Bolivian Ram Care Guide

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Bolivian Ram
(Mikrogeophagus altispinosus)

Common names:
Bolivian ram, Altispinosa, Bolivian ramirezi, Clown ruby barb.

Size: 8-10cm

pH: 6.5-7.5

Tempº: 22ºC - 26ºC

Tank region: Middle-bottom layer

Origin: Bolivia and Brazil

Gender: Mature males are more colorful. Females tend to have pink on their belly.

Notes: These wonderful cichlids are a good alternative to German blue rams, as they are not nearly as delicate and, when properly cared for, their colour can even rival that of the German blue. Ideally, they should be kept in a well planted, well established aquarium.

They can be kept in pairs, or groups. As they get older, they will pair off. This fish is peaceful to other fish, but is territorial with its own kind. It is good to use some sort of dither fish like Neon tetras with the Bolivian ramirezi. It is sometimes sold by the made up name ‘Clown ruby barb’.

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