Animal Stories - Ram Cichlid

Animal-World Information about: Ram Cichlid

The Ram Cichlid is known as being one of the best "beginner" cichlids in the hobby due to its ease of maintanence, beautiful colors, and peaceful nature
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Jay - 2014-10-08
Hi, I have a 35 gallon tank and planning to have an angelfish, 1 gbr, 1 apistos and 1 bolivian ram. Is it possible?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-09
    That should be a great mix, just make sure you have a nice decor that offers plenty of  hiding places; rocks, driftwood, and plants all work well.
HAmza ahmed - 2014-09-29
My fishes are dying my tiger barb just died today and my other tiger barb have white spots on her fins and I don't have a ich water conditioner Help

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-29
    Start with a partial water change, and then see the ich info here: fish diseases and treatments for ways you can treat ich.
Glenn - 2014-09-19
Hi iv just set up a 140l tank for rams I have 3 German blues 2 electric blues and 2 golden does anyone no if they will inter breed ?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-19
    I'm not sure if they will breed, but my guess is yes they can, because same species can breed.
Jamie - 2014-02-01
I bought 2 German blue rams and was told they were a male and female. Turns out they are both female. Can I introduce a male?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-01
    See the 'Social Behaviors' section above, as it gives a pretty overview of this question, partially it's dependent on your tank size.
Ashley Stewart - 2013-12-04
I have a 36 gallon tank that we are starting to set up, and I am interested in getting some of many do you suggest? And what kind of tank mates can I put in with it?  Do they get along w/cories?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    As you can see above, the minimum recommended tank size is 10 gallons for one fish, so with a 36 gallon tank you can have 3, maybe 4, and possibly a couple more once the tank is mature(about 6 months to a year). Also see the Social Behaviors section above for compatibility, due to their described nature, I think cories would be fine.
david - 2011-06-12
Are Rams compatible with Heckel Discus, Altum (wild) Angelfish, and Black Ghost Knifefish? How about with Silver Dollars?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-13
    The Knifefish needs a minimum of a 100 gallon tank on his own. They are beautiful but they get huge and he will most likely eat the others.
  • cody - 2013-02-24
    The angel fish isn't recommended but you may try with a knife fish all depends on you tank size to oh and for the discus. Alot of people may tell you to keep them in a single species tank and they need different water phlevels in their tank.
Rsurita - 2008-11-20
Hi, yesterday a bought a blue ramirezi and a ramirezi but much smaller, but in the pet shop where I bought it they didn't tell me that it was cichlid. I have the ramirezi with different breeds of barbs, like cherry barbs, golden barbs, rosy barbs. Also I have it with an opaline gourami an some kinds of corydoras and some neon cardinals and a hatchet fish. I want to now if both of the ramirezi will eat my other fishes?

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  • diane - 2010-06-28
    The rams will not eat your other fish but your other fish in there are a problem to have with your rams. Although it is a cichlid they are a very "dainty" cichlid and are not usually a problem in community tanks but the tank you have has a lot of aggressive species (like the opaline and the barbs) so you will likely have a problem with your rams not reaching their full colours and being picked on and likely nipped.
  • fish_are_awesome - 2011-10-10
    They should be fine with your fish. Just watch out for your cardinal tetras as they may be eaten. They are food for many fish!
Rory - 2008-01-20
These are brilliant little guys, giving a lot of color and easy to keep. I think they are not too demanding fish and really like betta food and blood worms.

Gorfumbion - 2011-12-13
Can I put a swordtail and a ram cichlid in a ten gallon?

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  • Alex Burleson - 2011-12-13
    Rams, generally require an aquarium with a minimum size of 20 gallons. However, these two species can co-exist relatively well.
Jason - 2010-07-20
My blue ram recently developed a white patch over his eye, that almost looks like he was bitten, but he shares his tank with only one other smaller ram and a cory cat. I just noticed today that he now has another white patch just above the first one on the opposite side of his face. I am trying to find out what this could be? The water temperature is perfect and water is maintained well. If anybody can tell me what this could be and how I can treat it that would be greatly appreciated. The white patches look like there indenting into his face. I have never seen anything like it, but this is my first experience with the blue ram. Please respond ASAP! I don't want this little beauty to die. Thanks!

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  • david - 2011-06-12
    You say you have two Rams. Are they both male. During the breeding season in the wild the males compete with each other for territory. The smaller one might have caused the marks. The best thing you can do is to isolate the injured Ram to another tank and treat with Melafix, available at most pet stores. Hope this helps.
  • :) - 2011-09-06
    that white patch is called ICK hard to get rid of!
  • lejm - 2011-10-18
    My ram died because of this bloody merky eye... ;-S I didn't find a cure ;S
  • Alonzo T. Fells II - 2012-04-16
    This happen to mine longfin blackskirt tetra but it was black and white patches. So at first I thought it was fight between mine rams and blackskirts but the patch appear when I was watching him so it must have been ich we tried every treatment but the poor boy died a week later it was mine favorite becoz it looked astonishing(third to rams and congos)