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Mikrogeophagus ramirezi: The Blue Ram Cichlid

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Mikrogeophagus ramirezi: The Blue Ram Cichlid

In the wild, The Mikrogeophagus ramirezi can be found inhabiting a variety of environments such as blackwater river canals to clearwater flooded savannas. You will often find them living happily alongside other fish like Apistogramma and tetra species.

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The way my hobby was formed.

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Very quickly it was apparent to me that I needed to keep these animals in an appropriate sized aquarium due to their nature and overall size they got and luckily enough for me I scored my first "big" aquarium not long after I started looking.

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Frotosa Cichlid The Majestic Boss of the Aquarium

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Frotosa Cichlid The Majestic Boss of the Aquarium

Males of this species can get up to 30cm in length and are very girthy a fully developed male with end up growing a magnificent cranial hump, it is said the bigger the hump the stronger the fish. Females tend to stay a bit smaller around the 20cm mark and do not get as dominant of a cranial hump.

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The German Ram Microgeophagus ramirezi- The gem of the community

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The German Ram Microgeophagus ramirezi- The gem of the community

The German Ram has to be one of the nicest looking dwarf cichlids available within our hobby here in New Zealand. With its beautiful blue shimmer, golden face and rainbow tones throughout its fin, I can say without doubt it was one fish that never stuck around long in our shop and for good reason.

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Firemouth- Thorichthys meeki

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Firemouth- Thorichthys meeki

The Firemouth Cichlid has a pearlescent turquoise-blue body with red colouration edging the scales. The throat and breast are red in colour, ranging from a brick to a fiery red shade. Female Firemouth Cichlids are less brightly coloured than the males with the males also having a sharply pointed dorsal and anal fins. They can be somewhat territorial, especially during spawning and will inflate a throat sac and extend its gill covers during their territorial stance. They require an aquarium of a minimum of 100 litres with a fine sand bottom for burrowing and plenty of open swimming room. If...

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