Animal Stories - Ram Cichlid

Animal-World Information about: Ram Cichlid

The Ram Cichlid is known as being one of the best "beginner" cichlids in the hobby due to its ease of maintanence, beautiful colors, and peaceful nature
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Gary Dauphin - 2016-08-07
These cichlids only do well in beginner / community tanks if you place them in a male/female pair. Left alone, they are typically as aggressive as other cichlids are.

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  • Megan - 2018-01-03
    That is usually correct... however I have a German blue ram male and a gold ram male that I jokingly call my mated pair. They are inseperable and share territory, swimming and sleeping side by side. Its a community tank with tetras, gouramis, rainbowfish and pencil fish plus corys and dwarf plecos. Its a 55 gallon. We have a gold ram that was too aggressive once they became best friends and decided the whole tank was theirs and we had to place him another one of our tanks. Prior to them pairing up all three had their own sections of the tank. And yes in sure they are both males. The gbr had a female that passed away. And we have had rams for years and can sex them. They are both adult and male. Anyways, I always find it funny to tells people about my mated male pain of rams because it us uncommon and it is also so cute
  • wayne ward - 2018-03-19
    I had a German Blue Ram and a Golden Ram mate in my community take, all on their own. Unfortunately, I wasn't aware of it until I started cleaning the tank one day. I couldn't figure out why the rams were attacking my siphon tube until I saw the small fry.
Rakesh M Patel - 2016-05-25
My Rama fish fight with eachothers and attacking on shrimps....

Ryan Gray - 2016-01-30
I see Animal-World use the term 'bi-weekly' often. Do you mean twice per week or once every fortnight? I am referring to the water changes. 

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  • Clarice Brough - 2016-02-09
    The term bi-weekly (can also be spelled as biweekly) means happening every two weeks. So do water changes every other week.
  • Dan - 2016-03-09
    Biweekly means once every two weeks. Semiweekly means twice a week. I try to change the water once a week. Once every two weeks at the most. This depends in part on your nitrate levels. You want to keep them as low as possible. If your nitrates get above 20 ppm in one week, I suggest changing your water (50%) once a week.
Jason - 2010-07-20
My blue ram recently developed a white patch over his eye, that almost looks like he was bitten, but he shares his tank with only one other smaller ram and a cory cat. I just noticed today that he now has another white patch just above the first one on the opposite side of his face. I am trying to find out what this could be? The water temperature is perfect and water is maintained well. If anybody can tell me what this could be and how I can treat it that would be greatly appreciated. The white patches look like there indenting into his face. I have never seen anything like it, but this is my first experience with the blue ram. Please respond ASAP! I don't want this little beauty to die. Thanks!

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  • david - 2011-06-12
    You say you have two Rams. Are they both male. During the breeding season in the wild the males compete with each other for territory. The smaller one might have caused the marks. The best thing you can do is to isolate the injured Ram to another tank and treat with Melafix, available at most pet stores. Hope this helps.
  • :) - 2011-09-06
    that white patch is called ICK hard to get rid of!
  • lejm - 2011-10-18
    My ram died because of this bloody merky eye... ;-S I didn't find a cure ;S
  • Alonzo T. Fells II - 2012-04-16
    This happen to mine longfin blackskirt tetra but it was black and white patches. So at first I thought it was fight between mine rams and blackskirts but the patch appear when I was watching him so it must have been ich we tried every treatment but the poor boy died a week later it was mine favorite becoz it looked astonishing(third to rams and congos)
  • ste dolan - 2015-06-22
    dont forget the blue ramz are relentlessly bred over and over. ther imune systems are crap. iav never found them to live more than a few months. its down the strain of fish, thers no wild caught fish gettin bread in with them to keep the hardy genes and wild blood in the strain. most of them stay very small and dont live long. the electric ballon ramz are one of the worst. its cruel buyin them. and a wast of money. ramirezi i found are brilliant even the ballon variety. golds are always hit and miss. never known them to live more than a few months old.
  • ste dolan - 2015-06-22
    the little ramz are bred so relentlessly they have no imune system any more. the normal faze are the hardy ones. the blues only live a few months. they need to introduce some wild cort fish into the market to harden up the genes of this little fish
Jamie - 2014-02-01
I bought 2 German blue rams and was told they were a male and female. Turns out they are both female. Can I introduce a male?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-01
    See the 'Social Behaviors' section above, as it gives a pretty overview of this question, partially it's dependent on your tank size.
  • ste dolan - 2015-06-22
    the rams are fine to add at different times, its after the breeding you may need to remove the parents.
Jay - 2014-10-08
Hi, I have a 35 gallon tank and planning to have an angelfish, 1 gbr, 1 apistos and 1 bolivian ram. Is it possible?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-09
    That should be a great mix, just make sure you have a nice decor that offers plenty of  hiding places; rocks, driftwood, and plants all work well.
HAmza ahmed - 2014-09-29
My fishes are dying my tiger barb just died today and my other tiger barb have white spots on her fins and I don't have a ich water conditioner Help

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-29
    Start with a partial water change, and then see the ich info here: fish diseases and treatments for ways you can treat ich.
Glenn - 2014-09-19
Hi iv just set up a 140l tank for rams I have 3 German blues 2 electric blues and 2 golden does anyone no if they will inter breed ?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-19
    I'm not sure if they will breed, but my guess is yes they can, because same species can breed.
Ashley Stewart - 2013-12-04
I have a 36 gallon tank that we are starting to set up, and I am interested in getting some of many do you suggest? And what kind of tank mates can I put in with it?  Do they get along w/cories?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    As you can see above, the minimum recommended tank size is 10 gallons for one fish, so with a 36 gallon tank you can have 3, maybe 4, and possibly a couple more once the tank is mature(about 6 months to a year). Also see the Social Behaviors section above for compatibility, due to their described nature, I think cories would be fine.
david - 2011-06-12
Are Rams compatible with Heckel Discus, Altum (wild) Angelfish, and Black Ghost Knifefish? How about with Silver Dollars?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-13
    The Knifefish needs a minimum of a 100 gallon tank on his own. They are beautiful but they get huge and he will most likely eat the others.
  • cody - 2013-02-24
    The angel fish isn't recommended but you may try with a knife fish all depends on you tank size to oh and for the discus. Alot of people may tell you to keep them in a single species tank and they need different water phlevels in their tank.