Species group: Cichlids
Other common names: Hero Cichlid; Gold Severum; Green Severum; Banded Cichlid; Eye-Spot Cichlid
Scientific name: Heros severus
The Severum Cichlid is found in deep, calm waters of the Amazon River basin where it feeds on algae, plants and detritus.
There are two major color morphs - gold and green. Severums are available in gold and green color morphs. Severum cichlids have an oval-shaped body and an indeterminate number of horizontal bands running across. The mouth is small; the eyes are large and red. The lateral surfaces are gold-green and are often accented with amber tinted dots.
Severum are popular aquarium fish and are one of the more peaceful members of the Cichlid family.Severums are a laid back species and maintain a peaceful disposition towards other species. They have a robust character and in a community tank, and are able to protect themselves against larger fishes.
Minimum tank capacity of 45 gallons suits the Severum well though larger tanks are more suitable. These fish are known to thrive well in community tanks with medium-sized non-aggressive species. The aquarium can be lightly planted with a soft sandy bottom. Small quantities of soft rocks can also be added. Good filtration conditions bring the best results.
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