June 2, 2013
Hi all. I'm new to the forum here.
So, this weekend I purchased a Super Red Severum because I didn't know if they would be in stock again when I set up my tank in August. He's currently in my friend's tank, but he is causing havoc. He seems more aggressive than a severum should be... he has reportedly chased around lip locked with my friend's rotkiels. Though, keep in mind that the rotkiels are also a new addition and came in the day after mine. He has also ripped the top part of one of his small angelfish's dorsal fin. Yesterday, he also found his crab dead because his eyes were removed. He thinks it would've been my severum because his Kribs have never showed interest in the crab.
I bought this guy because I knew I wanted him as my main fish so to speak. I had some of his tank mates picked out based on the typical severum's behavior, but now I'm thinking otherwise. I wasn't thinking about buying any more cichlids, but I'm reconsidering. Would this be a good idea? My guy is about 2 inches at the moment, but he runs away from the Kribs. He will poke around in their territory, but when one spots him and goes to nip him, he swims away.
I'm also open to any suggestions on what would make good tank mates for him.
Thanks for the help in advance.
What size tank are they in?
Severum are usually considered a mild cichlid species but you can get aggressive individuals. No matter what, cichlids are going to show aggressive behavior to a degree, you can't avoid that. It is inevitable that they will develop a pecking order. Best thing to do is make sure each fish has enough territory and hiding spots.
As far as the crab dying, inverts are almost always a terrible option for keeping with cichlids of any kind. Bottom line is almost all cichlids given the chance to feed on a crab or a shrimp will take the opportunity. Shrimps and crabs are also a bad option as they molt periodically which leaves them soft bodied and vulnerable for a period of time and this makes them an easy snack for a cichlid to bite and get a meal.
As far as keeping severum with non-cichlids, it's doable. You just need to be sure to provide a big enough tank and choose tankmates wisely. Large tetras, livebearers, and plecos can make good tankmates given the tank is adequate size if you are looking for non-cichlids to add to a tank. You could also choose to add more cichlids which can also work given you choose fish with similar diets and aggression and provide a large enough tank.
June 2, 2013
At the moment, they are in a 90 gal. I have a 60 gal hex that I will put him in in August.
We've developed a theory about my fish (name is Felix by the way). He seems to pick on other fish that are similar in body shape to him. There are barbs and other schooling fish in the tank with him, but he could seem to care less.
Ultimately, I'd like to keep other cichlids with him, but I don't want him to be beat up.
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