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This is a tropical fish site for all tropical fish enthusiasts from beginner to expert. It has some nice tropical fish pictures and will hopefully have something of interest for all freshwater and marine fish keepers. These tropical fish pages provide some information about some of my favourite fish, along with tropical fish pictures of them. I have kept fish for many years now, ranging from community to marine. Over this period I have been drawn towards catfish, and the cichlids, which I must confess, through there antics have become my favourites. I now keep African and American cichlids, along with some catfish and plecs.

 
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Severum Cichlid

Picture of Adult Severum
Common nameSeverum, Banded cichlid
Scientific nameUsually referred to as Heros severus, but the "Severum" actually encountered in aquatic stores will often be H. efasciatus or other Heros sp.
Synonyms 
Size8" (20cm), but occasionally larger
OriginSouth America
Tank setupA large tank with some flat rocks and a few robust plants.
CompatibilityUsually a fairly peaceful cichlid, only aggressive when spawning.
Temperature23-25oC (73-77oF)
Water chemistrySoft and acidic prefered, pH 6.0-6.8, but also does fine in harder, alkaline water.
FeedingCarnivorous: feed live and frozen foods, will take flake.
SexingThe fins of the male are more pointed.
BreedingThe parents will pre-clean a stone or other flat surface, before as many as 1000 eggs are laid. The parents guard the eggs and fry. Heros severus practices bi-parental mouthbrooding, in contrast to the other species.
Comments A gold colour form of the Severum has been developed, which has proven popular.


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