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Ramirezi’s apistogram: keeping and breeding in an aquarium

Good afternoon, colleagues. I am glad to greet you again on this blog and I have another article for you about the Tsikhlov family, namely Ramisrez Apistogram, or chromis butterfly. In nature, this aquarium fish lives in the basin of the South American Orinoco River.

However, this fish is perfectly acclimatized for life in Southeast Asia and Indonesia.

Chromis butterfly, or Ramirezi’s Apistogram, is one of the most beautiful and elegant species of dwarf cichlids. Due to its appearance and habits, this fish has earned the recognition of a wide range of aquarists of all stripes from all countries of the world. The maximum size of an apistorama does not exceed 7 centimeters.

The main color of her body is yellowish-brown, and in front of the body you can see a reddish-orange tide. During spawning this outflow in males takes on a bright red hue.

Bluish sparkles can also be seen all over the body. In females, the belly is colored crimson.

The female’s dorsal and ventral fin is slightly shorter, unlike the males.

As well as the Kakadu apistogram, Ramirezi is also a peaceful representative of Tsikhlovykh, which without problems can get along with any peaceful neighbor of small size (black mollies, swordtails, minor, ornatus, rhodostomy, red neons). In addition, the fish do not touch the aquarium plants and do not swarm in the soil, respectively, the aquarist may not be afraid of global re-planning of the substrate.

Preferably, fish are best kept in tropical banks with dense vegetation and so that a couple of fish have 20 or more liters of water. Apistogram content conditions are as follows:

  • active reaction: 6.5-7.5 pH;
  • water temperature: 24-32 degrees;
  • rigidity: no more than 12

As you probably already noticed, this fish loves high temperatures. That is, it can easily get along with handsome discussions in one aquarium.

With an apistogram content at elevated temperatures, the maximum lifespan does not exceed 2 years, and at moderate temperatures, it does not exceed 4 years. However, be careful, in the second case, the hydrobiont will be highly susceptible to various sores. Cichlid is quite sensitive to the quality of aquarium water.

Best of all, if the water is running, but if you do not have such an opportunity, then get ready for the fact that every week you will need to clean the soil and lure up to 30% of the water to fresh. Or you can replace every day 10% of the volume.

It is imperative to defend the water, because the fish reacts very sharply to a high concentration of chlorine in the water. And in our plumbing this concentration just rolls over.

Yes, and do not forget about filtering and aeration. Like other representatives of the Cichlians, Ramirezi’s Apistogram during spawning turns from a civilian into a territorial monster. The fish feeds on all feeds, but since cichlids are practically all carnivorous children, it is preferable to feed them live or frozen.

Be careful, the fish often overeat.

The peculiarity of the Cichl representatives is that they form fairly stable pairs. Ramirezi becomes ready to breed at the age of 5-6 months, when her body length reaches 3 cm. The spawning volume should be at least 15 liters.

During spawning, the water in the spawn should be several degrees higher than in the general aquarium. The stimulus to breeding is the regular addition to the spawning aquarium of small portions of fresh and soft water.

Spawning occurs on an open surface (flat stone, flower pot or sheet of an aquarium plant). Often, young parents eat their offspring in the stage of eggs, that is, if the spawning took place in a separate jar.

If spawning proceeded in the general aquarium, neighbors can eat caviar. Two parents take care of offspring, but the male dominates in this pair. The incubation period of caviar is 2-4 days, after which fry appear from the eggs.

After spitting, the fry in the aquarium should begin to gradually reduce the temperature of the water. During the first five days of life, the male protects the offspring in pre-prepared pits in the ground. At this time, the female is desirable to remove from the aquarium.

Food for fry: ciliates, nauplii of Artemia and Cyclops.


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