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Thread: Severum tankmates for 65 gallon
05-29-2013, 12:39 AM #1
Severum tankmates for 65 gallon
I have a 5" turquoise severum in a 65 gallon and am in need of some new tankmates for him. I'm really interested in keeping the tank with a South American theme and would prefer to have one more moderate sized fish, dither fish, and some bottom feeders or a Pleco. My severum seems to have a good temperament at this point and I'm prepared to rehome any fish I add that don't work. I'm really interested in something with color different from my severum that stands out against my black background. Here are fish I've been interested in adding as a secondary moderate sized fish. Let me know your thoughts and suggestions.
Note, this list is fish I am interested in. This list is not referring to what I want to stock in my tank all together...
Convict (have heard they can be aggressive)
Blue Acara (not sure how much color will differ from my severum)
Gold severum (might be cool to add another if the tank is big enough)
Angelfish (will an angelfish be OK solo?)
Festivum (not wowed by their color)
Jack Dempsey (I think they may get too big)
Gold/blue ram (concerned with sensitivity)
05-29-2013, 10:08 PM #2
Severums are pretty mellow but their size does allow them to defend themselves when needed. You could do a pink convict if you want to contrast colors. I wouldn't suggest more than one convict though, they breed like rabbits. Personally, I'd avoid the Jack Dempsey and the Green Terror, that would fill up the tank pretty quick and they are usually more aggressive than Severums. You could probably do a Chocolate Cichlid, they get about 12 inches, are very mellow and look cool. Jewel Cichlids would also contrast well, even though they are from African rivers, they are very similar to convicts in size, temperament and care.
For dithers, Giant Danios work really well. They are big and very fast, I've got giant danios in my 125 with a big 'ol oscar that can't catch them and he tries very hard. Giant danios really like to jump so make sure you've got a good lid.
05-30-2013, 01:26 AM #3
Firemouth for the bottom area of the tank. Buenos aires tetras for dithers.
No on the following due to aggression on your severum:
GT, convict, JD
Last edited by Rocksor; 05-30-2013 at 01:31 AM.
05-30-2013, 04:08 AM #4
05-30-2013, 11:18 AM #5
I think I will pass on a convict for sure because of aggression issues. Firemouths seems pretty cool after looking into them a bit more. I've never really been too impressed with their color, but now I understand that is because they are juveniles still in stores. I might check out angels too, but firemouth does seem like a better fit.
I found some cool Flame (Orange von rio) tetras. Anyone have experience with them? I think they are wide bodied enough that they wouldn't become food.
05-30-2013, 02:12 PM #6
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06-10-2013, 12:53 PM #8
It is hard to tell which fish will be a snack for severums.My large pair ate all seven of my yo-yo loaches,but left the diamond tetras alone.I think convicts are just too aggressive for a small tank with a large severum.I have a trio of rainbow cichlids in "the big tank" with my severums with no aggression issues.
06-10-2013, 02:18 PM #9
I have a red spot gold severum along with an angel, they get along fine for the most part. The Sev makes an occasional (very short) lunge at the angel just to let him know that he is not in the mood at the moment to have him near. But never any fighting between them, for me a single angel is working beautifully with my severum. They are about they same size also ( 4" - 5").When in d0ubt read it until it makes sense, then read it again!