08-31-2012, 04:52 PM
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Originally Posted by sidluckman
I had a great pair of Severums spawning in one tank, and a lone female Festivum decided to set up shop and lay eggs in the same area. I was hoping the eggs would not get cross fertilized! As fate would have it, the local loricarid ate the Festivum eggs, so we will never know what might have been. . .Yes: Cichlids can interbreed and the results are in nearly every fish store: red parrots, which are purportedly a severum/red devil cross.
The non-white eggs may hatch, may not, may produce fry that die soon, may result in the next BIG THING. It's anyone's guess. But since I am the one guessing, I would imagine that the eggs are worthless and will not result in viable offspring.
I envy you! Severums are an incredible fish. A peaceful and dignified cichlid if ever there was. I hope you can acquire a true pair. The cooperation between the breeding parents is remarkable. One guards and lets the other eat, then they swap places. It is a beautiful thing to behold!
None of the fish in his tank are capable of crossing with a Severum.
I have a Green Severum that I enjoy very much :)