It belongs to the family Cichlidae
Cost: $5-45, usually this fish is on the cheaper end, only the wild, imports cost more.
Trinidad, Panama, Northern Venezuela, Colombia.
A deep body, compressed shape, particularly at the caudal peduncle. Gets up to 6 ¾ inches (17cm) long.
At spawning time not many fish can beat the magnificent colors of the Blue Acara. It takes on a beautiful iridescence , and anywhere form 6-8 greenish-gold horizontal lines made of spots on it’s sides.
It’s sort of hard to tell the difference but the males have elongated dorsal and anal fins that sometime extend farther then the causal fin itself.
Temperature 72-79 degrees Fahrenheit (22-26 Celsius). Water changes are a must. Change about 1/3 of the water with freshwater frequently. Other the water changes the Ph and Hardness are no to important. Good lighting, needs a heavily planted tank with a deep substrate with plenty of hiding spots among roots and stones. Needs plenty of free swimming space.
Will eat many types of live, and high quality flake and dried foods.
Very peaceful and will leave plants alone.
Sexual maturity and reproduction:
Will reach sexual maturity at a length of 3 inches (7-8cm). A very easy breeder that will spawn many times a year, so in other words like many other cichlids.
Does very well with other cichlids.
Ram (Butterfly Dwarf Cichlid)
Now there are two different types of Ram cichlids available Blue Ram Cichlid and Golden Ram Cichlid. This information below can be used for both.
This cichlid is a delightful dwarf cichlid, that is kept by many aquarists but rarely with much success due to the lack of knowledge to its stringent requirements.
It’s from the pools and streams that are in the Orinoco drainage in Columbia and Venezuela.
Both the males and females get up to 2.5 inches (6.5 cm)
The females will be different in that fact that they have a mauve-pink pink area on the lower flank.
Temperature 77-82 degrees Fahrenheit (25-28 Celsius). The water should be very soft to slightly acid, with a Ph of 6-6.5. These measurements are true for both breeding and long lifespan. Try to avoid having strong currents in the tank. The tank should be well-planted and be decorated with bogwood and caves that are concealed among the decorations.
In the wild the Ram (Butterfly Cichlid) eats mainly aquatic invertebrates, so in captivity the main diet should consist of frozen or live foods.
The Ram (Butterfly Dwarf Cichlid) is a peaceful cichlid even when breeding.
It is possible to breed the ram (butterfly dwarf cichlid), but is rarely achieved due to poor stock and incorrect maintenance.