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German Blue Rams (EDIT: What Cichlid is this?)

Home Forums Fresh and Brackish Water Fishes German Blue Rams (EDIT: What Cichlid is this?)

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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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    #353275

    Byron Hosking
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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.

    Byron.

    #353276

    Coryboy21
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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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    #353279

    Byron Hosking
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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?

    Byron.

    #353284

    Coryboy21
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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?

    #353286

    Graham Ramsay
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    Well it looks like M. ramirezi to me.

    #353287

    Byron Hosking
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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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