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Mikrogeophagus Ramirezi

Balloon Blue Ram - Mikrogeophagus Ramirezi

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The Balloon (short-bodied) Ram is an aquarium strain that has become quite popular with its rounded body and long flowing fins. Rams are very popular community fish, with their bright colors and peaceful disposition. They are best kept in a planted aquarium with species such as tetras and Angels. Balloon Rams grow to about 5cm, they have been developed in both blue and gold forms.

More than 225 species, with estimates of 300 species, of cichlids, are found throughout South America. An estimated 75% of these inhabit the mighty Amazon River Basin. Cichlids are also found in Central America, where they are well-known for their pugnacious behavior and their stunning colors. Most of this cichlid is large, thus requiring large tanks. These fish inhabit most types of waterways throughout Central America including lakes, streams, rivers, even underground water sources.

Their colorful appearance, the many different species available, their behavior and their breeding are just some of the reasons the Cichlids are one of the most popular aquarium fish.

Due to their aggressive behavior, the tank for cichlids should be as large as possible, with its length being more critical than its height; meaning the longer the better.

In the Cichlid tank, there must be places of refuge. These can be rock caves, large pieces of driftwood or even inverted flowerpots. Most large species of Cichlids will dig up the substrate material, and occasionally will remove plants from the substrate. The Angelfish, Discus, and the dwarf species Apistogramma all prefer a densely planted tank.

The water temperature should be in the range of 24-28 degrees celsius, slightly higher for the Discus. The diet should consist of live and frozen food of all kinds as well as a large flake staple food. Large specimens can be feed Earthworms, garden Crickets and kitchen leftovers.

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Scientific Name Mikrogeophagus Ramirezi
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