Ram cichlid, male
Photo courtesy of Lisa Williams © Lisa Williams
|Common name:||Ram cichlid, Butterfly cichlid, Blue Ram, German Ram|
|Scientific name:||Microgeophagus ramirezi or Mikrogeophagus ramirezi|
|Synonyms:||Mikrogeophagus ramirezi, Papiliochromis ramirezi|
|Size:||Up to 3" (7.5cm), but often smaller.|
|Origin:||South America: Colombia, Venezuela.|
|Tank setup:||Planted tank, with good water quality.|
|Compatibility:||A very peaceful cichlid, which may be bullied by aggressive tankmates. They may however, show some aggression when spawning.|
|Water chemistry:||Fairly soft, pH around neutral to slightly acidic.|
|Feeding:||Omnivorous: flake foods, small granular/pellet foods and frozen/live foods.|
|Sexing:||Males are generally larger and have elongated rays at the front of the dorsal fin.
Females are smaller with a more rounded body shape, and have a pinkish area on the stomach.|
|Breeding:||Eggs are laid in hollows or on flat rocks. Both parents will
guard the eggs and fry.|
Good quality Rams are very beautiful aquarium fish that show outstanding colour when kept in the right conditions.