German Gold Ram (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi) CareSheet
Papilochromis ramirezi's German Gold Ram is a stunning color variant. It's a sociable fish that forms couples and is often "loyal" to them. The German Gold Rams have a gold body with pink, orange, and red highlights. Compare with German Blue Ram cichlids
A tank of at least 20 gallons is required for the German Gold Ram. Several thick plant groupings and sufficient of free swimming area should be present in the tank. A few caves to hide in and stones to spawn on are also required by the German Gold Ram. The German Gold Ram is a gentle fish that makes a great addition to the communal tank. However, if this fish is housed in an aquarium with no hiding spots, it may grow hostile against tiny tank mates.
The German Gold Ram is an egg layer that enjoys water with a mild to medium hardness, a neutral pH, and slightly elevated temperatures (77-82°F). The water should be supplemented with peat. On stones and, on rare occasions, in depressions, the female will lay up to 200 eggs. The fry are reared by both the male and female, and they have been observed to take them into their mouths to protect them like a mouth brooder. It's important not to let the fry be sucked into the filter.
Requirements for keeping Mikrogeophagus ramirezi
Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Tank Conditions: 77-82°F; pH 5.0-7.0
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 3"
Golden Rams Breeding Behaviour
What is Mikrogeophagus ramirezi?
Mikrogeophagus ramirezi, commonly known as the ram cichlid, is a small, brightly colored freshwater fish species native to the Orinoco River basin in South America. It is a popular aquarium cichlid prized for its coloration and peaceful temperament.
What is their natural habitat?
In the wild, Mikrogeophagus ramirezi inhabits slow moving rivers, streams, and pools with plenty of vegetation. They prefer warm, acidic soft water conditions.
What do ram cichlids eat?
Ram cichlids are omnivores in the wild, eating both small insects/crustaceans and plant matter. In captivity they do well on a varied diet of flakes, pellets, live and frozen foods.
What size tank do they need?
A 20 gallon aquarium is sufficient for a small group of Mikrogeophagus ramirezi. Provide plenty of plants and open swimming areas. They appreciate dim lighting.
How big do ram cichlids grow?
In most home aquariums, ram cichlids reach about 2-3 inches (5-8 cm) in total length when fully grown. Selective breeding has yielded some larger variants.
Are rams suitable for community tanks?
Yes, the Mikrogeophagus ramirezi is an excellent community fish when provided with tank mates of similar size and temperament. Avoid very active or aggressive fish.