I found out this weekend I have two Bolivian rams and one German blue ram. Thanks for reading and good luck with your freshwater aquarium hobby! I am really keen to add a pair of German blue rams to my tank. Clown loaches are a social fish that need to be kept in groups and eventually grow large. The fish will also need a few caves to seek shelter in. Males will become territorial and/or aggressive when kept together in too small of a tank. Its entirely possible to keep more than one German blue ram male in the same tank, provided the aquarium is large enough (at least a 40-gallon size, but preferably bigger) for each one to have his own area. When they arrive in a new aquarium, it is not unusual for them to lose their appetite and become really finicky. Today, I added a cory to my tank and the cory and ram seems to stick together since. Now that you know it’s best to keep German blue rams in pairs, let’s explore this topic further. They’re a type of dwarf cichlid fish and as such, aren’t the hardiest nor ideal for beginner aquarium hobbyists. German blue rams should in most cases not be kept in aquariums smaller than 75 L (20 gallons). My KH is low as well (that is why the PH is low, it is 8.0 out the tap but drifts and has stayed there for atleast 6 months). A pair of rams can live in a 20-gallon community tank or in a 10-gallon breeding tank with no other fish. Bolivian rams prefer cooler temps and won't do well over 80 degrees. GERMAN BLUE RAMS- I miss my German Blue Rams. German blue rams practice biparental brood care, with both parents working together to care for the eggs as well as guard the breeding territory. The German blue ram lives in the Orinoco River basin, in Los llanos of Venezuela and Colombia. Betta fish can sometimes be kept with german blue rams but that does not always work and I do not recommend that you try unless your aquarium is at least 150 L (40 gallons). If not i would like to get a male and female of each. If it continues to happen, then it’s likely the result of distress within the aquarium environment. A black vertical line runs across the eye and red patch around it. Ensuring your tank is large enough with plenty of hiding places for cover should help keep tension levels at bay. German Blue rams do not need to be in groups, but more of pairs. The scientific name of the German blue ram is Mikrogeophagus ramirezi. German blue rams can reach sexual maturity at a fairly young age; sometimes the fish is no older than 4-6 months. Current inhabitants: 4 zebra danios (very old) 5 pentazona barbs 7 corydoras trilineatus 17 cardinal tetras 1 zebra nerite snail This tank is using pressurised Co2 injection and I use RO water on it which I remineralise to approximately KH 4 and GH 10. In specimens with pale bars, the second bar on the flank can look more like a single black spot than one of several bars. I’ll explain why they need others of their kind in a captive environment, whether or not they can be kept with other species of cichlid fish, and which aquatic creatures make the best tankmates. The blue ram cichlid or otherwise commonly known as the butterfly cichlid is another of the beautiful dwarf cichlids often desired by the aquarist. A fish that live in suboptimal conditions will not love as long as a fish that is kept in perfect conditions. Try to coax them into eating by giving them really tasty morsels like frozen or live mosquito larvae or similar. These dwarf cichlids are among the few cichlids that do well in a community tank, and a bonded pair … They might, for instance, eat a few batches before they become good parents. Lastly, my PH is low, around 5.5. Some pairs prefer to dig small pits in the gravel and use as breeding sites instead or in combination with stones. If i was to get 1 male of each will that pose a problem? German blue rams should be kept in an aquarium that is at least 29 gallons (110 litres), and this will allow for a bonded male and female to be comfortably kept together. my blue ram is kept in a pH of 7.0. The water is soft and acidic with a pH-value around 5. You can keep your rams with moderately aggressive top dwelling fish such as pearl gouramis and dwarf gourami. German blue ram with one-week-old fry Picture by fishalicious. They should always be kept in a planted tank. Juvenile German Blue Ram – 6 months old Picture by fishalicious. Don’t lose heart if the first few spawnings are unsuccessful. German blue rams should in most cases not be kept in aquariums smaller than 75 L (20 gallons). This allows you to find a good local breeder from whom you can buy the fish. The eggs are 0.9-1.5 mm in length (0.035-0.059 inches). Lastly, this guide talks specifically about German Blue Rams but most of this information is true for Electric Blue Rams, Golden Rams and Balloon Belly Rams. Don’t forget that German blue rams will become more aggressive than normally during the breeding period.