Common Name(s)
Bolivian ram, bolivian butterfly, ruby crown cichlid
Scientific Name
Mikrogeophagus altispinosus
Family
Cichlidae
Origin
Bolivia, Brazil
Temperament
Peaceful
Maximum Size
3 inches
Minimum Tank Size
20 gallon long
Tank Setup
Looks best in a planted tank with a dark substrate and background. Prefers sand over gravel.
Tank Region
Middle-bottom
Diet
Will eat pellet or flake food, but also takes mouthfuls of sand to sift through for food. Supplement with live foods.
Breeding
Bi-parental substrate spawner.
Compatibility
With other temp-compatible community fish
Ease of Keeping
Easy
Care
pH: Doesn't matter; Temperature 68-76 Fahrenheit
Altispinosus_female_fry.jpg

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Males are more brightly colored than females, and have longer fins.

Should never be added to new or unestablished aquaria. Needs pristine water conditions or it can develop lateral line erosion.