The Electric Blue Ramirezi Cichlid (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi “Electric Blue”) is a very beautiful, tank-raised variant of its species. This particular variant is known for the incredible neon blue coloration that covers almost its entire body in both males and females Ramirezi and other dwarf cichlids are very popular among aquarists due to their vivid coloration, small size, and interesting personalities. Dwarf cichlids are much less aggressive than most larger cichlids.
The Electric Blue Ramirezi 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 Electric Blue Ramirezi Cichlid, but more durable, larger shrimp and snails could possibly make good tank mates in a large enough aquarium. If spawning is desired, tank mates of other species should be kept to a minimum or avoided altogether.
Feeding is simple for the unfussy Electric Blue Ramirezi Cichlid. High-quality dry, frozen, and live meaty foods will all be readily accepted. Quality and variety are the keys to a diet that will ensure that this fish maintains optimal health and coloration.
What We Like About This Fish:
- Beautiful neon blue coloration across most of the body in both males and females
- Hardy with plenty of personality
- Possible to breed in the aquarium
- Compatible with many other species in a spacious tank
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
Temperature: 78.8° - 86° F (26° - 30° C), although 82°+ F (28°+ C) is optimal
pH: 6.0 - 7.5, tank-raised specimens are more flexible regarding pH level
KH: 0 - 10 KH
Minimum tank size: 20-30 gallons for a small group, but a larger aquarium should be used for a community of several species
Diet: Carnivorous. A variety of high-quality dry, frozen, and live meaty foods is necessary for optimal health and coloration.
Social behaviour: Congregates loosely in groups. Males can be territorial when attempting to spawn and females are very protective of their eggs during spawning.