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Altum Angel (Pterophyllum altum)


The most sought after of all the freshwater angels, the Altum or High Back Angel comes from the acidic blackwater reaches of the Orinoco River in Colombia and Venezuela. These beautiful but delicate fish require warm, soft water and excellent water quality to thrive. Best kept in groups of 5 or more, the Altum Angel is an unmistakable show fish ideal for a large display aquarium. Our Altum Angels are imported directly and conditioned carefully in soft water systems before being shipped, allowing us to offer only robust, healthy, well-acclimated fish to our customers.

Red Mouthbrooder Severum (Heros liberifer)


The vibrantly colored Red Mouthbrooder Severum is a recently described species from the Orinoco and Atabapo river drainages in Colombia and Venezuela. Adult fish in breeding condition color up to a deep reddish-pink and are easily the most attractive of the wild forms of Severum. Relatively easy to breed in aquaria, as the name implies this species is a mouthbrooder which exhibits strong parental care.

Regani Dwarf Pike Cichlid (Crenicichla Regani)


One of the smallest and most peaceful species of Pike Cichlids, the Regani Dwarf Pike is found in clear and black water rivers in the Brazilian Amazon, often in extreme shallows. Unlike most other members of its genus, these Pike Cichlids will do well in groups so long as adequate cover and hiding places are available in the aquarium. They are also generally safe with live plants and tend not to bother tankmates – although shrimp or very small fish may be viewed as prey.

Electric Blue Jack Dempsey (Rocio octofasciatus)


A selectively bred color form of the popular Jack Dempsey cichlid, the Electric Blue Dempsey exhibits a beautiful base blue coloration which typically gets more vibrant as they grow. Although they share the same general care requirements as the standard Jack Dempsey, Electric Blues tend to be slower growing and much less aggressive. They should be kept with relatively peaceful fish, especially when young, and will benefit from frequent water changes to maintain excellent water quality.

Red Spotted Lenticulata Pike Cichlid (Crenicichla lenticulata ‘red spot’)


One of the most striking of all the Pike Cichlids, the Lenticulata or Spotted Pike is a large growing species found in Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela. Like many large Pike Cichlids, they are territorial and can be extremely aggressive towards tankmates so any other fish in the aquarium should be chosen with care. The Red Spotted Lenticulata is a rare regional variant which exhibits intense coloration including red (as opposed to black) spots along the face and extensive spotting and marbling along the lateral line.


Temensis Peacock Bass (Cichla temensis)


A large, beautifully marked, and sought after species of Peacock Bass, Cichla temensis is found in the warm blackwater reaches of the Negro and Orinoco River basins in Colombia, Venezuela, and Brazil. in its native range, it is an important food fish, and its huge adult size and predatory nature make them suitable for only huge aquariums. These fish are powerful swimmers and need ample open space in the aquarium (which should also be tightly covered, as they can easily jump). An impressive show fish for the experienced hobbyist.


Orinoco Peacock Bass (Cichla orinocensis)


A powerful and large growing predator, the Orinoco Peacock Bass is found throughout the Orinoco and Meta river drainages in Colombia and Venezuela. A voracious fish eater by nature, newly imported fish tend to prefer live foods at first but can be weaned onto frozen and prepared foods over time. They are fast growing and can be aggressive towards tankmates, especially other cichlids. Best kept with larger, fast-moving fish.

Tiger / Curare Severum (Heros severus ‘curare’)


The rare and exceedingly beautiful Tiger or Curare Severum originates from the far upper reaches of the Rio Negro in Colombia, near the town of San Felipe. This large growing fish are likely the “true” Heros severus, and only very recently have made their way into the hobby. As wild fish from extremely acidic waters, they will display their best colors in a similar setup with soft, low-pH water. Generally peaceful towards similar sized tankmates, they can be aggressive towards each other and should be kept singly or in a large group of 5 or more fish (they will get along with most other Heros species as long as the group is large enough).

True Parrot Cichlid (Hoplarchus psittacus)


A large growing and unique cichlid from the warm, acidic waters of the Orinoco and Negro rivers, the True Parrot Cichlid gets its name from the vibrant markings around its face (which locals in its native range consider similar to their native macaws). In the wild, they are usually found in slow moving, relatively shallow water habitat, where temperatures may exceed 86F and pH as low as 4.0. In the aquarium, they are quite adaptable but will show their best coloration in warm, slightly acidic water. Parrot Cichlids are sensitive to water quality and regular large water changes should be performed to ensure low levels of nitrate and organics.


True Red Terror (Mesoheros festae)


Among the most colorful and showy South American Cichlids, the True Red Terror or Festae Cichlid is a large growing and extremely territorial fish. Found in the coastal drainages of Ecuador and Northern Peru, they inhabit clear or whitewater rivers and streams, usually over rocky substrate. In the aquarium, they are aggressive even by cichlid standards, and should be kept singly or with other large fish aggressive enough to hold their own.

Geophagus abalios (Geophagus cf. abalios)


This colorful eartheater from the ‘surinamensis’ group of the genus Geophagus originates from the acidic, soft waters of the Orinoco Basin in Colombia and Venezuela. A peaceful cichlid, they generally do well in community cichlid aquaria with sandy substrate and lots of open swimming space. Like all eartheaters, they are highly specialized bottom feeders, using their downward facing mouths to inhale mouthfuls of fine substrate and then sifting it through their gills in order to pick out small invertebrates or other tiny prey. In the aquarium, they will accept a variety of sinking foods but will do best when offered a combination of small sinking granules and frozen foods like bloodworms, mysis shrimp, or spirulina enriched brine.

Bolivian Ram (Mikrogeophagus altispinosus)


A longtime favorite in the hobby due to its unique pattern, small size, and peaceful behavior, the Bolivian Ram originates in the Southern reaches of the Amazon Basin. It is now commercially bred worldwide and is among the most hardy dwarf cichlid species, ideal for beginners. A great species for planted or community tanks, they can be slightly territorial towards each other but will rarely bother other fish.

Wild Oscar (Astronotus ocellatus) – Rio Caqueta Locale


A wild form of the aquarium hobby classic, the Oscar from Colombia’s Rio Caqueta represents a newer locality of the species with a distinctive gold banded. color pattern. As with all Oscars, these are a large growing and predatory fish that require large aquariums as adults. Feeding a varied diet of high quality prepared and frozen foods will help ensure their best colors as they grow.

Caqueta Gold Eartheater (Geophagus sp. ‘Caqueta gold’)


This colorful eartheater from the ‘surinamensis’ group of the genus Geophagus originates from the fast-flowing waters of the Rio Caqueta in Colombia. The vivid gold color form may represent a new and undescribed species. In the aquarium, they are peaceful for a cichlid, and prefer to live in groups. They rarely attempt to eat smaller fish but will actively sift through fine sand or gravel substrate so are not ideal for aquascaped or planted tanks.

Electric Blue Ram (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi)


A spectacularly colored line bred variant of the popular Ram or Butterfly Dwarf Cichlid, the Electric Blue Ram is a small, peaceful cichlid ideal for most community aquariums. With their uniform vivid blue coloration, they make an impressive display fish in a planted or aquascaped aquarium and will get along well with most tankmates. In the aquarium, they can be sensitive to fluctuating water quality and will do best in slightly soft water with frequent partial water changes. Like most cichlids they may fight among themselves for territory so a medium sized aquarium with plenty of cover and shelter is best to keep a group.


Red Fin Johanna Pike Cichlid (Crenicichla johanna)


The Red Fin or Johanna Pike is a large growing species found throughout much of the Amazon basin, where it tends to inhabit soft, acidic waters. Like many large Pike Cichlids, they are territorial and can be aggressive towards tankmates so any other fish in the aquarium should be chosen with care. With their large adult size and outgoing nature, they make excellent subjects for a species tank or in a suitably large display with other South American cichlids.


Spider Kelberi Peacock Bass (Cichla kelberi ‘spider’)


With distinctive golden coloration and a much smaller adult size than other peacock bass of the genus Cichla, the Kelberi is among the most popular of these large predatory cichlids in the aquarium hobby. Originating from the rivers of Southeastern Brazil (including the Tocantins), these fish are popular food and sport fish in their native range. The so-called ‘Spider’ variant is a selectively bred color form developed in Asia which can be distinguished by their intricate, spiderweb-like pattern of spots and lines as adults. Like all peacock bass, Kelberis require very large aquariums and should only be kept by experienced hobbyists. They are powerful predators, and will eat any fish that can fit in their large mouths, so tankmates should be chosen with care.

Red Shoulder / Rotkeil Severum (Heros cf. efasciatus)


The Red Shoulder, Red Head, or “Rotkeil” Severum is a distinctive naturally occurring variant of the species known as Heros cf. efasciatus found throughout parts of the Middle Amazon and its tributaries. This strain has been popular in the aquarium hobby for many years due to its vibrant reddish-orange coloration and distinctive orange eyes. In its native range in Peru, it is referred to as “corbata” which has given rise to another common name for this fish – the “necktie” severum (so named for the stripe of red-orange extending from the gill plate to the top of the dorsal fin). While it has been bred commercially for some time, wild fish often display the most intense colors. Like most of their relatives, these fish are fairly peaceful for a large cichlid, and will usually coexist well in a mixed cichlid community composed of similarly sized semi-aggressive fish.

Wild Apistogramma cacatuoides (Apistogramma cacatuiodes)


One of the most popular dwarf cichlids in the hobby, Apistgramma cacatuoides (also known as the Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid) is an attractive and interesting addition to smaller community aquarium. They have been bred in the hobby for decades, resulting in a number of color morphs and strains. A widespread fish in the Amazon Basin, they have a number of wild color forms as well corresponding to different catch locations. These fish originate from the Rio Nanay in Peru. A hardy and relatively peaceful species, they are ideal for smaller aquariums and do best with ample cover in the form of plants, driftwood, and small caves.

Note on wild-collected Apistogramma sp.:
While we will make our best efforts to select male/female pairs for customer orders, sexing small- and medium-sized wild Apistogramma is not always exact and we do not guarantee a particular sex ratio. We recommend buying these fish in larger groups if a particular ratio of males to females is desired.

Sveni Eartheater Rio Parana Locale (Geophagus sveni ‘Rio Parana’)


A colorful and uncommon eartheater found only in a few river systems in Southern Brazil, the Sveni Eartheater is considered part of the ‘Surinamensis’ complex of closely-related species. With intense blue, red, and green coloration and long, flowing ventral fin streamers, Geophagus sveni is one of, if not the most beautiful and sought after species of Earheaters. A relatively peaceful cichlid, this eartheater is best kept in groups in an aquarium with fine sand substrate so they  can exhibit their natural sand sifting behavior. A varied diet rich in quality proteins and high in red color enhancers like astaxanthin will ensure they develop their most vibrant coloration in the aquarium.

Super Orange Spotted Lenticulata Pike Cichlid (Crenicichla lenticulata ‘super orange’)


One of the most striking of all the Pike Cichlids, the Lenticulata or Spotted Pike is a large growing species found in Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela. Like many large Pike Cichlids, they are territorial and can be extremely aggressive towards tankmates so any other fish in the aquarium should be chosen with care. The Super Orange Spotted Lenticulata is a rare regional variant which exhibits intense orange coloration behind the operculum and around the caudal spot along with extensive spotting on the head and face.


Orinoco Dwarf Pike Cichlid (Crenicichla sp. ‘Orinoco dwarf’)


One of the smaller species of Pike Cichlids, the Orinoco Dwarf is a relatively peaceful Crenicichla found in the warm, acidic waters of the Orinoco and its tributaries in Colombia and Venezuela. A hardy and active species, they are usually found in groups in the wild and will form a distinct social hierarchy in the aquarium if given enough space. Be sure to provide plenty of cover for each fish to create and defend its own territory.

Red Eye Red Spot Green Discus (Symphysodon aequifasciatus) – Wild Nanay


Long considered the most beautiful of all freshwater aquarium fish, the discus remains a popular fish for serious hobbyists. Regular, large water changes, a protein-rich varied diet, and warm water temperatures (78-84) will create ideal conditions for discus to thrive. Wild discus like the Red Spotted Green are more sensitive to water quality and are best kept by experienced hobbyists. They will do best in soft, slightly acidic water and may take weeks or even months to display their optimal colors in an aquarium but will reward patient aquarists with spectacular coloration and natural behaviors. These specimens originate from the Rio Nanay in Peru and have been selected for good body shape, red eyes, and full red spotting throughout the body.

Albino Threadfin Acara (Acarichthys heckelii ‘albino’)


A new, selectively bred form of Acaricthys heckelii, the Albino Threadfin Acara or Threadfin Eartheater is a vibrantly colored variant, displaying red eyes and a deep red-orange body which increases with age, especially on males. A hardy and relatively peaceful South American cichlid, they will mix well with other eartheaters or medium- to large-sized peaceful cichlids.

Red Head Tapajos Eartheater (Geophagus sp. ‘Red Head Tapajos’)


A medium growing and spectacularly colored eartheater from the extensive ‘Surinamensis’ complex of similar-looking species of Geophagus, the Red Head Tapajos Eartheater gets its name from the vivid reddish-orange coloration adult fish display on the front surface of their face. Originally found in the clear, warm waters of the lower Rio Tapajos in Brazil, the species has become widely popular in the hobby and now is regularly aquacultured for the aquarium trade. A fairly peaceful cichlid, they do best in groups of 5 or more and will coexist peacefully with most fish too large to be eaten.