Bolivian Ram, Mikrogeophagus altispinosus, like its cousin German Ram, Mikrogeophagus ramirezi, is a small and peaceful cichlid. They have beautiful colors ranging from yellow to red hues to silvery blue. They are a great addition to any community tank with other small and peaceful fish.
Care Guide for Bolivian Ram
Bolivian Rams are dwarf cichlids and belong to the genius Mikrogeophagus in the family of Cichlidae. As their name suggests, they are found in the Amazon River in Bolivia although their range is much broader and includes Brazil as well. In nature, these fish generally inhabit slow-moving waters and areas where they can find cover from predators among plants, tree roots, and branches. They can be kept in a wide range of aquarium conditions and are particularly suited for community tanks because of their small size and peaceful temperament.
|Max Size:||2.5 inches|
|Water:||78 - 85 F; pH 5.5 - 7.5|
In aquariums, Bolivian Rams will appreciate aquascape that includes live aquarium plants, decorations, driftwood, and rocks. Adding botanicals such as catappa leaves and pods will further mimic their natural habitat and make them feel at home. They will often set up their breeding teritory around coconut caves. These aquascape features will provide shelter and make the fish feel safe. Once they feel happy, this small dwarf cichlid will readily spawn. They will lay eggs on a precleaned site (e.g. stone) or in a depression in the substrate. Rams are good parents and will take care of their fry, shooing away any potential intruders from the immediate area where they fry are.
Bolivian Ram can be kept with many other peaceful fishes, including discus, tetras, other dwarf cichlids, corydoras catfish, plecos, and many other community fish. They will readily accept a variety of foods, including flakes, pellets, freeze-dried and frozen foods.
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