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  1. #1

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    Okay. I am only a couple years into fish keeping, and I'm learning a lot as I go. For the first time about a week ago I saw a baby gold severum. Beautiful fish. I did a lot of research on it before I bought it knowing how big they get and that they are peaceful. Mind you I have the appropriate tank size for at least 2. So now I've been trying to hunt down the Rotkeil Red Shouldered Severum. I fell in love with this fish and I'm dying to have one. So now here are my questions.....

    in my research I did not see anywhere that they love plants and that they will most likely destroy them. I found out about this from someone in a Facebook group. My tank is very heavily planted. What is your experience on this and is there anyway to prevent it?

    My next question is about the Rotkeil. I've read that they do not get as big as the golds and they are better with plants. But I've also heard the opposite. Can any one give me any accurate info on this please?

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    Severums are peaceful relative to oscars and other aggressive cichlids. There are not as peaceful as community fish. They are still cichlids, and cichlids are territorial by nature. The severum you have now may not take too kindly to a new severum in the tank.

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    I have no experience with them in planted tanks. They are pretty peaceful and eat meaty foods. I personally do not believe they would have a reason to pick at the plants. But you need to always be cautious and understanding to the fact that fish can have a wide range of personalities. Hopefully someone has had more experience with this. Good Luck!
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    I use to keep them many moons back in my 100g. Which was way to small for a large severum. Any plants that use to be in it when they were first added go eaten instantly. After that any type of plant was food.

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    They can grow a lot larger than most guides (maybe even AC) says. A local LFS had a pair they had gotten as a trade and they were about 16 inch in length. Most stay smaller but you should know that there is a risk that you are going to need a very large tank.
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