's grown to be about 4" long.

The next picture was taken a few weeks later, and the bottom picture a few weeks after that.
 
In the pictures you can see the fish growing and its coloration intensifying.

Click on each picture to see a bigger picture.
 
This is a very beautiful fish, and as you can see in the pictures, we have the most beautiful strain of this fish, which is very mild tempered too.

Highly recommended.
 
Scientific name: Heros efasciatus
 

 
       
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Red Shoulder
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This is a very mild tempered Cichlid that is a very good aquarium fish.

Highly recommended.
 
Scientific name: this fish may be Heros severus or a new fish that scientists have not yet described and given a scientific name.
 

 
       
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Gold Severum Cichlid at AquariumFish.net

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Gold Severum Cichlid at AquariumFish.net.
Gold Severum Cichlid at AquariumFish.net.

 
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Pictures: Taken in one of our planted aquariums. Click on each picture to see a bigger picture.
 
This is a very mild tempered Cichlid that is a very good aquarium fish. Highly recommended.
 
Scientific name: this fish may be Heros severus or a hybrid of H. severus and H.
efasciatus.

For a long time this fish was called Cichlasoma severum.
 

 
       

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Below in this section is lots of information about Severums that we recommend you read, before ordering them.
 
Maximum Size: in aquariums Severums often grow to be 5" or 6" long, sometimes 9", rarely 12" and perhaps even bigger with ideal water conditions and lots of premium food.
 
All or almost all mammals like you, me, cats, dogs, and mice grow to a maximum size then grow smaller in old age.
 
Unlike mammals, all or almost all fish species continue to grow larger throughout their entire lives; so infrequently there are very old, very large Severums.
 
Behaviors: generally Severums are mild tempered fish except when spawning. Severums enjoy examining the bottom, the mid-waters, and the water's surface. They're usually shy but often curious about people.
 
Compatibility: recommended tank mates include Firemouth Cichlids, Eartheaters, Electric Blue Jack Dempseys, Plecostomus Catfish, Pictus Catfish, ...
 
Severums, like most fish, will eat smaller fish that fit into their mouths. Severums will not do well in an aquarium with very aggressive fish like regular Jack Dempseys.
 
Temperature: 74 to 80 degrees F. Click here to learn about aquarium temperature, aquarium thermometers, and aquarium heaters.
 
Feeding: Premium Flakes, when small. Premium Pellets, when larger. Click here to learn more about and shop online for premium fish foods.
 
Severums also enjoy eating peas. DrTom buys a small bag of frozen peas, takes a few out, and puts them in a glass of water to thaw. Then he drops them into the aquarium for the Severums to eat. They love their peas!
 
If the Severums are small, it helps to squeeze the hearts of the peas out of their husks and feed just the hearts.
 
Water Conditions: ideally soft water with a pH of about 6 to 7, and this kind of water may be necessary for Severum eggs to hatch.
 
But this fish can easily adapt to harder more alkaline water with a pH up to 8.
 
Collectors of wild Severums have told us that during the dry season their water usually becomes harder and the pH may go up to 8. So these fish are able to gradually adapt to a variety of water conditions.
 
Here in our facilities the water is hard and the pH is usually about 7.8. We ship them in this water.
 
Aquarium Size: eventually at least 80-gallons, and even bigger will be better.
 
Decor: Severums are easily startled and often swim off very fast and can jump. So it's important not to have anything sharp in their aquarium and to have a tight fitting aquarium cover or hood.
 
Gravel is not necessary, and many experienced aquarists have no gravel, but many other aquarists think a bare-bottom aquarium is too stark. So a very thin layer of so-called #2 gravel is a nice compromise.
 
Aquatic plants and/or aquarium-safe driftwood are both nice but not necessary. Severums will eat most types of live aquarium plants. Severums prefer dim lighting.
 
Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel filters are highly recommended. Two Penguin 350B filters will fit on the back of an 80-gallon aquarium and are ideal. Click here to learn more about aquarium filters.
 
The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range. Click here to learn more using Lava Rocks in aquariums.
 
Life Span: at least 10-years and probably longer. So you should be sure that you can commit to taking care of them for many years.
 
Gender: if you get young fish of the same size and raise them together, the males will usually grow to be larger, develop a slight bump on their heads above their eyes, and grow longer more pointed fins.

Eventually males will be more colorful and females will be plumper, when they fill with eggs.

 
Breeding: get 6 or 8 young fish and raise them up together in a large aquarium. Eventually two of them will form a pair, and make the others miserable.
 
This species prefers to lay eggs on a large flat rock. The eggs hatch in a few days, and the parents mouthbrood the tiny babies, which are large enough to eat powdered food.
 
Click here for a lot more about breeding Tropical Fish in aquariums.
 
Popularity: For a long-long time Severums have been a very popular aquarium fish. When young they are gray, tan, and then olive green, but when mature they're colorful. Many aquarists seem to enjoy their mild and friendly personalities.
 
Names: Their scientific name is now Heros efasciatus, which may in fact be a complex of several closely related species or subspecies.

For a long time this species was misidentified as Cichlasoma severum, which is a different species now named Heros severus that's rarely available to aquarists.

Variations: There are different color varieties of this species. The natural colors of the wild fish are rather green, and so these are often called Green Severums or Wild Severums, even though they were probably raised by fish farmers and are not really wild fish from the Amazon Rainforests, where their ancestors lived.
 
This species has at least two other color variations called the Golden Severum and the Red Spotted Severum.

These variations were discovered among spawns of baby fish by fish farmers.

Apparently Gold Severums and Red Spotted Severums have never been reported in their natural habitats.

 
Recent research has revealed that Severum's closest relatives are Discus.
 
We hope you've enjoyed reading these comments.

DrT - 01/05/2014

 
 
 
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