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  1. #1

    Default Juvenile Gold Severums White?

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    I saw (for the first time) juvenile gold Severums today! They are about 5cm, but they are white... Do they change colour later and become gold? Will they show at this age if they have red in them or is it something that will develop over time? I am looking to get Severums, but first want to check if it is normal that they are white when young. Is there a possibility that they might stay white?

    Your wealth of knowledge will be MUCH appreciated! Thank you!

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    My next question would be: how do you sex them if there are no squiggles on their faces and no fin length differences?

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    I do believe the a lighter color is very normal for young severums. They do typically darken up as they mature. You also have to keep in mind that you will also get color variations in mature adults as well, some will get a lot darker than others. Just watch the fish carefully before buying them to make sure this is just a normal color variation and not a extremely stressed out fish.

    I find young severums very hard to sex. The best way I know how to sex severums is by the fins. Males will have a more pointed dorsal and anal fins. In addition, the head on a males will have more of a pattern and darker coloring, but that typically happens once the fish starts to mature.
    Last edited by Cliff; 11-23-2013 at 11:12 AM.
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    Thanks Cliff!

    I went ahead and bought 8!!!

    I spent quite a bit of time in the shop, looking at them and checking out the other tanks. After that I had a very lengthy discussion with the owner. He recommended that I take quite a few, allow them to couple up, allow them to grow and show a bit more coloration, and then decide which happy couple I wish to keep. We really struggle to get them in our country, and he is willing to buy back the ones that I decide on not keeping. It is mutually beneficial. I get the chance to choose the mating pair I want, and I help him by growing them out in my scarcely populated 450l.

    They are so pretty!!! I frankly don't care if they stay white anymore! I'm in looooove...

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    Don't worry about sexing them, they'll sort themselves out and pair off when they're mature enough. Severums are quite slow-growing fish, so it may well be a year or more since they're such young juvies now. (Something to consider if you plan on breeding/raising them as well.) I have a large pair of super red severums, originally got 4 of them around 7-8 cm. The other two died at different times along the way, the pair I have now have never spawned or even claimed a spot and cleaned it off. Clearly sexable by the longer/pointed fins on the male, and they always hang out together, but never any spawning.

    ^^^^Please click the eggs/dragons, thanks.

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