Severum cichlids can be easily identified by their distinctive colors. Males are larger, have a nuchal hump on their forehead, and have pointed fin extensions. Females are smaller, with more subtle coloration, and have a dark spot on their dorsal fin. Severum cichlids mature at the same time and pair off naturally. Their differences can be attributed to a wide variety of factors, such as environment, and food.
Several species of severums live together, forming a shoal. In community aquariums, these fish are often aggressive and territorial and will try to protect their offspring. Depending on the species, this shoal may be small or large. Several fish may live in the same tank but are best kept apart. They like hiding places and live plants. During the day, these fish will rest in the open, but they need quiet areas to hide. If you disturb their sleeping hours, you might disturb their resting time and could even result in illness.
Unlike many other fish, severums do not physically mate. They mate through spawning. The male lays eggs in a flat rock and the female guards the nest. The eggs hatch in three to five days, depending on the fertilization rate. During the spawning process, severums are known to display parental traits. First-time parents tend to eat the fry, but when the fry reach adulthood, they will defend their babies.
Severum cichlids change their color in response to their environment. When stressed, they may darken. Stressful factors in an aquarium include other tank mates, poor water quality, and lack of dither fish. You can try adding a Cardinal Tetra to the aquarium to provide a protective atmosphere for these shy fish. This fish is also known for its kissing behavior. So, if you want to add a severum to your tank, make sure you know how to properly care for it.
Laterally compressed body
The severum is a small, lateral-compressed fish with a spade-like profile. Unlike discus, it is not bred into as many gaudy colour strains. They have fewer neurotic tendencies and are less likely to smash into aquarium walls. As their name implies, they are not true discus, but they do imitate the flounder.
Gold severum is the most common cichlid, but its counterpart, the green severum, is much less popular. The gold severum is an excellent choice for aquarium fish because of its lower price and easier maintenance than discus. Its bright yellow color and pattern on the head make it a desirable addition to any aquarium. In addition to its beauty, it is known for its affectionate personality.
Gold severums are semi-aggressive. They should not be kept with docile fish such as angel fish and loaches. However, they are compatible with many types of fish, including angel fish, gouramis, and parrot cichlids. Severums are one of the longest-lived fish in the aquarium, with many severums living up to ten years.
The golden severum is a popular fish in the hobby. Golden severum is a species of Severum cichlid that is easy to recognize. The fish is also easily distinguished by its oval-shaped frame and lateral ribs. It has five common names, but only two species are available in the aquarium trade. They are often kept together with other cichlids.
The severum fish is a tropical freshwater species native to South America. There are five known types in the wild and several variations of color in captivity. The most common type is Heros severus, also called the banded cichlid. They have compressed bodies with white bases and soft yellow tails. Some species have dark horizontal stripes on their bodies, giving them a distinctive pattern.
The coloration of the male and female severums is similar. The male severums are more pointed and have a black nuchal hump. Females lack markings on their head and have a much smaller body than the male. Males grow into golden and black color forms, and are captive-bred in captivity. They pair up with six or eight other fish in a single tank, and they tend to care for their young.
When selecting a tank for a severum cichlid, the most important factor is to choose a suitable pH range and size. Severum cichlids require slightly acidic water to thrive in captivity. Water pH should be maintained within the 6.0-6.5 range. The cichlids don’t like high water flows. They are not good tankmates for aggressive or high-flow fish, so choose one with low-flow water to avoid stressful conditions for the fish.
If you have Severum fish in your aquarium, you have probably noticed that they often darken in color. This darkening is a natural response to stress. If you don’t want to expose them to the stress of captive breeding, you can use Cardinal Tetra to help make them feel safe. The darkening of their coloration is a sign of frightened behavior and may be an indication of poor water quality or stress.
Plecos are nocturnal, which makes them an excellent tank cleaner. They also need to be provided with ample hiding places and vitamin-rich foods. They tend to burrow into the substrate, so you will need to provide plenty of hiding places. Their long snout resembles that of a horse. It can be difficult to spot these fish in the tank, so be sure to keep a few in the tank at all times.
If you want to breed your severums, you must make room for them in the tank. You can help them by removing food from the tank, raising their fry, or ignoring the situation. If you don’t want to deal with the aggressive behavior, you can also choose tanks that allow severums to breed in communal environments. In this case, you must make sure to choose tank mates carefully, as Severums are not very tolerant of other fish, and your goal is to avoid any conflict that may arise between them.
The water hardness of an aquarium is a crucial factor to keep your aquarium’s inhabitants healthy. It should be between four and eight parts per million (dgh) and between 70 and 140 ppm (parts per million/ppm). There are two kinds of hardness in water: general hardness and carbonate hardness. Both types have different functions, but they both play a role in maintaining the pH level in the aquarium. Water that is too hard or too soft may lead to big pH swings that can be harmful to aquatic life.
In general, most fish can adapt to different degrees of hardness. Some species, like African cichlids, thrive in very hard water. Other fish, like congo tetras, can adapt to varying levels of hardness. The hardness level of the water in an aquarium is the same as the one in nature, which is why some fish are tolerant of extreme hardness levels. The range of hardness in an aquarium varies from one hobbyist to another.
Studies have shown that fish that live in water with high levels of zinc accumulate more than other species. High levels of zinc can damage organs and cause fish to suffer from oxidative stress. Hard water limits fish’s reproduction, and this can affect the length of a fish’s life. Hard water also reduces the amount of zinc a fish can absorb. Hard water reduces zinc and oxidative stress. However, fish living in soft water may adapt to the conditions. Consequently, they won’t be able to produce eggs.
The Severum is omnivorous, meaning it will eat a variety of foods. Frozen lettuce and peas seem to be their favorite food choices. They will also eat live plants, but plastic ones will work just as well. These omnivorous fish live ten to ten years and grow to around 10 inches. Keeping your tank clean is essential for keeping your fish healthy. Listed below are some basic tips for feeding your Severum.
A good severum diet should contain plenty of vegetables, such as broccoli and cabbage. They need small meals several times a day to maintain good health. Once a week, you can give them a fast day to reduce their food intake. Fasting is also an excellent way to keep your fish lean and healthy. However, it is important to avoid dyes and other additives when choosing a diet for your Severum.
Unlike other cichlids, Severum are very easy to breed. The female tends to mate with other gold severum in a communal tank. The female will dig an egg in the sand and then move it to another “pit” once it hatches. The eggs hatch in three to five days and are a light brown color. If the eggs are not fertilized, they turn white within one or two days.