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Ram - Gold Head Neon Blue - Various (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi)

Ram - Gold Head Neon Blue - Various (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi)

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Neon blue rams should not be placed in newly set up aquariums; they need a stable environment with low levels of organic waste. Successful keeping normally includes mechanical and biological filtration as well as regular water changes. Strong water movement will not be appreciated because wild ram cichlids live in slow-flowing waters.

The normal temperature range for wild ram cichlids is 78° to 85°F, and the water in which they live is soft and acidic. A pH value in the 5 to 6 range is ideal for electric blue rams, but aquarium-raised specimens normally adapt to anything below pH 7.1. There are even reports of aquarists successfully housing German blue rams in moderately hard water, so this might be possible for electric blue rams as well.

Feeding an Electric Blue Ram

The electric blue ram is an omnivore and needs to be kept on a diet of both meaty and green foods. The stress of being moved to a new environment can make the fish lose its appetite, so be prepared to coax it with mosquito larvae or similar foods. Once it’s eating enough, you can start introducing other types of food, such as flakes and pellets, as well. A well-acclimated electric blue ram normally accepts many different types of food.

Keep an eye on the fish during feeding time. As I mentioned, electric blue rams are a bit slow-moving and may starve if kept with faster-moving species.

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Blue
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 72-79° F, KH 0-10, pH 6.5-7.5
Max. Size 2½"
Origin Captive-Bred
Family Cichlidae
Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons
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