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German Blue Ram

Discussion in 'Cichlids - Central and South American' started by Auratus, May 6, 2004.

  1. Auratus

    Auratus Why am I browsing a fish forum at 2am?

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    Common name: German Blue Ram

    Scientific name: Microgeophagus ramirezi

    Family: Cichlidae

    Origin: Venezuela

    Maximum size: 3 inches

    Temperature: 80 degrees

    Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons

    Care: This fish is very sensitive to water quality. As long as you keep the water soft and the temperature stable, these are an easy fish to care for. A "community" cichlid that does well with fish such as tetras, gourami, danios, and catfish. Rams also enjoy planted tanks, with smooth rocks for spawning.

    Feeding: Doesn't readily accept flakes but with a little coaxing you can get them to accept them. They enjoy bloodworms, brine, daphnia, and other live foods.

    Sexing: Females have a pink belly and are wider in the stomach. The dorsal rays are also shorter. Males have longer black dorsal rays and a more of a yellow tint to their chest. Males are sometimes larger than females.

    Breeding: Spawn on rocks and leaves. Males and females will clean and prepare the surface before spawning. Spawns usually yeilds between 25-50 eggs. Very caring parents that do not eat their fry. You can observe them "fanning" their eggs with their fins. They are very impressive parents. Eggs hatch in 24-48 hours after spawning and mother and father continue to care for the fry until they are able to eat on their own.

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  2. snowyangel

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    My pair of german rams breeding on a rock(you can just make out the eggs)
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  3. TigerIssey

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    Have seen on many forum posts that inexperienced pairs may eat the first couple of batches of eggs. The get better as they get older apparently.
     
  4. Straydum

    Straydum Marine Fever

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    A xanthistic strain of Mikrogeophagus ramirezi. Though there are other synonyms such as Apistogramma ramirezi, Microgeophagus ramirezi, Papiliochromis ramirezi, and Papilochromis ramirezi.

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    All of these are Male Microgeophagus ramirezi Long finned variety.

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