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Family: Cichlidae

Common Name: Severum

Origin: South America


Severum Diet

Severums are omnivorous and are not fussy eaters as they are quite greedy eaters. They are usually fed with vegetable matter, shrimps, bloodworms, earthworms and artificial foods.


Water parameters for Severum

The Severum should be kept in an aquarium with the temperature ranging from 76 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit, and a Ph of around 6.5.


The severum is a large popular South American Cichlid growing to 8 inches and over.

Severums are fairly peaceful for cichlids. They should, however, be kept with similar-sized fish, as they may pick on smaller, slower moving fish. Ideal tankmates would be similar-sized South American cichlids, plecos and possibly large tetras. Severums are often sold as juveniles in pet stores and are not very large when purchased. This species can grow 20-30 cm and this must be considered before you purchase them.

The image visible here is a gold severum owned by Kateyoup. It is a morph selectively bred from the original green strain. Other strains are available including the popular red severum.

Males and females are very difficult to distinguish although females do have shorter anal and dorsal fins. Females are also reported to have slightly lighter coloration than males with few or even no squiggle marks on their face.

Picture provided by kateyoup and profile provided by Lupin.

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