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NiceTankNina 07-18-2012 10:57 AM

Green Severum tank mate
I have a green severum in a 55 and i was looking for a new tank mate but wasnt sure what the best choice was. I was thinking of either a firemouth, or a pearly compressiceps. Any advice or suggestions?

jaysee 07-18-2012 12:01 PM

I think a firemouth is a good choice.

Tazman 07-18-2012 03:28 PM

firemouth or tetras work well with them.

I would stay away from the calvus though as it is requires different water parameters than the severum. Calvus need very hard water and a pH of 8.6+ which stresses the severums out, severums ideally should be kept in neutral to slightly acidic pH (6-7).

They generally will not see tetra as food unless they have not been fed for about a week. Any catfish which has a solid amour back is fine as well. Severums can sometimes play with catfish as toys, while not wanting to eat them, they can cause severe life threatening injuries.

A single small Oscar would work for about 6-8 months but really they need a 75g tank.

MrMarc 07-27-2012 01:28 PM

Another suggestion if you would like multiple tank partners for the severum is any Rainbow Species...very colorful, good swimmers, and a nice completement to the slow moving (once they get bigger) green severum.

jaysee 07-27-2012 11:37 PM

I have a variety of rainbows with my red sev - good suggestion. However, I would not keep any rainbows bigger than dwarf neons in a 55. Mine outgrew my 90 and now reside in the 125, and I would never consider putting them back in the 90. Aside from not providing the length, the 55 does not provide the width needed for such large and active fish.

MrMarc 07-28-2012 08:28 AM

Yes, I agree but I was kind of thinking at 55g is small for a Green Severum. They pretty darn big themselves. I would think they would be a little cramped when they grow out.

jaysee 07-28-2012 03:00 PM

Yes a 55 is small for a sev. It's a good grow out tank- from there I would look for a tank that is 18 inches wide.

3ndler3nvy 07-28-2012 08:13 PM

I keep 2 Blood Parrots with my Green Severum. They seem to get along pretty well.

ap4910 08-14-2012 09:04 PM

I say a firemouth. Honduran red point as well. May need to check HRP water peramiters though

Chr1s 08-15-2012 11:20 AM

Nice collection of tanks.

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