The Ram Cichlid is a freshwater fish that comes from rivers of Columbia in the wild. They have a very nice appearance with a spiked dorsal fin, and low pectoral fins. The German Blue Ram has deep blue splotches of color. The German Gold Ram has a beautiful gold body with pink, orange, and red. They are peaceful ciclids and can get along with other peaceful community fish.
In the aquarium, make sure to house in at least a 20 gallon tank. They will appreciate some plants and open swimming space. Also provide a few caves for them to hide in. If you are trying to breed your Rams, notice that they will become aggressive towards other tank mates! You will also need great water parameters if you are trying to breed. Keep the water temperature around 80 degrees, a neautral pH, and soft to medium hard water.
Ram Cichlid Care
Scientific Name: Microgeophagus ramirezi, Papiliochromis ramerzii, Apistogramma Ramerzii
Common Names: German Blue Ram, Electic Blue, German Gold, Ram Cichlid, Butterfly Cichlid, Dwarf cichlid, Ramirez’s Cichlid.
Beginner Fish: No, they need a well established tank.
Tank Size: Minimum of 20 gallons for each pair.
Water Temperature: 78°F-85°F
Natural Habitat: Rivers of Columbia and Venezuela.
Lifespan: 3 years
Behavior: Generally peaceful, but when they are breeding males can become aggressive because they guard the eggs.
Tank Mates: Many other cichlids except for large fish that are big enough to eat them.
Feeding: Omnivorous. Feed pellets, frozen, and live foods.
Tank Region: Everywhere.