Ram Cichlid – Mikrogeophagus ramirezi
The ram cichlid comes from Venezuela and Columbia. In the wild they prefer slow moving clear plant-rich water.
Maximum Size: The maximum length is 2.0 inches. The female has a crimson belly and the male has longer dorsal fins.
Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons or larger tank is appropriate.
Care Level: The ram cichlid is a relatively easy fish to maintain. On a scale of 1 –10, (10 being easy) it would rate a “7”.
Tank Conditions: Temperature 79 - 83°F; pH: 4.5 – 7.5.
Color: The ram cichlid is a good looking freshwater fish. As its picture illustrates the coloration varies with blotches, stripes and colorful specs.
Temperament: The ram cichlid is not aggressive and should be kept in a tank that has similar temperament.
Diet: Omnivore - will take a varied diet of flaked foods, and small live freshwater shrimp, larvae etc. They should be fed 1 time each day. High quality vitamin enriched foods should be fed several times each week.
Habitat: Provide with live plants rocks, roots etc. Keep water movement low since this is a species that prefer quiet water.
Compatibility: Ram cichlid in general can be kept with most other species that can handle the ph and temperature requirements. It is generally a peaceful fish. It is best to keep in at least pairs and or small groups.
Remember that as you look to add more fish to a tank, you will need to increase the tank size. As with all aquarium setups, whether it is fresh or salt, consideration needs to be given to the maintenance of water quality. Too many fish can result in poor water quality that can stress and even kill our fish.