German Ram, Mikrogeophagus ramirezi, is a spectacular dwarf cichlid and has been popular in the hobby for over 50 years. Indeed, German Ram is considered as one of the "jewels" of the aquarium hobby. The fish sports very attractive colors from bright yellow and red to white and iridescent blue. Male specimens usually have the first few rays of the dorsal fin spectacularly extended. During spawning, their colors become even more vivid and the female's belly becomes pink/magenta. Males are a bit bigger than females.
Care & Maintenance
German Rams are dwarf cichlids and belong to the genius Mikrogeophagus in the family of Cichlidae. They are found in the Orinoco River basin in Venezuela as well as in Colombia. 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, German Rams will appreciate aquascape that includes live aquarium plants, decorations, driftwood, and rocks. These aquascape features will provide shelter and make the fish feel safe. Once they feel happy, German Rams will readily spawn. They will lay eggs on a precleaned site (e.g. stone) or in a depression in the substrate. German Rams are good parents and will take care of their fry, shooing away any potential intruders from the immediate area where they fry are.
German Rams 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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