The Bolivian Ram (Mikrogeophagus altispinosus), also known as Butterfly Ram, Bolivian Butterfly Cichlid, and Ruby Cichlid, is a freshwater fish of the family Cichlidae.
They are native to freshwater streams of Brazil and Bolivia and are most popular among hobbyists due to their striking colors, peaceful nature, and funny swimming behaviors.
They grow to an average length of 3.5 inches and will require a tank of up to 30 gallons for them to thrive. Water temperature should be kept at 74-78°F and the pH at 6.0-7.4.
The tank should be heavily planted with open spaces for swimming and plenty of rocks and driftwood for hiding. Fine sand with some pebbles can be used as a substrate.
The Bolivian Ram is a peaceful fish and will get along with other fish. They are quite shy and will tend to not interact with other tankmates. The Bolivian Ram has an average lifespan of 4 years in captivity.
The Bolivian ram is naturally omnivorous and will appreciate a wide range of foods, plant or meat-based. This makes them very easy to feed.
Most suitable foods for the Bolivian Ram include:
Since the Bolivian Rams are bottom feeders, they should be fed pellets rather than flakes since pellets sink to the base more easily than flakes. Vegetables such as zucchini and cucumber should be added to their meal to achieve a more balanced diet.
Bolivian Rams are great candidates for a community tank. They are peaceful and shy and do not disturb other fish. However, they will tend to mistake smaller fish for food and should therefore be kept with fish of the same size.
Ideal tankmates for the Bolivian Ram include:
Rummy Nose Tetras
Frequently Asked Questions
How big do Bolivian Rams get?
When kept in a properly maintained environment, the Bolivian Ram can reach a length of up to 3.5 inches when fully grown.
Are Bolivian Rams aggressive?
Cichlids are generally known to be the bullies in community tanks but the Bolivian Ram are not one of those fish. They are very peaceful and can live amongst other fish without any trouble.
What fish can be kept with the Bolivian Ram?
The Bolivian Ram is a peaceful fish that will get along with a wide range of other fish species. Their most ideal tankmates are Silver Dollars, Dwarf Gouramis, Rummy Nose Tetras, Emperor Tetras, Corydoras Catfish, Plecostomus, and Guppies.
While this is a rare occurrence, it can and will happen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that every one will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fish arrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag within 2 hours of the delivery time of your fish. We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem.
We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We can replace fish butshipping costs is the responsibilityof the buyer.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures,within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolve the issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
Most Shipments will be 2-day unless otherwise noted. We shipfish on Mondays and Tuesdays only (excluding holidays) to ensure fish arrive before weekends. This allows us to completely prepare the fish for shipping andensure they are healthy prior to arriving at your door. All fish will be shipped with oxygenated water and specific additives in the water to ensurethey maintain their health and stability during shipment. Depending on the species of fish and current weather conditions, the fish may arrive with a heat pack or ice pack to maintain the optimal temperature which further ensures thehealth and safety of your fish. All costs of shipping (postage, packaging,heat/ice packs, etc.) are included in the Shipping fee. We ship to only thecontinental United States and are unable to ship to P.O. boxes, must bephysical address.
"The fish I received do not look like the fish in thepicture. Why is this?"
- We typically take photographs of one or two fish when we initially get them in. Since we have a large quantity of most of the various species of fish, it would be understandably impossible to provide a picture ofevery individual fish with a specific species. For some of our more rare orlarger fish, the picture listed may be the actual fish that you are receiving.If this is the case, it will be designated by ?WYSIWYG?, meaning ?what you see,is what you get?.
"What happens if my fish arrive dead?"
- While this is a rare occurrence, it can and willhappen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that everyone will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fisharrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag.We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem. We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We will reship any replacement fish at the buyer's expense.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures, within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolvethe issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
"What if I'm not home when the fish arrive?"
- We will always provide you with a tracking number. While the fish are packaged to survive about 72+ hours within the shipping containers, we do ask that you make arrangements to arrive home to inspect your fish as soon as possible after they are delivered to your home. Itis always suggested to provide an area for the delivery person to place the boxthat is out of direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
"What do I do with my fish once I've unpacked them?"
- Like you would with any new fish, let the entire bag float in your tank for 15-30 minutes. This allows the temperature withinthe bag to adjust to the same as your tank and will reduce temperature shock onthe fish. After this time, you can add all of the fish and water that is in thebag into your tank. The products used within the water for shipping will notharm any existing fish within your tank and actually makes the transition foryour new fish a bit easier. After this, expect your new fish to take a few daysto become fully adjusted, this includes hiding, floating at the top, sinking tothe bottom, and not eating. After a few days, your new fish should be acting aswimming like they normally would. At this point, enjoy your aquarium!
"I want to return my new fish because x,y,z?"
- Unfortunately, we are unable to accept returns.We do recommend contacting us via email with yourorder number and as much information as possible. We will try to assist you inresolving whatever the issue may be.
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