Max Size: 10cm

German Blue Ram Cichlid (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi)

German Blue Ram Cichlids, Mikrogeophagus ramirezi, are low maintenance and easy to keep due to their peaceful temperament and hardiness. In a community aquarium, these rams make an excellent addition but don't house them with much larger, boisterous tankmates.

These Cichlids should be kept in pairs in a peaceful community setting so they won't be outcompeted by aggressive species. You can keep small groups of Rams together, but you may find that they pair off, and when breeding, they become territorial.

It is ideal to have tankmates that are slow-moving, small, calm, and peaceful. It is also not recommended to keep these Rams on their own since they require friendly and docile species to be comfortable.

German Blue Rams often have a mixture of yellow, blue, red, and orange on their bodies. Yellow is usually the dominant colour on the front half of their bodies, and blue is usually the prevalent colour on the back half. Some individuals are yellower on their front and back thirds, while others have faded dark blue in the middle.

The black line that runs vertically across the fish's face over the eye is one of its most prominent features. Due to this thick band, they appear like bandits and have red eyes. Due to this thick band, they appear like bandits and have red eyes.

In the middle of the body and on the front of the dorsal fin, there can also be some dark blue or black patches. They are also relatively large and will usually match the band's colour. You can also find dots on the fins of specific individuals. Depending on their dominant colours, they are either yellow or bright blue.


German Blue Ram Cichlid
German Blue Ram Cichlid
German Blue Ram Cichlid
German Blue Ram Cichlid
German Blue Ram Cichlid
Quick Facts
Scientific NameMikrogeophagus ramirezi
Year Described1948
Other NamesBlue Ram, Asian Ram, Butterfly Cichlid, Ramirez's Dwarf Cichlid, Dwarf Butterfly Cichlid, Ramirezi
OriginsColombia, Venezuela
Aquarium LevelBottom - Middle
Best kept asPairs
Lifespan3 - 4 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH5.0 - 7.5
GH5 - 12
72 - 79℉
22.2 - 26.1℃

Natural Habitat



In the home aquarium, the German 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

The male and female German Blue Rams are easily distinguished. The females are smaller and have more pink pigmentation on their ventral area, while their dorsal fin rays are less developed at the anterior section.

Additionally, females usually have a rounded tailfin edging and a plumper body shape than males. On the other hand, males have v-shaped tail fins, pointed dorsal and anal fins, and larger bodies. The males will also have a long second ray in their dorsal fin.

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Date Added: 29/10/2020 - Updated: 24/08/2022 17:37:03