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after keeping all kinds of large cichlids over the years i now know severums are my favourite fish.

i have a 400 litre tank how many severums can you keep together *** only ever had one with other fish. can you have a group of mixed sexes like discus?
 

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What are the domensions of the tank?

I would want a very LARGE tank if I was going to do school of severums.
 

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I think the answer is that "it depends". They're not really schooling fish.

That said, I have 4 in my 125g (72x18x21"). Two large green males... a medium green female... and a medium red-shouldered female. Things do get interesting at times, but not awful. I dunno if I'd call it ideal. The stocking is definitely pushing the tank's limits. I've seen a couple spawns between the dominant male and the green female.

Interestingly, it's the green female that's the trouble maker out of the lot. She'll square off with someone and then the male will come over and back her up. The males seem fine having extra females about.

The key is having a lot of decor in the tank to break up the line of sight. I have lots of tall skinny driftwood sort of haphazardly leaning around. A clay pot or two. Lots of filtration.

Obviously, a back-up plan is key.

-Ryan
 
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