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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william mayer - 2011-03-01
Hi Iam interested in breeding some ram cichlids, I'm gonna start out with 6 or more juveniles, can I choose any species to breed together, or would I have to get 6 or more the same species like gold ram dwarf cichlid or blue ram dwarf cichlid, write back asap? Thanks, will.

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  • Jeff Damal - 2011-06-05
    Always breed with the same species. There are subtle differences between the species and although they can be kept together, the best successes will always be with those of the same. Rams like high acid and higher than normal temperatures. I find that less light, and either a large tank or species specific tank will help. If there are other more aggressive tankmates they may be too bewildered to breed or if they do the chances of eggs being eaten are much greater than say, if it is a species specific tank where each pair has a set territory that they establish. I do about 20% water changes about every 10-15 days with water that has been soaking in oak leaves. They also LOVE blood worms and if they get a variety of food that they like they will also find time to become "amorous" when not sated. Look for the Females belly to get larger. If they eat the eggs after the first time do not be discouraged. Just do the water change, watch the pH and they will lay eggs fairly regular, about every month. I also feed mine small earthworms, some brine, and any errant houseflies, caterpillars or spiders that happen. It's fun to watch them tear them apart! You sure can tell they are cichlids! Good Luck!
    jeff
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megan - 2010-04-22
I have a german blue ram and and paradise gourami in my tank. I think the gourami is bullying the ram. Should I get another ram or take the gourami back?

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  • Koichi - 2010-05-18
    In my opinion I would take the gourami back. Although its pretty much up to you. I'd pay attention to see if the gourami attacks other fish as well. Although classified as non aggressive they can be territorial, (at least in my experience.) Plus I'm a fan of the rams head.
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Kurt van Wyk - 2008-08-15
I have a pair of these beautiful little guys and they really bring some colour and attitude into any aquarium. They're hardier than other amazon fish as well.

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