Gold Ram
Mikrogeophagus ramirezi

Care Level



Fore Ground



Reef Compatible


Plant Safe


Max Size

2 - 5

Minimum Tank Size



Black, Red, Gold, White



Water Conditions

72-79° F, KH 0-10, pH 6.5-7.5


General: The gold ram is a colorful, South American dwarf cichlid. The gold ram will reach a length of three inches and live up to five years in captivity. As an individual, the gold ram may only require an aquarium of twenty gallons. As a pair, the gold ram should be kept in twenty-nine gallons or more. The mated pair will become defensive, as they will lay eggs in a protective site and guard them. This species is recommended more for advanced aquarists due to its water quality requirements.

Dimorphism: The gold ram male will develop elongated dorsal, pelvic, and anal fins. The female will retain her short, round fins. The male will also produce a brighter coloration once mature. The female will develop a purple patch towards the back half of the gill cover.

Fecundity: The gold ram may produce up to 250 eggs per clutch. In order to encourage reproductive behaviors, it is best to mimic the natural environment of that particular species. An acidic pH, soft water hardness, caves made of porous rock, and a well-balanced omnivorous diet will promote the production of viable offspring.

Water Chemistry: 72-79° F, KH 0-10, pH 6.5-7.5.

Aquarium Diet: Gold ram cichlids will accept brine shrimp, baby brine shrimp, blackworms, omnivore pellets, and spirulina.

Compatibility: The gold ram is typically compatible with danio species, peaceful tetras such as the cardinal tetra (Paracheirodon axelrodi) or black neon tetra (Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi), rasboras such as the harlequin rasbora (Trigonostigma heteromorpha), pencilfish (Nannostomus sp.), common hatchetfish (Gasteropelecus sternicla) and Corydoras species.

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Author: Grant Stevens