German Blue Ram Cichlid


The German Blue Ram (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi) is a small, colorful cichlid native to the Orinoco River basin in Venezuela and Colombia, famed for its striking blue and gold coloration and peaceful temperament.

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( 1.75" )

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The German Blue Ram, Mikrogeophagus ramirezi, is a centerpiece fish in the freshwater aquarium hobby, adored for its vibrant colors and peaceful nature. Native to the slow-flowing waters of the Orinoco River basin in South America, this species showcases a stunning palette of blue, yellow, and black, accented with a distinctive red eye.

Typically reaching up to 2-3 inches in size, the German Blue Ram is a manageable size for most aquariums. They flourish in warm water (78-85°F or 26-29°C) with soft to medium hardness and a slightly acidic to neutral pH. The ideal aquarium setup mimics their natural habitat, featuring fine sand substrate, dense vegetation, and hiding spots like driftwood or caves to provide a sense of security.

German Blue Rams are known for their relatively calm demeanor, making them excellent candidates for community tanks with other peaceful species. They are often kept with small tetras, rasboras, and dwarf gouramis. However, during breeding, they can become territorial, so providing ample space and visual barriers can help minimize aggression.

In terms of diet, they are not overly demanding but thrive on a varied diet comprising quality flakes, pellets, and occasional live or frozen foods such as bloodworms and brine shrimp. Proper nutrition is key to maintaining their vivid coloration and overall health.

Breeding the German Blue Ram can be a rewarding experience for aquarists. They are monogamous and form strong pair bonds. A breeding pair will carefully select and clean a flat surface for egg laying, and both parents participate actively in guarding and raising the fry.

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