There are many dwarf cichlids from South America but few as beautiful and striking as the Electric Blue German Ram
, which is found in Bolivia, Columbia and Venezuela. It is known that some of the first Blue Rams were exported to Germany during the late 1940s. These beauties sport a gorgeous blue coloration much like Pinoy Koi Angelfish
Known by numerous common names such as Ramirez’ dwarf cichlid
or the Dwarf butterfly this species is popular among hobbyists because it is a great community fish. While this fish is shy providing tank mates like tetras or similar fish which will create movement and activity. M. ramirezi is fussy over water chemistry such as soft water and they are also intolerant of nitrates.
At full size males may reach 3 inches in length with females remaining slightly smaller. Like most cichlids Electric Blue Rams eat just about all aquarium and freeze dried foods. Like all biparental substratum spawners these cichlids lay their eggs on a hard surface and both parents look after their brood. If you are looking for a small cichlid which is shy but has gorgeous color consider Electric Blue German Rams.