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My very shy Gold Severum

Postby mcflyyy » Fri Apr 04, 2008 10:21 pm

I have a large gold severum called Sven, he's nearly fully grown. Lately he just sits under his rock and doesn't come out for anything, even food unless he's fed by hand. He is by far the biggest fish in there and shouldn't be scared of anything. Is there anything I can do to make him more comfortable in the tank?
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Postby cuddlefish » Tue Apr 08, 2008 2:47 pm

It's not uncommon for Severums to be super skittish. How big is the tank and what are his tank mates?
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severum....

Postby Ishmael_Galon » Wed Apr 09, 2008 3:13 am

I too have a golden severum that is acting like what you have described. :fish:
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Postby mcflyyy » Wed Apr 09, 2008 11:12 am

The tank is 4 foot, with lots of plants, rocks and logs to hide in. There are 4 Bolivian Rams, 2 pictus cats, a small geophargus and several small shoaling fish, barbs and such. It doesn't seem too crowded and all of the water levels stay good and steady. Since posting my first question I have made a dramatic change to the aquascape and made a big cave for him almost 1/4 the whole footprint size, hopefully with more room he'll come out of his shell.
McFLYYY
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Postby cuddlefish » Wed Apr 09, 2008 2:36 pm

Some Severums are just naturally skittish. They need places to hide but they also need ample swimming space. When he comes out does he dart around like he's been spooked? If so he may feel claustrophobic and is nervous because he can't swim far without bumping into stuff. What worked for me and my nervous Severum "Wimpy" was to add another juvi Severum to act as a companion. It sounds like your tank is already fully stocked so that probably wouldn't work. I've only got my 2 Severums in my 75G and they use up the whole space! Do you get ph fluctuations? that can also unnerve Severums.
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Postby mcflyyy » Wed Apr 09, 2008 7:48 pm

Thanks Cuddlefish! (Your tank is great BTW)
He used to be very jumpy even when swimming but since he moved in to his big cave he seems much more relaxed. It is a high tank so there is plenty of swimming space and although the tank is full, all of his tank mates are very small and friendly :)
I was considering a juvi Severum but I heard that they didn't really get along if they are not paired, and that can be very difficult to get them to do. Thay are a beautiful fish and I would like another one but I don't want to risk someone new beating up Sven :-? Is there any chance of pairing him with a nice girl at his age? he must be a year by now by his size.
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Postby cuddlefish » Thu Apr 10, 2008 4:06 pm

Thanks for the comment mcflyyy!

I had one more question - is your tank really bright? Severums aren't big fans of bright lighting. Moving on; I would say there is no reason you couldn't find Sven a suitable companion - whether male or female. It always comes down to individual temperament, you just have to go out there and look for a fish at your LFS that you think is calm and maybe try him out. It may take months to find a companion but the good news is you only need one. Wimpy was well over a year when I added George and the two get along... wait for it... swimmingly! :lol:

Good Luck. :)
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Postby mcflyyy » Thu Apr 10, 2008 9:57 pm

First thing, Thanks for all of your help, its been great :thumb:
I don't think the tank is too bright, but it aint mood lighting. Considering some floating plants to cut it down some. Last night Sven was in a redecorating mood and ripped out a couple of plants and I actually like the effect :D
I think I'll ask my LFS where to find good sevs, they're not easy to come by down here in AUS. I just saw an AWESOME black/red severum in another thread: My severums at it again (SA Cichlids)
and I'd love to find one. Do you think it'd be a mistake to get a slightly more mature fish? or should I start with a young one?
Cheers,
Mcflyyy

ps, nice pun :P
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Postby cuddlefish » Thu Apr 10, 2008 11:14 pm

mcflyyy, I'd be inclined to think you'd have better luck with a juvi. A newly introduced adult could take over and give Sven even more to worry about. Temperament is key - spend some time observing any prospects in their environment for a while. You want a juvi that's not reclusive, but also not the one chasing all the others. You'll know the right one when you see him/her. :)
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Postby mcflyyy » Fri Apr 18, 2008 12:06 pm

I just found out from my LFS that most SA species are banned for import to AUS. Bummer :( Aparently if they're not bred here I'm out of luck so that leaves Gold or Green Severums only. Not that they're not nice but still, all the variety I've been seeing out there and cant get my hands on :?
Thanks for all the advice,
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