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The Red Spotted Severum, scientifically known as Heros appendiculatus, is a captivating and vibrantly colored freshwater fish that adds a bold and lively presence to aquariums. Recognized for its distinctive red markings and peaceful temperament, the Red Spotted Severum is a popular choice among cichlid enthusiasts.



  • Average Size: 8-10 inches
  • Max Size: Up to 12 inches
  • Tank Size Required: 75 gallons or larger


Temperament: The Red Spotted Severum is known for its relatively peaceful nature compared to other cichlid species. However, territorial behavior may be exhibited during breeding. Keeping them in a spacious tank with appropriate hiding spots helps minimize aggression.


Unique Traits: Distinguished by its vibrant red spots on a base coloration that ranges from gold to green, the Red Spotted Severum is admired for its striking appearance. It has a distinctive body shape, with a slightly compressed and oval-shaped form.


Origin: Native to South America, the Red Spotted Severum is found in river systems across Brazil and Venezuela.


Other Names:

  • Golden Severum
  • Red Shoulder Severum


Care Level: Moderate


Diet: The Red Spotted Severum is omnivorous, and its diet should include a mix of high-quality pellets, flakes, and live or frozen foods such as bloodworms and brine shrimp. Supplementing their diet with vegetables, like blanched spinach, contributes to their overall health.


Characteristics and Looks: The Red Spotted Severum is characterized by its vibrant red spots, which intensify as the fish matures. The body is adorned with iridescent scales, creating a visually stunning effect. This cichlid species has a rounded anal fin and dorsal fin, contributing to its overall appeal.


Water Parameters:

  • pH: 6.0-7.5
  • gH (General Hardness): 5-15 dGH
  • kH (Carbonate Hardness): 3-10 dKH
  • Temperature: 75-82°F


Disclaimer: "Please note that these are general guidelines, and for more accurate values, we encourage you to contact Living Aquarium by phone or in person. Within store hours, our team of experts is always happy to answer any questions you may have and provide personalized guidance on care."

Red Spotted Severum

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