The German Ram Cichlid – a beautiful appearance in your aquarium

The German Ram Cichlid is a great addition to your aquarium. It has really beautiful colors and beautiful variations in shades of yellow and blue. Some have brilliantly colored, short fins. Others have graceful, longfins that seem to dance through your tank. In short, a german ram cichlid in your aquarium will certainly attract attention.

These fish belong to the group of dwarf cichlids. The males will grow slightly larger than the females, but the average aerial bass will not exceed 5 to 7 centimeters. A nice fish for every aquarium enthusiast.

The german ram cichlid is a tropical freshwater fish that is not difficult to keep. As long as you keep a close eye on a number of things, such as the right water quality and nutrition. Do you offer them sufficient hiding places, such as pieces of driftwood, stones and plants? Then the german ram cichlid will have a good time in your aquarium.

What to look for when buying german ram cichlid?

Note that these fish do not always get along well. Keep this in mind. It is important to maintain a good ratio between males and females. In this way the peace within the group is maintained.

Make sure to add 2 to 3 females per male. Do you have a small container of 80 liters or less? Then one male is enough to avoid a fight. To avoid disappointment, keep in mind that the aerial bass only lives 2 to 3 years.

Buy your ram cichlid, just like your other aquarium fish, preferably from a good breeder. You then know that you are getting healthy fish, which are strong and free from diseases.

German electric blue ram cichlid, eye-catcher in your aquarium

The German electric blue ram cichlid will be the most striking appearance in your aquarium. The bright blue color is not to be missed. The males in particular have a bright, striking color. The females are slightly less colorful.

German ram cichlid – Mikrogeophagus ramirezi longfin

Mikrogeophagus ramirezi longfin

As the name suggests, the Mikrogeophagus ramirezi longfin is a breeding form of the german ram cichlid, with long fins. This beautiful appearance is a feast for the eyes. They seem to dance through your tank with their brilliant fins and bold colors.

Microgeophagus ramirezi gender, how do you tell the difference between male and female?

The difference between male and female is quite visible in the Microgeophagus ramirezi and can be determined at a fairly young age. This is useful if you want to buy this fish.

The males are slightly larger than the females. In addition, the front two dorsal fin rays are extended. The back of the dorsal fin is more pointed in the male, in the female it is shorter and more rounded. The belly of the female is fuller. And she can be recognized by the orange, red color that can often be seen on the abdominal wall.

Keeping Microgeophagus ramirezi, how do you do it right?

It is preferable to keep a pair of Microgeophagus ramirezi in a tank of at least 55 liters, where there is a light current. They prefer the company of several conspecifics, but adjust the size of your aquarium accordingly. A larger group quickly needs 100 to 200 liters of water. Due to their territorial behaviour, there must be enough space for each specimen to maintain its own territory.

These small fish are naturally often prey to larger fish, so they like plenty of hiding places. You can give them this quite easily, by making a nice arrangement of pieces of driftwood, stones and aquarium plants.

Because the Microgeophagus ramirezi is a tropical fish, you will have to keep the temperature of your aquarium at 26 to a maximum of 32 degrees. Moderate lighting is recommended to bring out the beautiful colors of your fish.

If you really want to keep Microgeophagus ramirezi, the right water value is of great importance. They prefer to live in warm waters, such as their tropical home in South America. Keeping the water value stable and at exactly the right values ​​is not easy, so the fish is less suitable for novice aquarium keepers. The ideal pH value for these fish is between 5.8 and 6.0. The water hardness should remain between 2 and 7 dH. Tap water is therefore unsuitable for these fish.

German ram cichlid and shrimp together, is that okay?

Be careful with shrimp in your aquarium. Shrimp are often seen as tasty snacks by the ram cichlid, especially the young ones. This also applies to other invertebrates, such as snails and crabs. Although snails can still hide in their house. You can assume that shrimp and the german ram cichlid is not the best of friends. You can read Freshwater Shrimp article to know more about shrimp.

Just like (semi) aggressive fish, such as the angelfish or betas, these don’t mix well either. It is better to choose small, calm and peaceful fish. Tetras and danios, for example, go well with the german ram cichlid.

German ram cichlid and veil tail together?

A german ram cichlid and a veil tail together in one aquarium is not a good idea. Both need a different living environment. Veil tails like much colder water than the german ram cichlid, which prefers a tropical environment.

In addition, veil tails need very different water values ​​than the german ram cichlid. Especially because the water values ​​for the german ram cichlid are so close, and veil tails are considerable polluters, it is almost impossible to keep the water values ​​stable and optimal for both fish.

Growing Microgeophagus ramirezi, that’s how you do it

Growing small Microgeophagus ramirezi is not easy, but it is certainly doable. There will always be a number of pairs in a group of the fish. To prevent them from eating their own eggs due to stress, you can put a pair separately in a breeding tank.

German blue ram cichlid

Provide a temperature between 26 and 28 degrees, a soil with smooth pebbles and aquarium plants with large leaves. This offers the aerial bass a good environment to lay their eggs.

As long as the parents do not eat the eggs due to stress, for example, they contribute to the safe and healthy growing up of the little ones. If the parents do show stress, it is better to remove them from the tank to protect the small fish.

The eggs will hatch after about 60 hours, after which the male will take over. Do you see aggressive behavior towards the female? Then place her back in the main tank. After 3 or 4 days you will see the small aerial bass swimming around. Do not be alarmed if the male takes the small fish in his mouth. That’s how he cleans them.

As soon as the yolk sac has disappeared, you can start feeding the small ram cichlid, for example baby shrimp. After about 3 weeks, the little ones can fend for themselves and the male can go back to the main tank.

Keep a close eye on the water values ​​during the entire cultivation. The little fish don’t tolerate fluctuations in these values ​​well, so keep it stable.

Questions about keeping german ram cichlid?

As you can see, there is quite a lot involved in keeping german ram cichlid. But it is certainly worth delving into this. Their beautiful colors make your aquarium particularly interesting to look at.

Are you having problems with your german ram cichlid? Or do you want to know more about the care or cultivation? Ask your questions in the comment below and I’ll be happy to help you on your way.

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