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  1. #1

    Question How long can I keep this severum for?

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    I have a 48g tank that I keep at a relatives house, it was stocked fine and then tragedy struck when my blue acara died (note; died as it did not eat when I introduced it into tank, tank is mature and cycled and running smoothly) I had not planned to replace this fish for quite some time.

    Unknown to me my relative was out shopping today, felt sorry for me as I had lost my beautiful fish, so bought oe to replace it with, in the form of a gold severum. This fish is stunning I must admit and is only1.5 inches big but after some googling I have found that they require a minimum of a 55g?

    So here is my questions;

    -How big can I let the fish get before rehoming it?
    -How quickly will it grow?
    -was the 55g for a pair, or a single fish?
    -Is a 48g totally out the question for an adult gold severum?

    My tank is well filtered and religiously maintained, other tank mates are tetras, 3 mollies, 2 plecos and a Dwarf african giraffe catfish. Tank is planted and lots of caves and secluded areas.

    I kinda need to hold onto this fish for a while as the relative thought she was doing a great thing by buying it for me. Even up until xmas would be good.

    Thanks guys, ScottishFish
    My therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .

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    i cant imagine a 7g difference would make or break it as long as you maintain it religously as you said and there isint so many plants/caves that theres enough swimming room.

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    While minimum tank sizes are an absoult lower limit and should not be ignored that has a lot to do with filtering and upkeep; so I am going with Joonkun.
    Knowledge is fun(damental)

    A 75 gal with eight Discus, fake plants, and a lot of wood also with sand substrate. Clean up crew is down to just two Sterba's Corys. Filters: continuous new water flow; canister w/UV, in-tank algae scrubber!! Finally, junked the nitrate removal unit from hell.

    For Fishless cycling:

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    I was told by some that I could keep 2 severum in a 55 gallon. They are wonderful fish and I don't see why one wouldn't work in your tank for some time.

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    I would have to agree with Lady Hobbs,you can keep two severums in a 55gallon.It all depends on how much,and what type of food they are fed,as to how fast they grow.The two adults I have do not move gravel and are generally good tankmates all around.They are four years old and practically full size.Bought them as juvies,but moved the fish from a 55 gallon to a 125gallon.That dwarf african giraffe catfish will eat your tetras and will become a greedy,pugnacious fish.(By the way,I am a big fan of the dwarf giraffe)

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    Thanks for the input everyone! I am glad that I can keep this fish as it is really gorgeous, lovely cream face markings (does this mean its male).

    And to answer skullduggery, I know the dwarf giraffe will get big and hungry, it is around 1.5 inches long the now, so I can keep it for a while, I will see what happens with it, if I start losing tetras I would rather rehome them than this catfish, I love it !!

    Oh this is my 1500th post!! Wooo go me
    My therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .

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    Here is my cute little fish in question

    My therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .

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    Cute little fella. Lab_rat has a gold sev that is a big one. I don't remember how old she said he was. But who knows 3-4 years from now what you might have? You might have a 300 gallon the rate you're going.

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    Why thanks LH.

    I have my sights on a big tank in the future 200+ or maybe 2x 125 or something like that, who knows, gota move out from mum and dad first
    My therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .

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    My gold sev's size is about the size of a salad plate (8" or so). He's been that size since I've had him, and the person I got him from had him for several years. I have no idea how old he is. My young rotkeil has taken a while to grow and grows in spurts. The green sev I had before my move grew pretty rapidly.

    What are the dimensions of the tank?
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