Ram / Butterfly Cichlid

Ram / Butterfly Cichlid  barb

Behaviour: Behaviour Peaceful, territorial, pair forming
Typical size: 4cm 
Max size: 4cm 
Tank Area: Tank Area Bottom, middle
Min Tank Size: 60cm
Temp Min: 25℃ Max: 30℃ 
Feeding: Feeding flake, frozen foods
pH Range: pH 5-7.5
Hardness: vs,s,m

Rams are an instantly attractive fish to many fishkeepers although success often depends on the correct environment and good quality stock. Specimens which have been heavily captive bred or inbred are often weaker and may show physical deformities. Provide a soft water environment and plenty of areas to explore around the lower levels, heavily vegetated areas will be appreciated. A number of bred forms are available including a golden colour and a long finned variety. The fish are sensitive to water fluctuations and chemicals. Rams will pair easily and you can often pick a pair from a shop sales tank. Under the right conditions Rams will breed easily. A beautiful aquarium fish if kept with care.

Family Cichlidae (Cichlids) | Synonyms Papiliochromis ramirezi, Papiliochromis ramirezi, Microgeophagus ramirezi | Other names Butterfly Cichlid, Ramirezi, Butterfly Ram | Origin South America; Orinoco River Basin | Breeding Pairs form and defend territories, eggs are laid on objects or in caves or dug out pits. Female cares for eggs and young | Natural Water Conditions pH 5-6, very soft to soft | Natural Habitat Vegetated areas, river banks | Sexing Females are shorter with a reddish belly. Males are larger and have a longer dorsal fin and pronounced second dorsal ray