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Balloon Black Ram

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Tank Level:


Minimum Tank Size:

10 Gallons (for one);    

30 Gallons (for group)




6.0 - 7.5

General water hardness:

0 - 10 dH


 78.8° - 86° F (26° - 30° C), although 82°+ F (28°+ C) is optimal




The German Black Ram Cichlid (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi “German Black”) is a very new and very rare variant of its species. This particular variant is known for the much higher amount of black coloration that is displayed in both males and females. Rams and other dwarf cichlids are very popular among aquarists due to their vivid coloration, small size, and interesting personalities. Most dwarf cichlids are much less aggressive than most larger cichlids. The German Black Ram Cichlid is not known to breed true, and is initially more delicate and reportedly somewhat more aggressive than most other color varieties of its species. These factors are all contributors to its rarity. This listing is for a "Balloon" Black Ram; these rams are rarer and have shorter, rounder bodies than regular Black Rams.

The German Black Ram Cichlid will thrive in an aquarium with a sandy substrate and plenty of refuge such as clay pots, driftwood, and rock formations. It is an excellent candidate for the planted aquarium, but it also needs a fair amount of open space. This cichlid is generally compatible with other peaceful fish as long as it has plenty of space. Territoriality is typically at its peak during spawning.  Dwarf shrimp and other small, delicate invertebrates should not be kept with the German Black Ram Cichlid, but more durable, larger shrimp and snails could possibly make good tankmates in a large enough aquarium. If spawning is desired, tankmates of other species should be kept to a minimum or avoided altogether.

PLEASE NOTE:  The German Black Ram Cichlid can sometimes be sensitive to water parameter changes, so we recommend only adding these fish to an established aquarium, and if possible, using the drip method for acclimation

(These fish have been bred locally!)


Please Note: Due to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image provided. Approximate size range may also vary between individual specimen.