Red-spotted Gold Severum (Heros appendiculatus/Heros efasciatus) is a freshwater tropical cichlid native to the Amazon region in South America. It is very popular among aquarists, often in its gold colored variation rather than the wild-type olive green one. In the wild, severum is found in slow-moving rivers, tributaries and floodplain lakes. It's most abundant in deeper, calm waters with a lot of submerged tree roots and branches. The aquarium variety reaches 20-25cm in length. It's fairly mild-mannered for a cichlid of this size which makes it a good choice for a community of large, peaceful species.
Red-spotted Gold Severum Heros appendiculatus
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