Fish of the Month
Concern: December 2011
Widespread Names: Altispinosus, Bolivian ram, hifin ram. (Observe than hifin morphs of M. ramierezi are additionally known as hifin rams.) In the identical means that every one Pelvicachromis species are sometimes known as “kribs” (a reputation based mostly on an earlier identify for the unique species within the interest, P.
Sort Locality: Río Mamoré, under mouth of Río Guaporé, San Joaquin, Bolivia
Vary: South America: Amazon River Basin, within the Guaporé River drainage in Brazil and Bolivia, and within the Mamoré River drainage in Bolivia
Taxonomic Troubles: Initially described as Crenicara altispinosa. You might also see it known as Papiliochromis altispinosus or misspelled as Microgeophagus altispinosus. The genus was erected for the 2 ram species, separating them from the genus Apistogramma.
Measurement: eight cm (three inches).
Most well-liked Water Chemistry: Tropical freshwater. Pretty adaptable to varied hardness and pH values. Doesn’t require the very heat, delicate, acidic water wanted by M. ramirezi; regular tropical aquarium parameters are high-quality.
Issue: A reasonably hardy aquarium species, far more appropriate for a typical group tank than the “different ram,” the extra well-known M. ramirezi. Like its congener, the Bolivian ram requires excessive water high quality, nevertheless, and good filtration with frequent water chang
Tank Setup: A planted tank with caves, driftwood, or synthetic hideaways is ideal. Tankmates needs to be peaceable and enormous sufficient to not be seen as meals. Spawning sometimes takes place on a flat rock or different substrate.
Feeding: A sandsifting omnivore. Will take virtually any aquarium meals. Reside meals are a particular deal with and glorious for conditioning breeders.
Breeding: Not troublesome to breed. It’s best to permit pairs to develop inside a bunch of juveniles. Like many different rainforest dwarf cichlids, this fish can typically elevate a brood in a group aquarium with out extreme lack of fry and with out the mother and father battering their tankmates. A devoted breeding aquarium of 20 gallons or so is, after all, optimum for optimum yield. Free-swimming fry are in a position to take child brine shrimp instantly.
Description: Much less intense than however related in shade to M. ramirezi, it has a lovely sample of gold stomach on an iridescent bluish physique with pink highlights on the fins, a skinny darkish bar down the face by the attention, and a darkish splotch in the midst of the physique.
Notes That is an underappreciated species within the aquarium interest. Its smaller congener is a lot better identified and extra extensively accessible, which is unlucky, because the Bolivian ram isn’t as finicky on the subject of temperature and water chemistry. It’s undoubtedly value searching for this species if you’d like a colourful, peaceable dwarf cichlid for a planted group. Or, when you have had bother sustaining rams and would really like one thing related that’s not as demanding, the Bolivian ram could also be simply the factor for you!