Mikrogeophagus altispinosus
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Mikrogeophagus altispinosus

Common Names: Bolivian Butterfly
Bolivian Ram
Clown Ruby Cichlid
Ruby Cichlid
Synonyms: Crenicara altispinosa
Microgeophagus altispinosus
Papiliochromis altispinosus
Family: Cichlidae
Category: Cichlids
Distribution: America - South; Bolivia, South America.
Main Ecosystem: River; River
Temperament: Peaceful; Usually peaceful, but territoral while breeding. Tend to leave other fish alone.
Diet: Ominvore; Ominvore
Care: Feed flakes, and frozen/live foods. Bolivian rams are not picky eaters, and have big appetites.
6.5 - 7.6
22°C - 26°C
72°F - 79°F
8 dH - 12 dH
Potential Size: Male: 10.2cm (4")
Female: 8.9cm (3.5")
Water Region: Middle, Bottom; Middle-Bottom
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Hard to tell. Males usually have longer filaments on their fins.Also females have more red in their abdominals.
Breeding: Condition with lots of live foods, and have a flat object for them to lay eggs on. Bolivian rams take a while to begin breeding, but are quite prolific once they start. A pH of 7 works best.
Comments: The Bolivian Ram takes one to two years to fully mature. They are often confused with the German Blue Ram (M. ramirezi). Tend to be less colorful with stronger markings, but an easier alternative to the blue ram.
Main Colours: Yellow, Purple, Grey
Markings: Striped And Spotted
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Flat
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Submitted By: Adam
Contributors: stripedcichlid, nlp
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