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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.

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Electric Blue Ram Cichlid
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Electric Blue Ram Cichlid
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Electric Blue Ram Cichlid
Electric Blue Ram Cichlid
Electric Blue Ram Cichlid
Quick Facts
Scientific NameMikrogeophagus ramirezi
Year Described2009
Other NamesButterfly Cichlid, German Blue Ram, Ramirez's Dwarf Cichlid, Dwarf Butterfly Cichlid,
ClassificationActinopterygii
OrderCichliformes
FamilyCichlidae
GenusMikrogeophagus
OriginsColombia, Venezuela
TemperamentPeaceful
Aquarium LevelBottom - Middle
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
ShoalingNo
Best kept asPairs
DietOmnivore
ReproductionEgg-Layer
Lifespan3 - 4 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH5.0 - 7.5
GH5 - 12
TDS18 - 179
Temperature
78 - 85℉
25.6 - 29.4℃

Feeding

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.

Sexual Dimorphism

There is no difficulty in distinguishing Electric Blue Ram males from females. Compared to males, females are smaller and have more pink pigmentation on their ventral areas, and their dorsal fin rays are less developed on the anterior portion.

Furthermore, females tend to have a plumper body shape and a more rounded tailfin edging than males. Males, on the other hand, have larger anal and dorsal fins and a more sharply edged tail fin. Additionally, there is an apparent second ray in the male's dorsal fin.

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Date Added: 24/11/2020 - Updated: 24/08/2022 12:36:53