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jaybyrd 03-29-2009 10:13 AM

Another type of butterfly ciclid?
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So my LFS sold me another ciclid. Seemingly peaceful and attractive - but they told me this ciclid is a butterfly ciclid. It appears this is neither an African Butterfly ciclid or a blue ram. Any ideas what this "mutant" ciclid is?

This fish is roughly 3.25 long (an 1" bigger than my 2 blue rams) and sports 5 vertical lines like an African butterfly but seems to have ram-like fins and coloration.

Thanks. Would not mind finding a similiar or correct species for reference on this fish so all help would be appreciated.

BTW - this is a good fish. Smart, mellow, and playful.


beweeb 03-29-2009 11:08 AM

it looks to me like Bolivian Ram or Mikrogeophagus altispinosus

veganchick 03-29-2009 02:47 PM

could it be a gold ram? I have seen some with red like that..

Tobowey 03-29-2009 03:00 PM

Nah it's Definitely a Bolivian Ram.

jaybyrd 03-30-2009 12:29 AM

thanks guys
I did a little internet research with your help and answers and I feel compelled to say this is a Bolivian Ram. And a very interesting fish. It appears this fish might be more durable than the blue rams. Even though the blue rams seem ok for now....


Tobowey 03-30-2009 03:38 AM

He will also get a lot more colorful as he starts getting adjusted to the tank. I have two Bolivians in my 20 gal, but they never let me take pictures of them sadly. Although I shall keep trying!

willow 03-30-2009 03:02 PM

he's a fantastic colour !

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