Other Blue Ram Names:
Blue Ram, Balloon Ram, Butterfly Cichlid, German Blue Ram, German Ram, Gold German Ram, Golden Ram, Singapore Ram
Blue Ram Scientific Name:
Mikrogeophagus ramirezi, Apistogramma ramirezi, Microgeophagus ramirezi, Papilochromis ramirezi
Blue Ram Temperament:
Species Type: South American Cichlids
Blue Ram Adult Size: 2.5 inches (cm)
Blue Ram Life Expectancy: 4 years
Blue Ram Habitat: South American Rivers (Comlumbia and Venezuela)
Blue Ram Minimum Tank Size:
Peaceful and a bit on the timid side.
Blue Ram Diet & Nutrition:
Omnivorous - Does well with flakes or pellets but supplimenting the diet with frozen foods such as blood worms or brine shrimp is reccomended. May also enjoy fresh green vegetables such as spinach, cucumbers, romaine lettuce and peas
Blue Ram Description:
Rams are a popular aquarium fish for a variety of reasons. Their colours can be absolutely amazing, a perfect blend of iridescent yellow-gold with neon blue in the right lighting. They have the personality of larger aggressive cichlids without the ability or desire to harm most tank mates. Rams are mostly bluff. A ram showing off his colours is simply breathtaking. Their small size and docile personality make them ideal fish for a small tank. They will mix well with most other non-to semi-aggressive cichlids, tetras, corys, etc.
Rams can go by a variety of names in the aquarium trade. In addition to the blue or gold ram, it is known as Ramirez' cichlids and the butterfly cichlid.
Tank Mate Compatibility:
Other rams or non aggressive community fish such as silver dollars or tetras. Plecos also work well with rams.
Blue Ram Breeding & Spawning:
Breeding Blue Rams is typically easy once a pair bond is achieved. Often times, rams will not pair up just because a male and female are together. Obtaining multiple juveniles and letting them grow together often results in pair bonds.
Determining Blue Ram Sex:
The males tend to have a longer, more pointed dorsal fin. Females tend to be smaller in size and have a red or orange hue on their pelvis.
Blue Ram Diseases:
None specific to species.
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