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Bad behaving fish

I have a young banded severum (3") who gets along great with his tank mates including a 5" blue acara. He does terrorize my swords but that is to be expected. Feeding times are marked by his wagging his head at the glass as if to remind me what time it is. He's a very comical little fish, most of the time. What is almost irritating about him is the pirahna-like attacks when my hands are in the tank for vacuuming the sand. He's even broke the skin. My wife and kids get a laugh at my expense every Saturday morning as I battle the little guy. Any one else have a little biter in their tank?

Bolivian rams, blue acara, mating kribs, green and gold severums, firemouth, festivum, killifish, salvini,etc,..
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Re: Bad behaving fish

My tiger barbs bite me when I'm putting the décor back in the tank. I thought it was funny so I tricked my mum and asked her to put a piece of wood back in there and she screamed when they went all piranha on her.

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Re: Bad behaving fish

I have seen this behavior with pacu, arrowanas and silver dollars. Keep in mind, that severum is going to get big and it may not be so amuzing then.
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Re: Bad behaving fish

In my dads 110 the emperor tetras will nip at my arm when it is in the tank. Its like a bunch of tiny little pirannahs nipping, LOL


Also when my angels have eggs they tend to nip when I get in the tank. Shame they munch their own babies....

"I've macrostoma tastes on a veiltail budget. "

If i drew it it'd look like a monkey eating a horsradish on the moon or something
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Re: Bad behaving fish

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I have seen this behavior with pacu, arrowanas and silver dollars. Keep in mind, that severum is going to get big and it may not be so amuzing then.
Yeah, I want him to grow but don't look forward to his bite getting bigger. He's quite the little plant rearranger at only 3". Just watched him towing a sting of hornwort across the tank.

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Re: Bad behaving fish

They also have a great disposition and display some unique behaviors which has helped them accumulate a wide and devout following. They tend to be less aggressive than many cichlids but do need plenty of space. They are mostly peaceful when kept with other similarly sized and tempered fish (except when spawning) and can be kept singly or as a mated pair. That being said, do not keep them with fish significantly smaller than themselves or with aggressive fish.

To keep them happiest, Include a decor of rocks along with pieces of sunken driftwood. Try to setup the aquarium decoration so that it provides natural "barriers" and divisions in the tank; this way the fish will feel like it has a defined and secure "territory" to defend They enjoy living in well planted aquariums and will appreciate floating plants as they like to spend time hiding in the leaves and appreciate the security offered by the plants.

For Information on keeping freshwaterautolinker.com autolinking image fish, see: Description of Cichlids.
Golden Severum, Heros severus, Banded Cichlid Fish Guide


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Re: Bad behaving fish

Yeah my big male Oscar used to do that, hurts when it's a 14" fish.

Does not play well with stupid.
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Re: Bad behaving fish

My JD's would bite me when they had fry, but it felt like I was being bit by a gummy bear! Our big Oscar go's for my boyfriend so he doesn't really put his hand in the tank any more but Mr.Fred loves to be petted by me so I don't get attacked. I do get bit often by our gold severum, and that does hurt, feels like being pricked with a needle and he's only around 4 inches!
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Re: Bad behaving fish

My JD male sometimes nibbles a bit at me...haven´t bothered me much...yet ;)
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Re: Bad behaving fish

My mollies swarm to my arm if I'm reaching in the tank and nibble away.
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Re: Bad behaving fish

He's closer to 6" now and not a nibbler anymore. No food goes uneaten in his tank tho, what a glutton.

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