Heros sp. 'Curare' (possibly the true Heros severus)

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Heros sp. 'Curare' (possibly the true Heros severus)

Post by ryansmith » Fri May 29, 2015 3:13 am

Oliver Lucanus recently began importing a new Heros from Curare, Venezuela. I have seen a few pictures of this fish in past years from a hobbyist in Europe but I did not know much about them. I ordered six and already have a pair and fry.

This fish is thought to be the real, true Heros severus because of the half seventh bar which is a diagnostic in the original description of the fish.

Here is the pair with eggs (female in the foreground, male in the back guarding the territory):
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Unfortunately when this female came to me she had a huge scar on her side. It had already healed over, but it appears to have been a very deep gouge that removed all of her scales, all the way down to the flesh. The scar can be seen in the pictures. Luckily it's only cosmetic.

Here are a few videos:

During acclimation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFvTwJrShc8

Courtship: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RF1dYmoa30

The pair guarding eggs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_AjhGjKiwU

I wanted to share these pictures and videos because this severum is very uncommon to hobbyists in North America. This is the first time I've ever seen it for sale. I have never seen documentation of F1. I have kept and bred every described Heros species except spurius, as well as rotkeils, but this is by far the most beautiful species I've had the pleasure of owning and spawning.

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Post by ryansmith » Fri May 29, 2015 3:16 am

The fry have been free-swimming for one day and are gorging themselves on newly hatched brine. They seem very strong and have big appetites, so I have high hopes for this first batch of F1.

Fry video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbd5SSwykow
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Post by blackghost » Sat May 30, 2015 9:19 pm

The most beautiful Heros for me too, they're stunning.

Would you happen to have a link so I can see Oliver's lists? Does he do lists? His fish seem very hard to find...

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Post by ryansmith » Sat May 30, 2015 9:35 pm

Mark,

He sends his list out by email once a month or so. You can sign up at his website at belowwater.com. He also posts occasional pictures on his Facebook page. Just search Facebook for Below Water. If you are outside of Canada you will need the proper import permits to get fish from him.

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Post by blackghost » Sun May 31, 2015 5:39 am

Thanks. :)
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Post by zenins » Sat Jun 13, 2015 5:34 pm

They look awesome :)

Thanks for sharing

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Post by ryansmith » Sat Jun 13, 2015 5:48 pm

Thank you! Here are the parents today with free-swimming fry from spawn #2.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsmA0A-nLIg

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Post by zenins » Tue Jun 23, 2015 8:47 pm

I love it when the parents get very intense dark colouring ... they look awesome :)

Thanks for sharing the video

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Re: Heros sp. 'Curare' (possibly the true Heros severus)

Post by gbrasiliensis » Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:49 am

Vrey nice fish, congratulations!
Isn´t the true a Heros severos a mothbrooder?

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Post by Philippe Burnel » Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:26 am

No, there is a publication about that, 1rst in DCG info (if i'm not wrong) then in cichlid news magazine.

The mouthbrooder is an indescribed sp.

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Re: Heros sp. 'Curare' (possibly the true Heros severus)

Post by gbrasiliensis » Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:30 am

Thanks for the info, I didn´t know that.

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