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Bolivian Ram (Mikrogeophagus Altispinosus)

Imported 

Endemic Location: Amazon River Basin

Climate: Tropical

Maximum Size: 8.9cm (3.5 inches)

Temperament: Peaceful

Diet: Omnivore

Breeding: Easy

Temperature Range: 22 – 26℃ (72 – 79℉)

Preferred pH Range: 6.0 – 7.0

Minimum Aquarium Size: 114 L (30 gallons)

Potential Tankmates: Rummy-nose Tetra, Guppies, Cory Catfish

Care Level: Beginner

Bolivian Rams have a unique swimming pattern, moving for a few strokes and then stopping suddenly. This will happen over and over again, so they can sieve through the substrate to feed.

As omnivores, they are an easy to feed species. In the wild, the bulk of their diet consists of plant matter and various seeds. They will also consume tiny organisms, and from time to time, feed on insects or plants on the water surface. Bolivian Rams are one of the best community fish, and a peaceful tankmate. They are not shoaling fish but will enjoy having company. Choose fish of a similar size to avoid them becoming snacks for their neighbours. Throughout the day, they will swim around in open spaces. Exploring hiding spots or looking for food in the substrate.

They will try to disturb the substrate as little as possible when on their quest for food. The unique swimming habit comes in handy here. Swimming, in short, quick bursts. They kick up substrate for sifting. Unlike other fish who will dig in the substrate, it is an intriguing display to watch. You will need to use a fine sand substrate for Bolivian Rams to avoid injuries. Use driftwood to provide hiding holes if this fish feels threatened. If you have a planted aquarium, makes sure there is enough space for these fish to swim around.

Bolivian Rams have elongated oval bodies, with several subtle physical details. They have muted body colours, usually with a base of tan or silver, complemented by yellow hues towards the belly. It is a straightforward process to breed Bolivian Rams. They need plenty of space to move around. In a breeding tank, females will start the process by looking for a flat rock or cave to lay their eggs. The male will then come along and fertilise them externally. The pair together will guard the area. Once the eggs hatch, they will become protective of their fry. Even putting them in their mouths to transport them or attempt to camouflage the babies. When the fry can swim freely, the parents will lead them in groups to find food. It is interesting behaviour to witness!

All our fish are quarantined on arrival for two weeks. During this time, they are treated for any possible diseases and given a complete health check  to make sure they are health, happy and eating well before being placed in our display aquariums, ready for sale.

Dead on Arrival (DOA) Policy: In the unfortunate event that your fish arrives dead, please follow these steps: Within 12 hours of the delivery, take clear, unopened bag pictures showing the deceased fish. Send these photographs and your order number to our customer service email at getfish@thefishroom.co.nz or to our Facebook page and we will then offer a refund or store credit for the cost of the fish. 

Two-Week Guarantee Policy: We stand behind the health and quality of our fish, which is why we offer a two-week guarantee starting from the day of delivery. If your fish dies within this time frame, adhere to the following procedure: Take clear photos of the deceased fish. Using a reliable test kit, document via a dated photo, water parameters (pH, ammonia, nitrate, nitrite levels). Please email us the photographs, water parameters, and order number to getfish@thefishroom.co.nz or our Facebook page. After reviewing your claim, if approved, we will issue a store credit for the cost of the fish. Our two-week guarantee does not cover fish deaths due to unsuitable water conditions, incompatible tank mates or “disasters” i.e. a heater overheating. We recommend thoroughly researching each fish species' needs before introducing them to your aquarium to prevent such situations. 

 Freight Charges: Please note that shipping or freight charges are non-refundable under all circumstances. We hope this guide makes our refund and guarantee process more understandable. If you have any questions or need further clarification, please get in touch with us at getfish@thefishroom.co.nz. We are always happy to assist. Thank you for choosing The Fish Room. Happy fish keeping! 

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Della Millar
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Love these guys arrived safe and sound
Thank you