Ram cichlid: keeping and breeding at the tank

Ram cichlid (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi) is a small, good looking, peaceful fish.

Although it was discovered 30 years later than it’s relative bolivian ram (Mikrogeophagus altispinosus) but it is a butterfly cichlid that is widely known and sold.

Though, both these cichlids are dwarf ones, the blue ram is smaller in size then the bolivian ram and it growth up to 5 cm of body length. In the wild this fish is a bit larger – about 7 cm in length.

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Cockatoo Cichlid (Apistogramma cacatuoides)

The сockatoo сichlid (Apistogramma cacatuoides) is one of the easiest dwarf cichlids to keep, however it’s not the most spread one among the aquarists.

It’s difficult to tell why it happened so, – possibly it’s the order of the day now or it’s about the fact that this fish is higher priced. But it is likely to be about the cockatoo cichlid fry color which is inconspicuous and which doesn’t hit the eye considering all the motley of the market.

Just like all cockatoo dwarf cichlids the cacatuoides is good for community tank. The fish is small in size and it’s not an aggressive one so it even can be kept together with small tetras (Characinidae).

Then again it’s a cichlid after all and still it will hunt fry and small prawns, therefore it’s better not to keep them together.
cockatoo dwarf cichlid

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