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L330 Watermelon Royal Pleco (Panaque nigrolineatus laurafabianae)

$34.99$214.99

One of the most distinctively patterned of all the Royal Plecos, the L330 Watermelon or Spotted Royal is a large growing and impressive Loricariid found in parts of the Caqueta basin in Colombia. Like all of their relatives in the genus Panaque, they have specialized teeth that they use to graze on driftwood. In the aquarium, they should be provided with plenty of driftwood and specialized foods for wood eaters like Repashy’s xylivore gel diet or Sera’s catfish chips. As a large growing and messy fish, they require a large aquarium and frequent water changes to ensure optimal water quality.

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Blue Eyed Pleco (Panaque cochliodon)

$259.99$389.99

Among the rarest (and largest) pleco species in the aquarium hobby, the Blue Eye Pleco or Blue Eye Panaque is an incredible show fish for hobbyist with the very largest of aquariums. Like many Panaque species, it is found in fast moving waters – specifically, the Rio Magdalena in Colombia. In the aquarium, Blue Eye Plecos are generally hardy, although they will do best if given strong current and plenty of driftwood to both hide among and graze on. All Panaque species are wood eaters, and we recommend using a specialty diet like Repashy’s Morning Wood to ensure proper nutrition.

True Eques Cory (Corydoras Eques)

$24.99$29.99

With its combination of deep green body coloration and a distinctive orange stripe, the Eques Cory is a sought after species in the aquarium hobby. Although similar species have occasionally been sold (incorrectly) as C. eques, the True Eques Cory is found only in Amazonas State, Brazil, and is uncommonly imported. Similar to most species of Cory Catfish, the Eques Cory should be kept in groups (ideally 5 or more) and prefers a substrate of fine sand. Due to their larger adult size they make an attractive showpiece fish for a medium to large community aquarium and will do well with nearly any peaceful tankmates.

L025 Scarlet Cactus Pleco (Pseudacanthicus pirarara)

$99.99$229.99

A beautifully colored and heavily armored pleco, the Scarlet Cactus or L025 is one of the most sought after species in its genus. Found in the fast-flowing rocky waters of Brazil’s Rio Xingu, they are almost prehistoric in appearance, with prominent spines along the pectoral, dorsal, and caudal fins. Growing to almost 18″ as adults, they require a large aquarium with excellent water quality and are recommended for experienced hobbyists.

L253 Black Royal Goldie Pleco (Scobinancistrus sp. L253)

$199.99$239.99

A rarely seen and stunningly marked variant of the more well known Goldie Pleco, the L253 Black Royal Goldie is found in the Rio Iriri, a tributary of the Xingu in Brazil. Like its cousin the L014 Goldie Pleco, this species is peaceful and will thrive in most community aquariums as long as they are given sufficient space. In nature, they are a scavenger, but will typically do best when provided protein rich foods like frozen bloodworms, shrimp, or sinking carnivore diets. They require excellent water quality and will do best with regular large water changes and warm, well-oxygenated water in the aquarium.

L081 Fine Spot Gold Nugget Pleco (Baryancistrus xanthellus)

$39.99$89.99

The L081 is a color variation of the popular Gold Nugget Pleco distinguished by having many fine yellow spots along the body (compared to L018 and L177, both of which have large spots). Like its close relatives, it is found in rocky shallow areas in warm, well-oxygenated water. In the aquarium, it should be provided with plenty of cover and regular feedings of protein rich feeds such as Repashy gel diet or other prepared feeds. They will do best at high temperatures (82 – 86F), lots of water movement and a variety of rocks and caves in which to establish territories. This species can be a challenge to maintain long term and is best suited for experienced hobbyists who can ensure optimal water quality similar to what they would find in nature and a varied diet.

L018 Big Spot Gold Nugget Pleco (Baryancistrus xanthellus)

$44.99$54.99

The L018 is the most well known of the popular Gold Nugget Plecos, distinguished by its large distinct gold spots. Like its close relatives, it is found in rocky shallow areas in warm, well-oxygenated water. In the aquarium, it should be provided with plenty of cover and regular feedings of protein rich feeds such as Repashy gel diet or other prepared feeds. They will do best at high temperatures (82 – 86F), lots of water movement and a variety of rocks and caves in which to establish territories. This species can be a challenge to maintain long term and is best suited for experienced hobbyists who can ensure optimal water quality similar to what they would find in nature and a varied diet.

L066 King Tiger Pleco (Hypancistrus sp. L066)

$49.99$79.99

One of several strikingly marked black and white species of Hypancistrus from the Rio Xingu in Brazil, the L066 King Tiger Pleco inhabits rocky areas of warm, fast-moving water. In the aquarium, they need excellent water quality and do best when provided lots of cover in the form of caves or driftwood. A carnivore, they should be fed protein rich foods like frozen bloodworms, carnivore pellets, or gel diets. The L066 can be distinguished from the similar L333 by its white (as opposed to off-white) base coloration. Like most plecos from the region, they will do best at warmer temperatures (80-85F) and plenty of current.

Gulper Catfish (Asterophysus batrachus)

$39.99$69.99

With its prehistoric appearance and exaggerated, oversized mouth, the Gulper Catfish is hard to mistake for any other species. A voracious predator, they are amazingly able to consume fish even larger than they are. In the wild, they tend to inhabit deeper stretches of blackwater rivers, and their eyesight is relatively poor – relying instead on their sensitive barbels and sense of smell to find prey. Gulpers are relatively adaptable in the aquarium, but as a scaleless fish can be somewhat sensitive to water quality. Although they can be finicky eaters at first, they will quickly learn to accept frozen, protein rich feeds and even pellets.

Hifin Green Phantom Pleco (Baryancistrus demantoides)

$39.99$64.99

The Hifin Green Phantom Pleco – like the very similar common Green Phantom Pleco – originates in fast-moving, rocky areas of the Orinoco and Ventuari Rivers in Colombia and Venezuela. With their light green body coloration and distinctive yellow spots, this pleco makes a colorful and unique addition to most medium aquariums. As the name suggests, this species can be distinguished by an even more prominent dorsal fin than the common Green Phantom, as well as the fact that this species’ dorsal fin and adipose fin are fused. An omnivore, they will graze on algae but also accept a variety of sinking prepared foods – preferably a protein rich diet. Green Phantoms are sensitive to poor water quality so be sure to perform frequent water changes.

L034 Medusa Pleco (Ancistrus ranunculus)

$44.99$64.99

A unique, oddly-shaped Loricariid, the L034 Medusa Pleco is distinguished by its flattened body and prominent fleshy tentacles surrounding the nose which gives them their common name. This pleco is found in the clear, fast-moving waters of the Xingu in Brazil where it inhabits rocky shallows. In the aquarium, they prefer clean, well-oxygenated water and ample hiding places in the form of rocks, driftwood, or caves. Although both males and females have extensive bristles on the nose, mature males are easy to distinguish as the bristles grow to a huge size. An omnivore by nature, they will readily accept veggies, sinking prepared foods like Fluval Bug Bites Pleco formula, or Repashy Gel Diet.

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“New Ranger” Pleco (Pterygoplichthys sp. “new ranger”)

$12.99 $9.99

One of the smallest species of pleco known, the “new ranger” is an as-yet undescribed species originating from the Nanay River in Peru. They are an excellent algae eater, feeding on many species of nuisance algae in the aquarium (including diatoms). Although small for a pleco, they are still substantial fish and should be given ample space and cover in the aquarium. Supplement their diet regularly with algae-based sinking foods, gel foods, and fresh vegetables.

L075 Para Pleco (Peckoltia sabaji)

$29.99$49.99

The L075 or Para Pleco is found in fast-flowing, rocky rivers throughout the Xingu and other Amazon Tributaries. As a medium growing and attractively marked pleco, it is a good addition for a medium to large aquarium and is generally peaceful towards tankmates. The L075 will usually coexist with other plecos as long as ample hiding places and cover is provided. An omnivore, they should be fed a varied diet of both algae/vegetable based and protein-rich foods.

Glass Catfish (Kryptopterus bicirrhis)

$7.99

The Glass Catfish or Ghost Glass Cat has been popular in the aquarium trade for decades due to its unique, almost completely transparent body and active behavior. In the wild, they inhabit a variety of freshwater habitats in Southeast Asia, from clear water streams to quiet swampy areas, where they are typically found in large shoals. A peaceful, schooling fish, they are relatively hardy in the aquarium but prefer slightly soft water and excellent water quality. They should be kept in groups of at least 5 fish so they can form a school. Fast moving or nippy tankmates should be avoided as they can stress out the more peaceful Glass Catfish.

Royal Farlowella (Sturisomatichthys aureus)

$34.99$36.99

A unique, stick-shaped Loricariid found throughout the Pacific coastal drainages of Panama, Colombia, and Ecuador, the Royal Farlowella can be found in a variety of habitats including fast-flowing streams and slow blackwater creeks. They are often found heavily camouflaged on or near stands of driftwood and in the aquarium should be given plenty of cover as well as open areas of substrate. A grazer and omnivore, they will do best when offered a varied diet of herbivore and carnivore diets such as Repashy gel diet, Fluval Bug Bites pellets, frozen foods and fresh vegetables.

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Irwini / Giant Talking Catfish (Megalodoras uranoscopus)

$39.99$359.99

A unique and heavily armored catfish found throughout the Amazon and its tributaries, the Irwin’s Catfish or Giant Raphael Catfish is typically a gentle giant in the aquarium, ignoring most fish and being well protected from even the most aggressive tankmates. In the wild, their diet largely consists of aquatic snails, crustaceans, fruit and vegetation, but they will readily accept almost any sinking food. A great scavenger to help manage leftover food in large cichlid or predatory fish displays, they do grow to a huge adult size and will require a tank of 180 gallons at the bare minimum.

Super Red Bristlenose Pleco (Ancistrus sp.)

$24.99$69.99

Of all the selectively bred morphs of the Common Bristlenose or Bushynose Pleco (Ancistrus sp.) available in the hobby, the “super red” form is probably the most colorful and sought after. Developed over time from naturally occurring color variants, this fish sports a uniform, vibrant red-orange coloration. As with all Common Bristlenose Plecos, these fish are ideal aquarium inhabitants, grazing on diatom algae while still being safe with live plants and peaceful towards all tankmates.

Hognose Brochis (Brochis multiradiatus)

$29.99$36.99

One of the largest species of Cory Catfish, the Hognose Brochis is found in shallow streams and lakes in the Eastern Amazon and Napo rivers in Peru and Ecuador. It is distinguished by its extremely long snout, which it uses to forage for food in sandy substrate, and by its bulky, heavily armored appearance. Like most Corys, they are peaceful, hardy, and best kept in groups due to their schooling nature. Because of their size, Hognose Brochis make for great bottom feeders or dithers in aquariums with medium South or Central American Cichlids or other predatory fish which aren’t large enough to try to make a meal of them.

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Granulated Catfish (Pterodoras granulosus)

$24.99$54.99

A huge armored catfish found throughout many of the larger rivers of South America, the Soldier or Bacu Catfish is a unique scavenging species which feeds on detritus, dead fish, invertebrates, and even fruit in the wild. In the aquarium, they are gentle giants, and are peaceful towards all tankmates. Due to their heavily armored body and large size, they make good tankmates for large cichlids or other large predatory fish but with their huge adult size will require an equally large aquarium or indoor pond to keep.

Rio Tigre Zebra Oto (Otocinclus cocama)

$14.99

A beautifully and distinctively marked relative of the common Otocinclus, the Rio Tigre Zebra Oto inhabits Peru’s Rio Tigre, where it spends most of its time grazing on submerged driftwood and vegetation. An ideal algae eater for most community or planted aquariums, they will eat filamened algae and diatoms from most surfaces, including the aquarium glass. Like most of their close relatives, they are best kept in groups.

Flash Juruense Catfish (Brachyplatystoma juruense)

$99.99$499.99

A remarkably patterned, large-growing predatory catfish, the Juruense or False Tigrinus is widely distributed throughout the Amazon Basin, where it is a prized food fish. Although juvenile fish tend to be a drab dark gray with some striping, as they grow this fish will develop a striking pattern of black stripes on an off white or occasionally even cream-colored background, extending to the intricately striped tail. The rare and sought after “flash” variant of this species displays very light white or yellow base coloration with an elaborate stripe pattern. These catfish tend to be found in fast-moving stretches of murky water, and they rely on their sensitive barbels much more than their limited eyesight to find prey. In the aquarium, they prefer dim lighting, ample hiding places, and pristine water quality (maintaining high levels of dissolved oxygen is especially important).

Orange Zebra Oto (Hypoptopoma sp. ‘Peru Orange’)

$14.99

A beautifully and distinctively marked relative of the common Otocinclus, the Rio Orange Zebra Oto inhabits Peru’s upper Rio Nanay, where it spends most of its time grazing on submerged driftwood and vegetation. An ideal algae eater for most community or planted aquariums, they will eat filamented algae and diatoms from most surfaces, including the aquarium glass. Like most of their close relatives, they are best kept in groups.

Amazon Otocinclus (Otocinclus cf. macrospilus) – Group of 5

$14.99

One of the most popular aquarium algae eaters (and for good reason), the Oto Cat or Otocinclus is a small, schooling suckermouth catfish found throughout much of South America. There are several species commonly imported for the aquarium trade, but of these the larger, more robust species found in the Colombian Amazon (O. cf. macrospilus) is probably the hardiest and best choice for most aquariums. Safe for all planted tanks and compatible with any peaceful tankmates, the Amazon Oto will feed readily on diatom and other forms of nuisance algae in the aquarium but should be supplemented regularly with sinking veggie-based foods, gel diet, and fresh vegetables like zucchini or romaine lettuce.

L027a Xingu ‘Platinum’ Royal Pleco (Panaque cf. armbrusteri ‘Xingu’)

$59.99$199.99

A distinctive variant of Royal Pleco hailing from Brazil’s Rio Xingu, the Platinum or Long Nose Royal Pleco inhabits rocky, clear, fast-moving water throughout its native range. They are characterized by a more elongated body than other Royal Plecos and a base coloration of whitish silver (as opposed to brown or green) which becomes more pronounced as they grow. Like all Royal Plecos they are wood eaters by nature, and should be offered plenty of driftwood in the aquarium. Specialized diets like Repashy’s xylivore formula gel premix are ideal for this species.

L333 Yellow King Tiger Pleco (Hypancistrus sp. L333)

$74.99$89.99

One of several strikingly marked black and white Hypancistrusspecies from the Rio Xingu in Brazil, the L333 or Yellow King Tiger Pleco inhabits rocky areas of warm, fast-moving water. In the aquarium, they need excellent water quality and do best when provided lots of cover in the form of caves or driftwood. A carnivore, they should be fed protein rich foods like frozen bloodworms, carnivore pellets, or gel diets. Like most plecos from this region, they will do best at higher temperatures (80-85F) and plenty of water movement.