German Blue Ram Cichlid
Ram Cichlids originate from the Orinoco River basin in Venezuela and Columbia. They
are Dwarf Cichlids. Their official scientific name is Mikrogeophagus
ramirezi, but they are also referred to as Microgeophagus
ramirezi, Apistogramma ramerizi and Papiliochromis ramirezi. Common names
include the Butterfly Cichlid, Blue Ram, Gold Ram, Golden Ram, Gold German Ram,
Blue German Ram, German Blue Ram and Singapore Ram. The names are based on color
variations. The Blue Ram, pictured above, has iridescent blue flecks and
black bands. The males are more colourful than the females
The Ram Cichlid is
peaceful and moves slowly. It does well in groups and will benefit from
pairing. A thick plant background with Amazon swords and hiding places is
ideal. Tank mates should be of a similar size and disposition. Ram
Cichlids eat flake foods. Rams are very sensitive to water conditions and
will stress easily, so they are not suited to the beginning aquarist. Clear water
and proper pH are essential. Water
changes should be performed frequently.
German Blue Ram males have a more developed dorsal fin
and lack any blue coloration in the black spot in the middle of the body.
Males have pronounced black spiking at the front of the dorsal fin. Females are slightly
smaller and are more pink on the underside. Provide two females with the male for breeding.
Use soft water. Blue Rams spawn in
the open and lay about 100 eggs. The parents will tend the young.
The fry will hatch in a couple of days and will be ready for feeding live brine
shrimp in just
under a week.
Comments by Bernie from our Forum: Rams
aren't really schooling fish but do like to be in pairs and preferrably in a
species specific tank. They are timid fish and If used to being in a group and
then finds himself alone, he can become overwhelmed by his tankmates especially
if they are active tankmates.
||27 - 30 C; 81 - 86 F
||5 - 6
||5 cm; 2 inches
||Difficult, Egg Layer
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