cichlids here, we are focusing on cichlids. I have heard the whole outgrowing the tank thing, but I have a close friend who has kept fish for over 25 years and he has a very healthy 6 year old common pleco in a 30 gal. the fact is that's probably the oldest fish he still has and it, like mine, seems perfectly happy and well fed. however, I still need to get another south american cichlid that won't mind being around my convict.
Petsmart told me that the severum and convict might interbreed if they are opposite sexes. they also told me that they would at least get along.
Getting advice from chain petstores is a really bad idea.
Severums are much too mild-mannered to live with anything as aggressive as a convict - sorry to repeat myself. They should be kept with similar, semi-aggressive species, like angelfish, Festivums, geophagus etc.
That tank is not at all a suitable home for a severum, which is why it's so skittish. They are a shyer species who need a natural environment, like a dark substrate, many tall plants and some driftwood to provide refuge.
You may find your severum missing an eye or some fins if you keep it with a convict.
Everyone I know who has kept severums said they were shy. We had a full grown female green severum who interacted with me like a Betta...we had a big Oscar who did pick on her too much tho. I can see them being scared of convicts.I sooooooooo agree about petstores...but as far as the severums, are we talking bout the same fish? all the info ive read on them, they get pretty big and are aggressive by nature..and convicts are some of the recommended tank mates as long as you don't have a breeding pair of convicts..then NOTHING can be with them LOL
but as far as the severums, are we talking bout the same fish? all the info ive read on them, they get pretty big and are aggressive by nature