Golden Ram Dwarf Cichlid
Mikrogeophagus ramirezi sp. gold
Native Location: Not found in nature
Maximum Size: 6cm
Temperament: Community with caution
Temperature Range: 25.5-29℃ (78-85℉)
Preferred pH Range: 5.2 - 6.7
Minimum Aquarium: 75 litres minimum for a pair or small group
Tankmates: Rummynose Tetras, corydoras and Cardinal Tetras.
Care Level: Moderate
Mikrogeophagus ramirezi is the name given to the popular German Blue Ram. However, there are a few other ‘strains’ available to us through selective breeding. While we all can agree they are not a naturally occurring species, they are not hybrids and by all accounts, Ram Cichlids are all the same. With all the features of their ancestors, including the pattern, behaviour and requirements, the Golden Ram does however have a slightly more sensitive nature and is more susceptible to changes in their environment.
The ideal setup should be an established aquarium with a soft sandy substrate which will allow for natural substrate sifting. The addition of wood can help to create hiding places which is a good idea if breeding is the goal. Adding stem aquatic plants will improve the look of the aquarium and also create amazing contrast between fish and foliage.
Unlike the original Blue Ram, the Golden Ram is sensitive to fluctuating water conditions. For this reason, we would advise adding them to a mature and stable aquarium is a must. The addition of some leaf litter, which will release tannin into the aquarium, will help to maintain a healthy environment.
Breeding the Golden ram is no different to the Blue Ram. Ideally providing 3 females to a single male in a dedicated breeder tank is best. The females will become full of eggs and their stomachs should show a slight red/pink glow. You will see both male and female spawn. The female will lay the eggs and the male will then fertilise them. Both parents will care for the eggs and fry until the young fish are free-swimming and large enough to do their own thing.
All our fish are quarantined on arrival for two weeks. During this time, we treat for any health issues that may occur during transport and ensure each fish is eating well and looking healthy. All fish are treated with Flubendazole before finally going on sale.