Tropical Fish for Freshwater Aquariums: Electric Blue Ram
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Electric Blue Ram
(Mikrogeophagus ramirezi)
Electric Blue Ram
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Blue
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 72-79° F, KH 0-10, pH 6.5-7.5
Max. Size 2½"
Origin Captive-Bred
Family Cichlidae
Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons
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Overview

The Ram is prized for its winning personality despite its fierce appearance. With its spiked dorsal fin, low-slung pectoral fins, Mikrogeophagus ramirezi appears to be an aquarium bulldog. However, this member of the Cichlidae family is actually one of the more social and peaceful freshwater fish. In fact, most Rams will actively swim with equally non-aggressive members of your community aquarium and are known to faithfully pair with just one other mate.

For the best care, the Ram should be kept in an aquarium of at least 30 gallons with several dense plant groups scattered around plenty of open swimming space. The Ram also needs a few caves in which to hide and, if breeding, flat stones on which the female can lay her eggs. Though the Ram is very peaceful, both females and males can become aggressive towards other fish when hiding places are lacking or when tending to their eggs.

Impeccable water quality is also a must. The Rams breed in soft to medium hard water with a neutral pH and slightly raised water temperatures between 77° and 82°F. Peat should be added to the water. Both the male and female share the rearing of the fry, and it has been reported that the Ram will take fry into their mouths to protect them like a mouth brooder. Care should be taken so that the fry are not sucked into the filter.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small 1" to 1-1/2"; Large: 2" to 2-3/4"

Customer Testimonials

Kenn Hudak Mt Lebanon , PA
This is a beautiful fish. The picture doesn't do it justice. The male is more vibrant in color and the female is more of a pastel pearlized yellow, which goes into shades of pink. I really enjoy these guys.
Gabe Charlotte , NC
One of the most beautiful freshwater fish I've ever kept. Even though they are cichlids, they one of the few peaceful fish in my aquarium. They have such a unique personality to them, which makes them a great showcase fish for your aquarium. I highly recommend the German Ram (Blue or Gold) to any novice or expert aquarist.
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