German Double-Black Ram (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi var. Double-Black)

Imported European Fish

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Mikrogeophagus ramirezi is quite a famous fish already, and in recent years there has been a new color variant which has the whole world abuzz, and that is the german black variant! There are many people who have gotten lower expression specimens of the fish which may have seven been crossed back to normal german blue bloodlines, diluting the black pigmentation a lot along the way. The black rams are a domestic creation, made from generations of selective breeding, and so breeding them back to a more “simple” color form may be necessary to achieve a more robust fish, but should not be sold with the moniker that has generated so much hype. A true german black ram is completely black, with some flakes of blue iridescence on the fins, although even that is sometimes undesirable. The fins are all an ombre black to orange fade, and sometimes there is a very bright electric blue around the lips. Due to the black overlay in pigment, it can be difficult to distinguish male from females of this color form, and so if your goal is to breed them you may want to get a larger group of them, and separate specific fish out as they pair off. This fish was originally collected from the drainage of the rio Orinoco in Venezuela and Colombia, this color form is already so far removed from the wild that the wild water conditions matter very minimally when trying to keep this fish in your aquarium.

Because this fish has been bred in an aquarium for multiple generations already, they should be much more adaptable to tank water than any wild fish would most likely be. The most important factor is going to be a well cycled aquarium which is able to process the amount of waste that your fish produce, keeping the aquarium clean chemically. Also keep in mind that these fish really like it warm! This species of fish does not tend to do well in aquariums in temperatures lower than 80 degrees. At this temperature the dissolved oxygen in the water can quickly be depleted, so having something to help oxygenate the water is a very important safeguard. 

The temperature also presents some difficulty in both choosing some potential tank mates for them, as well as choosing plants if you want to put them in a planted aquarium. In terms of fish, most tropical fish that we keep in the hobby do not need temperatures that high, but are perfectly comfortable. One popular pairing of fish is discus, since they are another fish that really prefers a warmer water temperature. Plants on the other hand prefer to be a bit cooler, and you may have some difficulty maintaining plants long term in temperatures that high. Give it a try though, with faster growing stem plants being more likely candidates to do well over time, especially those which are naturally found in warmer climates, like Brazil. Small rams ship bagged together, while large rams ship individually bagged.

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    6 Reviews

  • Posted by Michelle on Sep 27th 2023


    Double black rams

    Great color n healthy. Thank you!

  • Posted by Michelle on Jul 2nd 2023


    Double black Rams

    Excellent packing n beautiful fish! Love them ?

  • Posted by Michelle on May 15th 2023


    Excellent shipping quality! The Rams arrived beautifully, with nice color n healthy. They are more gorgeous as days passed. Egar to eat

    Thank you so much for these beautiful babies. I have order since. The results are same. I highly recommend this seller!

  • Posted by Enrique on Feb 4th 2023


    German Double-Black Rams

    Bought 6 rams, the first time using this company. I have to give them 5 starts with this order, all 6 rams arrived well, with the overnight shipment, almost a week since they arrived and they are doing great in a 75G quarantine, I am looking forward to pairing them soon.

  • Posted by Christine on Jul 18th 2022


    Excellent specimens

    Fish arrived very feisty and healthy. They bred for me a week later.

  • Posted by Nathan Mackey on May 14th 2022


    Black rams

    Super healthy!