Ram / Butterfly Cichlid Tropical Fish InformationMikrogeophagus ramirezi
Behaviour Peaceful, territorial, pair forming
Typical size 4cm
Max size 4cm
Tank Area Bottom, middle
Min Tank Size 60cm
Temp Min: 26℃ Max: 30℃
Feeding flake, frozen foods
pH Range 5-7
Ram / Butterfly Cichlid (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi)
Ram / Butterfly Cichlid Tropical Fish Learn all about the Ram / Butterfly Cichlid'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 Ram / Butterfly Cichlid is the right fish for your aquarium.
Rams are an instantly attractive fish to many fishkeepers although success often depends on the correct environment and good quality stock. Specimens which have been heavily captive bred or inbred are often weaker and may show physical deformities. Provide a soft water environment and plenty of areas to explore around the lower levels, heavily vegetated areas will be appreciated.
Rams do require water temperatures that are higher than the ideal for many other fish so take care when choosing tank mates. A number of bred forms are available including a golden colour and a long finned variety. Balloon forms push selective breeding too far are often suffer health issues as a result so are hest avoided in the oppinion of ThinkFish. 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 are sensitive to water fluctuations and chemicals. Rams will pair easily and you can often pick a pair from a shop sales tank. Under the right conditions Rams will breed easily. A beautiful aquarium fish if kept with care.
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