Cichlasoma severum, Heros Rotkeil, Orange Shoulder Severum, Red Shoulders Severum
The Red Shoulder Severum is a very popular choice as its one of the most peaceful, beautiful, and larger cichlids in the hobby and generally does not bother their tank mates. They are known to be semi-aggressive but not known to attack without reason. Red Shoulder Severums are native to lakes and tributaries of the Amazon Basin in South America. Though not the true mouthbrooding Severum species (Heros Severus), Red Shoulder Severums are very attractive and will surprisingly grow larger than their mouthbrooding relatives; not to mention their stunning red coloration shown on their head, shoulders and on their bellies, and pelvic fins. These severum also have bright red eyes and beautiful grey bodies with faint vertical bands. Males have extended anal, dorsal, and pelvic fins as well as worm-like markings on their faces. The rest of the fishes body closely resembles that of the Green Severum. Due to their popularity and successful breeding, the Red Shoulder Severum is always highly sought after fish at both local retailers and online vendors.
- Max Size: 8″
- Diet: Carnivore
- Temp: 73-77 F
- Water Parameters: KH 4-5, pH 6.0-6.5
- Origin: Amazon, Northern South America
size at shipping 2″