For the beginners, German Blue Ram Care may seem overwhelming as this fish is very picky about the aquarium setting. Appropriate mimic of its natural environment keeps it healthy and thriving.
That is why many expert aquarists do not recommend this fish to the newcomers. Native to the Orinoco River basin in Venezuela and Colombia in South America, this fish has a long history of shifting from one genus to the other.
Mainly popular as the aquarium fish, the scientific name of it (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi) has been given from Manuel Ramirez, who is one of the first collectors and traders of blue ram cichlid.
Color Variations Of Rams:
Ram Cichlid fishes are available in various colors including neon blue rams, yellow ram fish, and golden rams fish, which is the main reason why they are widely preferred as the aquarium fishes.
Though in the wild they have more colorful bodies but in the fish tank, they do not bear such vibrant colors, because of the lack of natural environment.
The males have the first few rays of dorsal fin extended to the end and the females bear pink or red blush in the abdomen area when close to spawning.
Behavior and Tankmates Of Blue German Rams:
Though German blue rams show complex behaviors but overall you can describe these fishes as calm and less energetic. Keeping these fishes with aggressive and energetic fishes is not recommended as while feeding them, the energetic fishes may clean-out the foods before them.
If the fishes are kept in pairs then they will share the common territory but while keeping more than 1 pair, you may notice aggressive behavior regarding territorialism.
In that case increasing some of the hiding places will give them space for building their own territory. At the time of parenting also the males become aggressive as they try to protect their fry from other males.
If such case occurs always separate the parents and fry in a separate tank. some of the potential German blue ram tank mates are-
- Dwarf Gourami
- Silver Dollar
- Neon Tetra
- Cardinal Tetra
- Dwarf Neon Rainbowfish
The crucial thing to consider while keeping blue ram cichlid is the tank size. This fish need space to swim, thick vegetation and more hiding places to hide. 20 gallons of aquarium will be enough for a pair as they will share the common territory.
But if you are planning on keeping two males to avoid the chances of breeding then it is recommended to take at least a 30 gallons of fish tank because the territorialism of them in a small aquarium may result in a massive fight.
Apart from providing thick vegetation and hiding caves or houses, the water chemistry should be well maintained. Soft to medium hard water with 5.5 – 7.0 pH and 78 – 85 degrees F is highly recommended.
If you are planning to breed and hence keeping a pair in the tank then do not forget to give some flat rocks in the lower portion of the aquarium, as the females love to spawn eggs on them.
Also, a large amount of bio wastage is not preferable to blue German ram, so it is highly recommended to use a canister filter with 3 stages of the filtration process.
German Blue Ram Breeding:
Before keeping blue ram cichlid in your tank, always plan ahead that if you want to breed or not, as forming a pair from the beginning is crucial. Keeping a pair from younger ages will increase the chances of breeding. Or you can buy a pair from your pet shop.
To understand if your female is about to spawn or not, you will see a pinkish glow near the abdomen and it will also be a little rounder than before. If your tank has other fishes which eat eggs, it is suitable to separate the pair to another breeding tank.
There the female will spawn the eggs on the flat rocks and the male will fertilize them from the outside. A typical clutch contains 150 – 300 eggs. Unlike other fishes I have mentioned in my blog, both sexes of blue ram cichlid are active parents.
They take care of their fry together until they grow up properly. Always check for the water and temperature condition in the tank for the better growth of the fry.
German Blue Ram Food:
Blue ram fish is omnivorous is nature so to keep them active, you need to give them the both combination of meat and leafy vegetables.
- Live Foods: Live foods like brine shrimp, mosquito larvae, micro-worms, fruit flies etc. are their favorite so if your fishes have stopped eating which is normal in case of environment shift, you can minimize their stress by giving some live larvae.
- Prepared Foods: You can try the high-quality flake foods that are available in the market as they will give them a proper balanced diet.
- Frozen Foods: Mosquito larvae or any other worms if bought frozen from the market then it is always recommended to thaw them before feeding to the fishes.
For the offspring, you can try some ground flakes or you can give them live mosquito larvae, as it will help them to grow healthier.
German Blue Ram Care And Diseases:
German Blue ram cichlid can be highly affected with fish tuberculosis and Ich. Ich is a disease caused by a protozoan which creates white spots on the body of the fish. Other than that your fish may get affected by fungal and bacterial diseases.
To eliminate all these chances, it is recommended to keep your tank neat and clean. Maintaining the temperature and filtering the aquarium properly is crucial in terms of proper German blue ram care.
- How big do German blue rams get?
- 2 – 3 inches
- How much is the German blue ram lifespan?
- 3 years or more.