Gold Severum Cichlid (Heros severus) CareSheet
The Gold Severum is a color variant of (Heros severus
) Severum, popularly known as the Banded Cichlid. The scales of Severum exhibit an iridescent shine and an off-white to gold background hue. The Gold Severum is a trusting fish that readily accepts food from its owner's fingers.
A 30 gallon or bigger tank that is at least 40 inches long and 20 inches tall is required for the Gold Severum. The more space in the tank, the better. They like a tank with a soft bottom and a few rooted plants that is lightly planted. As long as there is enough open space for swimming, a few huge boulders might be suitable. When spawning, the Gold Severum may be hostile, thus it should only be kept with other semi-aggressive fish.
It's tough to tell the difference between a man and a female. Only after a thorough study of the genital papillae can a positive identification be achieved. It may take a little longer for the Gold Severum to couple than other South American Cichlids. It will assist if the man has a choice of ladies. The female, who is an open breeder, may deposit up to 1,000 eggs on rocks. The water should be somewhat acidic, soft, and have a pH of 6.0-6.5. It should also have a hardness of dH 5. The temperature should be between 77 and 82° Fahrenheit. The Gold Severum looks after its fry with great care.
The Gold Severum is a carnivore that eats a variety of prepared and frozen meals, including as freeze-dried bloodworms
, and ocean plankton
, as well as flake food
and Cichlid pellets
Requirements for keeping Heros severus
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Tank Conditions: 77-82°F; pH 6.0-6.5
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 8"
How to breed Gold Severum