Color Balance of a Bolivian ram (Mikrogeophagus altispinosus)

Mikrogeophagus altispinosus
Bolivian ram (Mikrogeophagus altispinosus)

Balance of color - ceramic artwork colors for a Bolivian ram (Mikrogeophagus altispinosus)

Ceramic artwork colors for a Bolivian ram (Mikrogeophagus altispinosus)
Ceramic artwork colors for a Bolivian ram fish

Balance of color - Ceramic artwork colors for a Bolivian Ram - See in tank

It's important to see the fish live to gain a better perspective of the color balance and hues. By observing this will help formulate color options for the artwork.

Mikrogeophagus altispinosus is a species of fish native to the Amazon basin in Brazil and Bolivia. The genus is part of the Cichlidae family and the Geophaginae subfamily. It is a popular aquarium fish, traded under the common names of Bolivian butterfly, Bolivian ram, Bolivian ram cichlid, and ruby crown cichlid.

The species is close in appearance to larger geophaginic cichlids. The maximum size is roughly 8 cm (or 3.1 inches). The head and the front half of the body are black, fading to olive-grey at the back. A vertical black band runs across the head, and there are six subtle transverse stripes along the body; the third stripe is dark in the middle. The first few rays of the dorsal fin are black, and the dorsal and the caudal fin are edged in pinkish red. The anal and pelvic fins are the same shade of red with bright blue rays and lines.

The species shows only limited sexual dimorphism, with adult males being slightly larger and, in some cases, with longer extensions on both the caudal fin and the posterior dorsal fin.

Although less prominent than its close relative Microgeophagus ramirezi, the Bolivian ram remains a widely encountered aquarium cichlid. The species is also more tolerant of lower temperatures (22 to 26 ° C or 72 to 79 ° F) and a wider range of water conditions than M. It's Ramirezi. Okay, M. Altispinosus can be kept in some community aquariums, but assertive, engaging or aggressive-feeding fish are not suitable companions for this fairly shy species.

Bolivian Rams tend to have a dynamic' stop-and-go' swimming system, in which they usually move for a few paces, pause suddenly, and then move again. In this, their control of the body is unusual in that they seem not to be driven by inertia when stopping; they seem to' freeze' immediately in place and' off,' before moving again. This is likely due to their instinctive desire to carefully sift through the food layer so as not to stir up garbage with their fins. As such, they are usually bottom-feeders and typically do not venture into higher aquarium regions.

Their swimming style is typically gentle and graceful, but they can travel surprisingly quickly by evading predators or chasing away territorial invaders.

After the "stare off" the two Bolivian rams lip lock. The one who lets go first is the looser and heads off to the back of the tank. Bolivian rams prefer to swim at the front.
Mikrogeophagus altispinosus (Haseman, 1911)
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Bolivian ram (Mikrogeophagus altispinosus) 

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