Scientific Name: Mikrogeophagus ramirezi
Please note – The image used above is for illustration purposes only; Size, colour and sex may vary. Many of our livestock species are sold as juveniles and have not yet reached their full size and colour potential. If you have any concerns about the size or colour of the livestock you wish to order, please contact our livestock team via our support centre before placing your order. Due to the large quantities of livestock orders daily, the livestock team will are unable to select fish / shrimp to meet specific gender or aesthetic needs.
Approximate purchase size: 3 cm
All Pond Solutions will always endeavour to supply as close to the approximate size range as possible. Due to variations from suppliers on rare occasions this may not always be possible. Images used are to show the full potential of the fish when fully mature and are not always representative of juvenile specimens.
How easy are they to care for?
We would class these as a medium level of care.
How large can they grow?
Where in the world are they from?
This species has been found in the waters near Venezuela, Colombia and Brazil.
What is the ideal number to keep together?
Juveniles will happily live in groups, but mature pairs will ideally be kept with a territory of around a foot across.
What water conditions do they require?
Temperature ranges of 22-30° Celsius and will accept 4.0 – 7.0 pH.
What should you feed them?
Variety of live and frozen food such as bloodworm, Artemia and Daphnia, supplemented by good quality, sinking dried foods of a suitably small size.
How compatible are they with other fish?
Not recommended for the general community aquarium.
Can they be bred in captivity?
This species is a biparental substrate spawner and is best bred in a dedicated set-up with no other fishes present.