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Bolivian Ram (
22 - 26 C
A lot of personality, Does great with larger more aggressive fish. One of the toughest fish I've ever kept, Harder to breed than the smaller blue rams
This is my absolute favorite freshwater fish. they'll stay on bottom half of tank. if you have the room purchase 4-6 of them, instead of trying to pair them up. ive had no problem breeding them that way. theyre a bit prone to camallanus worms as theyre constantly feeding from the substrate. otherwise theyre extremely hardy fish. very comical in groups. they associate the owner with food which makes them quite social.
Planted Tank Enthusiast
I have 4-5 of these guys in my 125g planted tank with my German Blues and Golden Rams. They arent as impressive to me as the other rams, but they still scoot around near the bottom picking up anything my other greedy fish might have missed. In that respect, they are a pretty good cleanup crew. They arent quite as colorful as the German Blue, and about twice as big. I'd consider them to be the "poor man's" German Blue. If you have your choice, I'd recommend a German Blue over the Bolivians, but they are still an enteraining little fish if your options are limited.
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Awesome fish, fairly hardy. IME they have a much better chance at survival than German Blue Rams. Will get aggressive (chasing and nipping) with tank mates during breeding and meal times. Peaceful, personable fish the majority of time. Pretty hard to sex juveniles and less dominant males can often appear to be females.
Great Fish always thought they were the blue rams ugly brother but saw some recently and they were beauties and preity big great fish!! with personality great with sand or very fine gravel (1,2mm) as they love to sift it in a Non Destructive way
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Got one of these from my friend, he had been feeding it flakes his whole life, once I got him I switched him to brine shrimp and bloodworms and his color went crazy, was totally drab before but now he's very colorful, moral of this story: Don't feed your fish crap!
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One of my favorite fish! Very personable and a great addition to a planted tank!
interesting little guys, they scoot around and then sometimes with suck up some gravel and filter some food out from it. verry interesting. the will get somewhat nippy, and i keep them in a ten gallon with not much of a problem, just a bit of nippiness and chasing.
I like both this and ramirezi. What this doesn't have in looks it makes up for in tolerance of adverse conditions. And it's not bad looking: I like the red line along the dorsal and caudal more than I do with the ramirez, and under the right light there's a beautiful pale blue in the ventral fins.
Incredibly beautiful! They don't call these Butterfly Rams for nothing! IME their colors pop more in shadier areas of the tank. When I first got my bolivian ram, it would always chase after the peppered cories, but it's since calmed down. Also, as it matured, the ends of the caudal fin has becomed longer and more pink. It does like planted tanks and doesn't bother any other fish (except for when I first got it). Their mouths are always in a "u" shape so it looks like they're always smiling at you "c:" These fish are incredibly amazing, very peaceful, and not shy at all. They can handle a bit of chasing (my gourami used to chase my ram, but I gave my gourami away). I honestly wish I got more than one :c
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