Acquired: Fish / pet store
Auckland, New Zealand
Posted Nov 07, 2015
Bolivian Ram Mikrogeophagus altispinosus.
Relatively easy to keep Ram variety compared to some other varieties that can be very particular about water parameters. Lower region dwelling Tropical Fish, Size 8cm, Temps 25-27.c. Will prefer Soft acidic water, with bog/driftwood/Planted aquariums. May eat vegetation but does not cause too much damage to a well planted aquarium. Likes to have rock caves to dwell/breed in. Will breed openly in a community tank, however can become aggressive towards other tank mates while breeding and will be best to house separately for breeding. If keeping 2 males together be sure to have a large footprint for your tank and plenty of hiding places. Not overly fussy with food, accepts bloodworms, flakes, sinking bottom dweller pellets, brine shrimp. Can be very colourful or dull depending on environment and breeding displays. 2 males kept together tend to be quite dull. A good fish to keep as a lone fish or in small group 4-5 while young, min 200(L). Remove any pairs from a community tank once a pair have shown signs of spawning. Once you can be certain you have a male and female, they will usually clean and defend an area of the tank near the cave or in their cave ready to lay eggs. You can then proceed to breed in a separate tank with your known pair. Parents will co-raise the fry, however if either parent shows aggression, remove offending fish from tank. Solo males can be very interactive at times and very active at feeding time. Difficulty 5/10.