the smaller festivum shows more spots, I think when it's nervous-
I had the 20gal QT filled to about fourteen or fifteen gallons at first, but only refilled to ten with the wc, so I could dose the medication accurately. Here's the smaller festivum in QT, on the left:
and the larger one in the same spot:
The larger festivum is obviously dominant right now- and both of them constantly displace the severum, or nip at it- they don't go so far as to keep it trapped in a corner, but it is hiding more, staying out of the way. So that's one reason I didn't get as many pics of the severum, but also because the two festivum are just so engaging.
They're not at all camera shy.
I have a fish again that looks straight at me!
This is their final destination- to live in my 55gal with Miss Beautiful. I can't wait to see them in there.
Somehow I can't picture the severum with them, though. The more I look up differences between the two cichlids, the more I want to just keep the two festivum and take the severum back to the store... especially as together with the angelfish, I think they will ultimately get too big for this tank.
I'm already mulling over names in my head for the festivum-
But that green stripe severum, just the more I think about it and the more I read about them, he's gotta get returned. Sorry fishie. Better now than later when he's too big and gets destructive and I can't find a home for a 'monster fish'.
Side note: my instant QT setup went almost perfectly this time. I did as before- pulled all the 'extras' out of the back of my 55gal: two small sponge filters, one large piece of hydro sponge, a small bag of ceramic media, two plastic tube pieces, handful of live plants, handful of malaysian trumpet snails and ramshorns. Tested it a few hours after setup, before I put the fishes in, and the next morning. Zero ammonia, zero nitrite, around 10 nitrates each time. Perfect. Only issue I had was with the temperature- I had planned for a paradise fish so wasn't running a heater on it. Then when I got home with the cichlids, had to let the heater warm up it was over an hour before I got them acclimated and released, and I still had to make some temp adjustments after that. It's fine now.