2 x butterfly cichlid "blue punk" - Microgeophagus ramirezi - pair
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  • calm behavior
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2 x butterfly cichlid "blue punk" - Microgeophagus ramirezi - pair

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2 x butterfly cichlid "blue punk" - Microgeophagus ramirezi - pair
The name "blue punk" is program with this breeding form, because these butterfly cichlids show absolutely gaudy colors and contrasts and in addition a fascinating behavior repertoire. A pair is the absolute attraction even in smaller tanks. The impressive breeding care puts every favorite series in the shade! - Garnelio
Features
Water values: soft to hard
Visual effect: Especially colorful
Temperature: 25-30 °C
Feature: interesting brood care
with fish?: Yes, with peaceful fish
Fish group: Cichlids
Diet: carnivore - meat eater
Aquarium size: 54 l (approx. 60cm)
Breeding: medium
Planting possible?: Yes
Origin: South America
with snails/shells?: Yes
Final size: 4-8 cm
Difficulty: 1 - Simple
Behavior: Normal
with large crabs?: No
with dwarf crabs?: No
with shrimps?: Socialization not possible
Pelvic region: Center
with crabs?: No
Description

With the butterfly cichlid "blue punk" or "ice blue" you buy a pair of the particularly intensively colored and still quite rare, blue breeding form of the well-known South American butterfly cichlid. With their striking fins, interesting behavior and contrasting coloration, Microgeophagus ramirezi "blue punk" are absolute jewels in the home South America aquarium. These pretty, high-backed dwarf cichlids rummage through the substrate with their mouths to "filter" small worms and other edible food from the sand. The animals owe their Latin name to this behavior, which translates as"earth eater".

You will receive our "Blue Punk" in pairs!

The body shimmers metallic turquoise to light blue and the head area is colored orange-red, as well as the fin tips. The animals do not have a particularly pronounced sexual dichromatism, i.e. the females are identically colored like the males, remain only somewhat smaller and altogether slimmer. Adult males also develop a more or less pronounced hump on the forehead, which is completely absent in females. Males are mature at about 6-7 cm, females reach a final size of about 4-5 cm .

In its natural habitat, the Butterfly Cichlid is found in weedy, densely vegetated waters with a rather sandy bottom. There it is mainly found in acidic and soft water. These circumstances should be taken into account in the  home aquarium and consequently also provide the animals with at least a smaller area with sandy substrate to chew through. Background and sides of the aquarium should offer enough retreat possibilities in the form of Plants but the foreground should also provide enough free swimming space for the animals. The water should be soft and acidic, similar to their habitat, and also have humic substances , which can be easily supplemented. Although also Blue South American Butterfly Cichlids tolerate somewhat harder water values, it is recommended with this somewhat more sensitive breeding form to set on rather soft water, which facilitates also a possible breeding clearly. A pH of 6-7 would be considered suitable. The water temperature in the aquarium should be between 22 to 30 °C and the water quality should be guaranteed by a sufficiently generously dimensioned filter system and regular water changes. If these points are taken into account, the butterfly cichlids can live up to 3 years. The minimum tank size for keeping a pair of "blue punk" would be 60 cm edge length or 54l. Please keep several pairs together only in sufficiently large tanks, since the males form territories.

A socialization with shrimps is rather difficult, because smaller shrimps fit perfectly into the feeding pattern of the butterflies, bigger shrimps and especially Amano shrimp often harmonize quite well at least with not yet fully grown cichlids. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee for this. Smaller tetras and growth-eating catfishes, as well as Corydorasare ideal as by-fish and attacks by the butterfly cichlids occur only very rarely, mostly when the breeding pair is guarding its clutch. These attacks are usually limited to a short, angry expulsion of the intruders.

Butterfly cichlids will often begin reproducing fairly quickly in soft water with humic substances , with the pair beginning to intensively clean the selected area for spawning (ideally a flat rock or similar). If the fish have previously been adequately supplied with live food and high quality frozen food , the female will also already have a discernible spawn and be roly-poly. The parent fish perform the brood care together and scare away any supposed "spawn predators" during this time. If the brood care was successful, the young fish swim freely already a few days later and the brood care instinct of the parents slowly dies out. If you want to raise the young specifically, you should remove the by-fish and parents from the tank at this time, otherwise they will attack the offspring. The baby fish are initially fed with  Artemia nauplii, cyclops, micro worms and other small live food.

Our food recommendation: NatureHolic Cichfeed is a great staple food for all carnivorous cichlids in the aquarium, perfectly meeting their requirements for food composition. The tasty pearls are also very well eaten by larger cichlids. Thanks to their soft texture, NatureHolic Cichfeed food pearls are gentle on the mouth and can be eaten very well by the fish.

Our plant recommendation: Use for the planting NatureHolic InVitros. These are free of snails, planarians and other unwanted co-inhabitants. Also free of algae spores, bacteria and fungi.

Expert Tip: We recommend for fish keeping the NatureHolic 3 Phase Liquid. The care set offers the best all-round protection for your animals. It ensures optimal conditions for successful breeding and keeping.

 

Profile
Scientific name: Microgeophagus ramirezi
German Name:Butterfly cichlid "blue punk"
Difficulty level:relatively easy
Origin/Distribution:South America
Coloration:Shiny metallic blue coloration
Age expectancy approx. 3 years
Water parameters:GH 3 -15 °dGH, KH 0-8 °dKH, pH 6.0-7.5, temperature 22-28° C
Tank size:54 l and up
Food Carnivorous
Breeding relatively easy
Behavior quiet
Group size In pairs
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Question: "Kann die schmetterlinge Barsche blau in mein 350 lieter Becken mit Barsche setzen Barsche sind bis zu 13 cm "

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Hallo Siegfried, vielen Dank für deine Frage! Das kommt immer ganz auf die anderen Barsche an. Schmetterlingsbarsche kommen aus Südamerika und können daher mit Südamerikanischen Barscharten die nicht groß genug sind um die Tiere zu fressen gehalten werden. In einem afrikanischen Barschbecken hingegen kann man die Tiere nicht halten.

Question: "Ihr schreibt oben in der Kurzbeschreibung zur Wasserhärte weich - hart. Im Text unten aber das man weiches Wasser verwenden soll für den Schmetterlingsbuntbarsch. Was denn nun? Ach ja, verträgt sich diese Art mit Bitterlingsbarben Albino? Gruß aus Hamburg, wo wir nur hartes Wasser haben."

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Hallo A, vielen Dank für deine Frage! Die Tiere werden sehr lange gezüchtet, sie vertragen es in der Regel recht gut auch in härterem Wasser gepflegt zu werden, zur optimalen Haltung und auch zur optimalen Farbgebung der Tiere ist aber weiches Wasser unerlässlich. 

Question: "Hallo, Kann ich 2 Pärchen Kongosalmler mit diesen Tier zusammensetzen "

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Hallo Raphael, vielen Dank für deine Frage! Ja, das ist problemlos möglich. 

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