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German Blue Ramirezi (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi)

German Blue Ramirezi (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi)

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Ram Cichlid Care Guide with Aquarium Size Requirement:

1. Species Overview:

  • The Ram Cichlid, also known as Mikrogeophagus ramirezi, is a small and vibrant freshwater fish native to South America. Known for its striking colors and distinctive appearance, it is a popular choice for aquarium enthusiasts.

2. Aquarium Size:

  • Provide a tank with a minimum size of 20 gallons for a pair of Ram Cichlids. A larger tank, around 30 gallons or more, is recommended if keeping a community of cichlids or other peaceful tank mates.

3. Water Parameters:

  • Maintain a stable water temperature between 78°F to 85°F (26°C to 29°C).
  • Aim for a slightly acidic to neutral pH level, ideally between 6.0 and 7.5.
  • Keep the water hardness in the soft to moderate range, around 5 to 15 dGH.

4. Size of the Fish:

  • Ram Cichlids typically grow to a size of about 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.5 centimeters).

5. Tank Decor:

  • Mimic their natural habitat by incorporating soft, sandy substrate and providing plenty of hiding spots among rocks, caves, and driftwood. Ram Cichlids appreciate planted areas with moderate lighting.
  • Ensure the tank has smooth decorations to prevent injury to their delicate fins.

6. Diet:

  • Ram Cichlids are omnivores. Feed them a balanced diet of high-quality pellets, flakes, and occasional live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp, bloodworms, and daphnia.
  • Include vegetable matter in their diet for optimal health.

7. Behavior:

  • Ram Cichlids are generally peaceful but can be territorial, especially during breeding. They are known for their interesting behaviors and interactions.
  • Keep them in pairs or small groups, and avoid aggressive tank mates.

8. Tank Mates:

  • Choose tank mates carefully, as Ram Cichlids can be sensitive to aggression. Ideal tank mates include peaceful community fish like tetras, rasboras, and other non-aggressive cichlids.
  • Avoid keeping them with large or aggressive species.

9. Tank Maintenance:

  • Perform regular water changes of 25-50% every week to maintain water quality.
  • Use a good filtration system and ensure proper aeration.

10. Breeding:

  • Ram Cichlids are known to be good parents. Provide flat surfaces or caves for them to lay eggs.
  • Condition the breeding pair with live and frozen foods, and separate them if aggression occurs during breeding.

By following these care guidelines and providing an adequately sized and well-decorated aquarium, Ram Cichlids can thrive, displaying their vibrant colors and interesting behaviors in a community or species tank.

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