Bolivian Ram

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Description of the Bolivian Ram

The Bolivian Ram is also known as the Bolivian Butterfly, Bolivian Ram and Ruby Crown Cichlid. They are Omnivores so eat plant and animal material. The Bolivian Ram is not a fussy eater and will eat almost anything! They are a good peaceful community fish but can be aggressive until one of the males has become dominant.

Popular Name: Bolivian Ram
Species: Mikrogeophagus altispinosus

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Bolivian Ram

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Profile of the Bolivian Ram
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Bolivian Ram species.

  • Size: Up to 8cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: Temp 22-26 Degrees PH 6.0-8.0

  • Diet / Feeding: Not a fussy eater will eat dried, frozen or flake food

  • Temperament: Good community fish

  • Habitat: Amazon River

  • Behaviour: Not aggressive, can be shy

  • Range: Amazon River, Bolivia and Brazil

Scientific Classification of the Bolivian Ram
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Mikrogeophagus altispinosus

  • Popular Name: Bolivian Ram - Bolivian Butterfly - Bolivian Ram - Ruby Crown Cichlid

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family:Cichlidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Bolivian Ram?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist! Male Bolivian Rams are larger and thinner than the Females.

Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Bolivian Ram slimy?
Bolivian Ram secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Bolivian Ram to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do Bolivian Ram have gills?
Gills enable the Bolivian Ram to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.


Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do the Bolivian Ram have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Bolivian Ram has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Bolivian Ram has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Bolivian Ram has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Bolivian Ram has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Bolivian Ram

Bolivian Ram

  • Interesting Information about Bolivian Ram

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Bolivian Ram slimy?

  • Why do the Bolivian Ram have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Bolivian Ram have fins?

  • Species: Mikrogeophagus altispinosus

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