Mikrogeophagus ramirezi

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This very colorful South American cichlid (family Cichlidae) is found in the Orinoco River basin. There are variety of strains developed, raging from color variation to larger bodied, fattened (balloon) and high-fin variation. These species unfortunately suffer from bad health condition when compared to the wild variant and they are usually infertile.

Care tips

  • Prefers slow water flow
  • Driftwood roots or branches for cover
  • Sand substrate preferred
  • Catappa leaves
  • Couple of flat rocks
  • Omnivore

Mikrogeophagus ramirezi is also known by Ramirezi, Ram, Blue ram, German blue ram, Asian ram, Butterfly cichlid and Dwarf butterfly cichlid. Synonym to Microgeophagus ramirezi, Apistogramma ramirezi and Papiliochromis ramirezi.

Below you can find photo and video collection of the Blue and Gold rams that I have kept with many unsuccessful spawning results, most likely due to infertile males. I really like these species they are very colorful and have interesting behaviors like many cichlids do. I have only couple of dated photos from this species, luckily I did capture interesting videos of my Mikrogeophagus ramirezi couples while spawning.

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Mikrogeophagus ramirezi photo gallery

This photo gallery contains images. Photos were taken between 2008 and 2009. Latest photos are always at the top. Click on each image for full-screen view.

Video gallery

This video gallery contains videos of my Ram cichlids. Latest videos are always at the top.

Blue ram video

This capture shows closeups of Blue ram couple spawning.

  • Video capture date 2012.
  • Male and female breeding behavior

Gold ram video

This capture shows closeups of spawning behaviors.

  • Video capture date 2012
  • Male and female breeding behavior
  • Fighting between the blue and gold couple