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Remarks: Rams (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi) have been popular in the hobby for decades for their brilliant colors and easy reproduction. They are small cichlids from South America that rarely grow larger than 2". Their name, "Small Eartheater," gives clues about their feeding mechanism: They sift sand through their mouths and gills, swallowing small bits of food. As such, sand is necessary for the long-term health of these fish. They seem to like their water warmer than most other fish, so it is advised to keep the water as close to 80° as possible.
Reproduction is achieved when a pair decides upon a suitable cave or flat surface. They may excavate small craters in the sand to use as a spawning site - something that is very fun to watch! Eggs are laid and guarded by the parents until they are free-swimming, at which time the parents will parade the fry around the tank, eating small bits of food stuck to tank decor. Dither fish such as small tetras will give the parents something to target with their aggression, hopefully saving themselves from each other.
Black Rams are a new line-bred variety. The fish vary in darkness, but keeping them in a dimly-lit tank with darker substrate will cause them to darken up naturally. Selective breeding can create darker and darker individuals.
Scientific Name: Mikrogeophagus ramirezi
Common Name: Black Ram Cichlid
Max Size: 2.5"
Region of Origin: South America
Captive Bred or Wild: Captive Bred
Compatibility: Small schooling fish, livebearers, small rainbowfish like M. praecox or Blue-Eyes, small catfish, Gudgeons, Garra.
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