Banded Cichlid (Heros severus) CareSheet
A color variant of (Heros severus) Severum is the Green Severum, often known as the Banded Cichlid. The scales of Severum exhibit an iridescent shine and an off-white to green background hue. Starting below the pectoral fin, black dots migrate down the lower body, with a black band across the caudal end. The Green Severum is a trusting fish that readily accepts food from its owner's fingers. Check out other popular varieties of severums such as Red Shoulder Severums
A 30 gallon or bigger tank that is at least 40 inches long and 20 inches tall is required for the Green 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. A few huge pebbles might be added as long as there is still enough open space for swimming and the water is not harmed. When spawning, Severum may be hostile, hence 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. Males usually have pointed fins and reddish-brown patches on their heads, as well as "worm-like" patterns. On the dorsal fin of females, there is normally a black spot. The Green Severum isn't as easy to couple as other South American Cichlids, so it could take a little longer. 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 degrees Fahrenheit. The Green Severum looks after its fry with great care.
The Green 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: 73-77°F; pH 6.0-6.5
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 8"
Species Spotlight | Heros severus (Severum)
What is Heros severus?
Heros severus, also known as the Severum cichlid, is a popular freshwater fish native to tributaries of the Amazon River in South America. It is a large, brightly colored fish known for its orange, black, and white coloration and peaceful temperament.
What is the natural habitat of Heros severus?
In the wild, Heros severus inhabits slow-moving waters including swamps, streams, and pools in the Amazon River basin in countries like Brazil, Colombia, and Peru. It prefers warm, acidic waters with plenty of vegetation and submerged wood.
What is their diet and feeding behavior?
Severum cichlids are omnivores in the wild, feeding on insects, crustaceans, worms, and plant matter. In captivity they readily accept most prepared and frozen foods including shrimp, krill, pellets, flakes and also nibble on blanched vegetables.
How big do Severum cichlids grow?
In the aquarium, Heros severus typically reaches lengths of 8-10 inches (20-25 cm) when fully grown. Some captive specimens may reach a foot (30 cm) in length under ideal conditions.
What are good tank mates for Severum cichlids?
Severums do well with other similarly-sized, non-aggressive fish like angelfish, silver dollars and Loricariid catfish. Small, passive fish should be avoided as they may be seen as food. Tankmates should be selected carefully.
Are Severums suitable for community tanks?
Yes, Severum cichlids are an excellent choice for a large community aquarium provided they are combined with other fish of comparable size and temperament. A minimum 75 gallon tank is recommended.