Ram Cichlid (papiliochromis ramirezi)

Ram Cichlid (papiliochromis ramirezi)

Ram cichlid, Mikrogeophagus ramirezi

Ram cichlid, Mikrogeophagus ramirezi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Care should be taken with water qualities, as Rams are sensitive to water conditions and do not like changes in the chemical nature of their water. Best kept with similarly-sized fishes, Rams are non-aggressive Cichlids. They are quite difficult to breed, and as for cichlids, they make suprisingly poor parents. A pair will form when both fishes are between 1.5 to 2 inches in length and will spawn in the open (on a flattened rock, on the gravel, or on a large leaf) between 80-200 eggs. Often times one of the parents eats the eggs, or both seem to forget they have laid any eggs at all and another fish eats the unguarded eggs.

HABITAT: Streams in Venezuela and Colombia.

Compatible: South American Cichlids of similar size, Rainbowfish, Gouramis, Barbs, Danios, Discus, Angels, Loaches, Plecos, and scavenger Catfish.
Aquarium Setup: 72-80°F; pH 6.5-8.0; dH 9-20
Diet: Omnivorous
Size: 3 in (7.5 cm)

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