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German Blue Rams (EDIT: What Cichlid is this?)
July 13, 2014
10:52 pm
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Coryboy21
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So I'm wondering if this fish is actually GBR or a Bolivian Ram...
In the case that it is a Bolivian ram, can they hybridize with GBR's and live peacefully with them? I have a 29g planted tank and there are adequate hiding places around the tank, so i was planing on getting a female GBR since this one is a male. I just want to make sure I know what species this actually is. Sorry if the picture isn't high quality, they were the best I could get.

Any help is appreciated :)

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July 14, 2014
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From that photo, the fish is neither a Blue or Bolivian Ram.  I would suggest it is likely a female Apistogramma, though which I can't tell.  Females of several apisto species are very similar with yellow ground colour and black vertical stripes.  With a clearer photo I'm sure one of the more knowledgeable cichlid members will know.

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Byron Hosking, BMus, MA Vancouver, BC Canada
July 14, 2014
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The stripes can appear or disappear depending on its mood, the only thing thats constant is it's eye stripe, and a slight red tinge in the edge of its caudal, pectoral, and anal fin Maybe these photos will help.

 

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July 14, 2014
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It is common for the patterning on dwarf cichlids to darken and lighten according to the fish's mood, environmental conditions, etc.  With the benefit of the additional photos I would tend to think this may be a species like Apistogramma regani, but I am not certain at all.  It most definitely is not Mikrogeophagus ramirezi or M. altispinosa (the two rams) not only by the colour/pattern but the body shape is too elongated as both rams are a tad more "chunky" than linear.  Did the store where you acquired it have any name attached to it?

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Byron Hosking, BMus, MA Vancouver, BC Canada
July 14, 2014
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Yes the store sold it as a german blue ram though i figured it wasn't after a few weeks. I thought it was the acclimation that caused the lack of color but apparently its a different species altogether. The fins do match that of a Bolivian ram, not to say that it is, but i think its a better way to describe it. It may be A. regani  but the fins aren't round...

 

 

EDIT: http://www.fishbase.org/summary/26697 do you think A. maoe could be possible?

July 15, 2014
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Well it looks like M. ramirezi to me.

July 15, 2014
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Graham Ramsay said
Well it looks like M. ramirezi to me.

You may well be correct.  This may be a very young fish.

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