German Blue Ram

German Blue Ram

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Mikrogeophagus ramirezi

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Synonyms



Apistogramma ramirezi, Papiliochromis ramirezi



Distribution



Orinoco River basin, Venezuela and Colombia.



Sexual Dimorphism



Males with extended rays on the front of the
dorsal fin. Females with a more round and pink coloured belly.



Maximum Size



5cm (2?)



Water Parameters



Soft and acidic. pH: 5.0-7.0, dH: up to 8
degrees.



Temperature



25-30 deg C (77-86 deg F)



Compatibility



Softwater community



Lighting



No special requirements


 

Care

Rams are a peaceful, but delicate dwarf cichlid species
that are recommended for experienced aquarists. They are best maintained as a
male-female pair in a peaceful community setting with lots of plants and caves.
They must only be kept in softwater aquaria, and should not be housed with any
aggressive species which may bully them. Small groups of Rams can be kept
together, but you may find that certain fish pair off, and when breeding, they
can become a little territorial towards others. Frequent partial water changes
are essential in the successful keeping of this species ? excellent water
quality must be maintained at all times. Most specimens offered for sale in the
trade are captive-bred. Wild-caught fish can be larger and more colourful and
so usually command a much higher price tag. Cultivated golden and long-finned
varieties of this species are also available.

 

Feeding

Flake, micropellets, small frozen foods such as mosquito
larvae, brineshrimp and daphnia.

 

Breeding

To breed your Rams,
the water must be very soft (<5 dH) with a pH <7.0. The water temperature
should be set at the high end of their preferred range. Females can lay up to
400 eggs (although 250 is a typical average sized brood), which both male and
female will take turns in guarding and fanning with their pectoral fins. These
eggs should hatch after 48-72 hours and the fry will become free-swimming after
5 days, at which stage they can be offered tiny foods such as infusoria and
microworms, moving on to larger foodstuffs as they grow. The parent fish will
herd the youngsters around the tank, protecting them from any potential
predators. If you wish to ensure a high survival rate for your eggs/fry, it
would be prudent to set up a dedicated breeding tank for this purpose