Bolivian Ram Tropical Fish Information

Mikrogeophagus altispinosus
Bolivian Ram
Behaviour Peaceful, pair-forming
Typical size 7cm
Max size 8cm
Tank Area Middle, bottom
Min Tank Size 90cm
Temp Min: 22℃ Max: 28℃
Feeding Flake, dried, frozen, live foods
pH Range 6-7.5
Hardness vs,s,m,h
Bolivian Ram Mikrogeophagus altispinosus
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Bolivian Ram (Mikrogeophagus altispinosus)

Bolivian Ram Tropical Fish Learn all about the Bolivian Ram's feeding habits and food types, its behaviour, its origins, its natural habitats, is it male or female, breeding advice and information, suitable tank mates, its sizing and growth range, minimum tank size, water PH and more. Use our fish community creator tool to plan your tank set up and ensure that the Bolivian Ram is the right fish for your aquarium.

The Bolivian Ram is a good alternative to the more colourful, but also more demanding, Ram or Butterfly Cichlid, and doesn't require the elevated temperatures of it's counterpart. These fish are peaceful, robust, and make an excellent aquarium fish for a general community or dwarf cichlid community. Unlike many other dwarf cichlids, they can be kept in groups of 5 or more, given a tank size of greater than 90cm. They are 'sand sifters' taking mouthfuls of sand from the substrate and sifting these through the gills and mouth to find food, although they will also feed directly from the water column too. The fish form pairs and are good parents. Provide hiding spots amongst densely planted areas and/or caves. More robust than most dwarf cichlids.

Bolivian Ram Facts

Family Cichlidae (Cichlids) | Synonyms Crenicara altispinosa, Papiliochromis altispinosus, Microgeophagus altispinosus | Origin South America; Brazil, Bolivia | Breeding Egg layer; eggs are laid on stones or in pits, females care for the eggs and young | Natural Water Conditions pH 7, medium | Sexing Males slightly larger and more colourful with more extended finnage, difficult to sex

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