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    I got a group of the super red severums some years ago. Lost one shortly after they arrived, lost 2 more as they (very slowly) grew out, had a pair for quite a long time but they never did spawn. Actually quite peaceful for cichlids. Have you considered any of the Gymnogeophagus or chanchito cichlids from Uruguay? Those are generally easy to get along with IME. They prefer cooler temps, can live in warmer water but it shortens their life span a bit.

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    Yes thanks very much :) A few members here keep them, I don't think I'm ready for earth eaters and that much redecorating tendencies. Is the severum as bad?

    I have not seen the other cichlid yet, tx!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RiversGirl View Post
    It is such great fun to start planning for new fish.
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    Thanks Rivers :) I'm excited too. Just planning of course, but still exciting haha.
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    I'm still specifically interested in severum and electric blue acara. I actually found this about the chanchito cichlid:
    They dig and they fight! So, you may have difficulty in maintaining these fish in planted aquariums
    I want to be able to keep my plants. Also the temperature is higher.

    How bad is the EB acara with digging? The ones at the LFS were ok in the heavily planted tank, but maybe it's a gamble. If it's that much trouble to keep plants with other cichlids, I'm not so interested at this point and might stick with angelfish and rams/apisto. But I won't know unless I ask....

    I read they might dig, it's up to the individual fish, but that planting plants in pots and weighing them down with rocks deters destruction. I think severum is less inclined to dig, but not sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by angelcraze2 View Post
    That's a good one to consider too! Thanks for that :) Gonna read up now.

    Edit: I was hoping to stick with South American cichlids only for this tank.

    Actually, I found this guy
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keyhole_cichlid
    Yeah those are nice as well as flag cichlid which is similar.

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    Softer water, keyhole is better than a firemouth. Severums can be real pain for similar type fishes like angelfishes and can kill each other.

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    So no angelfish in the 120g if I go for severum. Well, that changes things a lot. Can I deal with no angelfish in my showtank? Idk. I will keep angels probably as long as I can, they'll be inn my other tanks for sure, I intend to keep breeding them.

    Tell me @Rocksor, should I stick with what I have going in the big tank, or are bigger cichlids a consideration for my 120g? Will I be disappointed with redecorating? I feel you know my sitch well enough by now. Thanks so much :)
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    I wouldn't say no, but if you value your angels more than the severum, then say no. It's a 50/50 chance whether or not the severum will bully or hurt the angels. You can find a single centerpiece larger cichlid that doesn't get more than 8" in total length.

    You can prevent redecorating by placing some plants underneath larger rocks. Now this guy has diggers and very large fish in a 250+g tank.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocksor
    You can find a single centerpiece larger cichlid that doesn't get more than 8" in total length.
    Tx. So keyhole is a consideration with what I already have? You recommend one specimen?
    I'm just not overly crazy about them especially a single fish because I like the interaction between same species of fish (at least a pair or two fish).
    The Rotkeil severum is smaller at 6", but if the body shape is similar, I realize they might fight with my angels then. I'm not familiar with their shape, they look thicker than angels.

    I don't think I can remove angelfish from the showtank. I've always kept them, which is what encouraged me to get the 120g in the first place, I'd like something different, but honestly, I prefer GBR over other cichlids as well. Would the GBR be a no if I look at keyhole or a larger cichlid than I'm used to? Actually keyhole is rather small as well, but larger than GBR.

    My GBRs are finally growing now though, so maybe it was the nematode messing with their growth?
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