Adult Size: “3”
Minimum Tank Volume: 70 litres
Temperature: 79-86°F (26-30°C)
Ideal pH: 5.5 – 7.2
Diet: Omnivore leaning towards carnivorous.
Lifespan: to 7 years
The Rams is a beautiful, peaceful little cichlid from south America. Both sexes develop a rainbow of beautiful colours as they mature.
What do Rams eat?
Rams fare best on a mixed diet with emphasis on live and frozen foods such as blood worm and daphnia. They are often not fussy though and will also feed on flakes and small sinking granules.
What decoration is best?
Rams are a peaceful fish and benefit from areas of shade in the tank. This is best provided by broad leaf plants such as Amazon Swords and umbrella fern. Small caves are also favoured by these fish. As for other South American species, bogwood is a great addition to the Ram aquarium. It will provide hiding places and slightly soften and acidify the water.
What fish make good tank mates for Rams?
Rams fare best with similar sized fish that like acidic to neutral water. Tetras, chocolate gouramis and corydoras catfish are all great choices. Avoid keeping Rams with Large boisterous fish like Silver Sharks as the constant movement will stress them.
How do I look after the tank?
Rams, like most fish, thrive in consistent conditions and for this reason it is never a good idea to change all of the aquarium water at once. Change 10 – 25% of the water every week using a siphon to remove debris from the gravel. This is also a good time to perform maintenance on your filter. Always clean filter sponges in water that you have removed from the aquarium and not tap water. This is because the sponges provide a home to countless good bacteria that help to maintain your tank and the chlorine in tap water would kill them.
Before adding clean water to the aquarium always add the correct amount of dechlorinator and a bacteria starter.