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When you say Dwarf Ram, is there a scientific name you could provider? Technically all Ram Cichlids are dwarfs - so what type of variant would this be?
 

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This is Mikrogeophagus ramirezi. Same as the German blue ram. This is a balloon variety of M. ramirezi.

Any ram that you see that isn't a standard Bolivian will be one of the M. ramirezi variants.
 

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This is Mikrogeophagus ramirezi. Same as the German blue ram. This is a balloon variety of M. ramirezi.

Any ram that you see that isn't a standard Bolivian will be one of the M. ramirezi variants.
I thought that it was a balloon variety; I just rarely see them around my area so I was very confused!

It's a beautiful fish; I'm just not one for buying balloon varieties of fish.
 

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It's a fish that has a shorter than usual body shape making it look round. These fish are man-made, by breeding together those fish which had slightly shorter bodies. The fish have problems because all their internal organs are squashed up.
There are a few species of balloon fish - rams and mollies are quite common, but I've also seen images of balloon pearl gouramis.
 

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But please don't buy any. They do come with potential health problems.
 

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