Size: up to 3" pH: 6.5 7.5 kH: 0 to 10 Temp: 72 - 79 F
Origin: Bolivia, Brazil, South America
Price: only around $ 5 or $6 !!!
Extremely peaceful, small omnivore, that's ideal for any community tank. Not nearly as difficult to care for or ship as the Dwarf Blue or Dwarf Gold Rams are. This super hardy ram is a best bet for even the beginning fish keeper. The male (pictured above) can show quite the display of color, the female is usually drab. These Rams require a well-planted tank. Bolivian Rams are very faithful to each other once paired off, but just because you have 1 male and 1 female does NOT mean they will like each other and pair off, you should offer them other potential candidates to choose from.
Chris blue rams are Microgeophagus ramerizi
Bolivian rams which Isabella is talking about are Microgeophagus Altispinosa
The blue ram usually gets to about 2.5 inches and is smaller than The Bolivian rams. Blue rams are also harder to acclimate and breed than the Bolivian.
Heres info on blue rams
Bolivian rams can get up to 4inches.
Have had both and they are beautiful but demanding little fish.
Carol, I am getting the German Blue Ram (3 of them - as you've seen in my "fish List" before). I think it is equally - if not even more - beautiful than the Bolivian Ram, plus it's smaller - which is good because I don't want to overstock. But taking into account that the German Blue Ram is so delicate and sensitive, do you think it will withstand acclimatization in my 75 gallon planted tank? As you already know, it won't be overstocked, it'll have a lot of hiding spots (all the plants), I expect nitrate to be very low or at 0 at all times (though I've been recommended on Plant Geek to have between 5 - 20 ppm of nitrate because plants need it), and I assume my pH will range anywhere from 6.8 to 7.2 - this is what I've had with my tap water so far. Given these conditions, is there a change the Rams will do well in my tank?
I had a pair of them until my female died yesterday, they a wonderful fish to keep, a joy to watch and so much character!
I would love to get another female to cheer my male up a bit....However, they appear to be quite difficult to find where I live. I have seen quite a few Dwarf Golden rams and several Blues, but only once have I seen Bolivian rams for sale and at £14.50 each, they were a bit expensive for me