Electric Blue Ram Cichlid (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi)
Cichlid enthusiasts have been captivated by the Electric Blue Morph of the common Ram Cichlid, and its beauty has made it a popular addition to the hobby, even though it is a bit more challenging to look after than its ancestors. It was developed in 2009 by someone. In addition to being less common than other Ram varieties, Electric Blue Ram Cichlids, Mikrogeophagus ramirezi, can also be more expensive.
Keeping an Electric Blue Ram is not tricky, but it is not recommended for beginners. However, it would be best if you avoided housing Electric Blue Rams with other Dwarf Cichlids at all costs.
It's best to keep these Rams in pairs in a peaceful community setting where they won't be bullied and outcompeted by aggressive species. There is no problem keeping small groups of Rams together, but you may find that specific fish pair off, and when breeding, they can become territorial.
Slow-moving, small, calm and peaceful tankmates are ideal. Additionally, keeping these Rams on their own is not recommended, as they need friendly and docile species to feel comfortable.
Electric Blue Rams are tank-bred colour strains of the Ram. Instead of a mixture of different colours, this fish has a neon blue body colour with orange shading and neon blue fins. However, they still have red eyes, just like other Ram species.
|Scientific Name||Mikrogeophagus ramirezi|
|Other Names||Butterfly Cichlid, German Blue Ram, Ramirez's Dwarf Cichlid, Dwarf Butterfly Cichlid,|
|Aquarium Level||Bottom - Middle|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Pairs|
|Lifespan||3 - 4 years|
|PH||5.0 - 7.5|
|GH||5 - 12|
|TDS||18 - 179|
|78 - 85℉|
25.6 - 29.4℃
In the home aquarium, the Electric Blue Ram Cichlid will readily accept most good quality dried foods such as granules, flakes and sinking pellets. These modern food products have been developed to provide all adequate nutrition to maintain your fish's health and dietary requirements.
Providing additional foodstuffs such as live, frozen, and freeze-dried meals such as bloodworm, daphnia, and tubifex once or twice a week will provide additional benefits to your fish's health and well-being but is not a must for this fish.
It should be noted that bloodworms should only be given as an occasional treat and should not be used as the staple diet as they are difficult for fish to digest and can potentially cause blockages.
This fish is an omnivore in the wild, meaning it will consume some vegetable matter. Although most modern fish foods take this into account and include them in their products, you can still supplement your fish's diet with blanched vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and zucchini. Ensure you do not overfeed your fish and remove any leftovers the following day.