How to Breed and Setup a Spawning Tank for German Blue Ram Cichlid Fish?

German Blue Ram Cichlids, scientifically known as Mikrogeophagus ramirezi, is a beautiful fish that enjoys living in a community aquarium. They are low temperament fish, & they like their tank mates. German Blue Ram Fish are not beginners’ fish because they need high quality water.







South America

Maximum Size

2 to 3 inches

Life Span

2 to 3 years



Aquarium Level

Mid, Bottom Dweller

Min. Aquarium Size

20 Gallons



Water pH

5 to 7

Water Hardness

10 dGH

Care Level

Intermediate, Expert


23 to 28C


Buy Little German Blue Ram Fish:

It is recommended to purchase up to 8 little German Blue Rams & let them grow together. They will themselves pair up.


How to Differentiate between Male & Female German Blue Ram Fish:

It is very hard to tell the gender of German Blue Rams until they reach maturity. There are a few signs that might help you in differentiating between male & female German Blue Rams. In male Ram, the first rays of dorsal fin are stretched out that makes a small crest. But this is not always true because the degree of stretching out is different from offspring to offspring. Female German Blue Rams usually have rosier bellies, but it isn’t always true.


How to Setup a Spawning Tank for German Blue Ram Cichlid Fish:

For breeding Ram Cichlids, it is suggested to setup a new aquarium, & keep both males & females in it. Hence, you can easily setup right conditions for breeding. Keep lots of plants in the aquarium that will offer hiding spots.

Keep male & female German Blue Ram fish in a community aquarium, & they will breed on their own. But if you really want to make sure that you get desired results, then breed them in a separate aquarium.

A 10-gallon tank is good for breeding German Blue Ram Fish. Cover your fish tank with a lid & using a background will make them comfortable. Do not use gravel in the aquarium & leave it bare bottom. Use a sponge filter because it is efficient in filtration & does not suck fries. Use a heater with a thermostat to keep aquarium water at a specified temperature. Use breeding sites at the corners of the aquarium for example flat river stones. Attach java fern or java moss to the driftwood to offer hiding spots & help growth of infusoria that serves as a food for new born babies.

Breed & Setup Spawning Tank for German Blue Ram Fish
How to Breed & Setup a Spawning Tank for German Blue Ram Fish

Breeding German Blue Ram Cichlids Fish:

German Blue Rams like breeding in the open, on big stones or plant leaves, or at times they lay their eggs on the gravels. They deposit up to 500 eggs but they used to eat their own eggs so the eggs should be removed from the parents’ tank. It is recommended to shift the eggs to another aquarium, & let them hatch & raise the babies. Eggs take around 60 hours in hatching & fries take 3 to 4 more days to swim freely.

It is recommended to keep the babies away from the parents because adults might eat the young.


Feed Quality Food & Baby Brine Shrimp to Adult German Blue Ram Cichlids Fish:

Offer quality diets as well as baby brine shrimp to the adult German Blue Ram fish. If you offer them plenty of baby food, then it will signal adults that it is time to breed because they can take good care of their babies.


How to Raise Fries of German Blue Ram Cichlids Fish:

The first 2 or 3 spawnings might be eaten up by parents so if you do not want parents to eat their own eggs, then put them in a container. Eggs will take 3 to 5 days to hatch & babies will start eating infusoria. If parents are willing to take care of their babies, then it is more convenient for you. Offer live baby brine shrimp to the fries as well as powdered fry diets, & parents will help fries in finding food.

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