Severum Cichlids are South American Cichlids from the northern Amazon region of
Brazil. They are known by the scientific name Heros severus and also
by the name Cichlasoma severum. Their common names include the Banded
Cichlid, Hero Cichlid and the Severum. They have a body shape similar to a
discus. There are two main color variations, with the Gold Severum having
been developed from the Green Severum. The Gold Severum has been been bred
to a pale yellow iridescent color without the original distinctive dark
bands. The Green Severum has a greenish body with several horizontal bands
on its body.
There are also blue variations. Severums will eat flake foods,
blood worms, brine shrimp and cichlid sticks.
They can become friendly with the person who feeds them.
Severum can be combined with other New World Cichlids in a
tank of at least 50 gallons. They are less aggressive than some other
South American Cichlids, so it is possible to keep catfish with them. The tank should be well planted and well
rooted, as they like the lower levels of the tank. Plastic plants may be
less frustrating to provide. The tank should have rocks and hiding areas, but should also have open
areas for swimming. It should have a soft substrate for digging. The
Severum should be kept with other fish
of the same approximate size and temperament.
Severums are more difficult to breed than most New World Cichlids, because
they do not form pairs as readily and the males are difficult to distinguish
from the females. Like most cichlids they spawn on clean horizontal
surfaces and are very good parents.
||23 - 29 C; 72 - 83 F
||5.0 - 6.5
||20 cm; 8 inches
||Difficult, Egg Layer
New World Cichlids such as the Firemouth, Green Terror,
and Blood Parrot. Also Plecos.