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Ram cichlid

Picture of Ram cichlid, male

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.
Temperature:22-26oC (72-79oF)
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.
Comments: Good quality Rams are very beautiful aquarium fish that show outstanding colour when kept in the right conditions.


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