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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.

Common Uaru (Uaru amphiacanthoides)


The Uaru or Triangle Cichlid is an attractive and unique large-growing cichlid found throughout the Amazon basin in South America. Often found in shallow water streams or flooded forest, Uarus tend to form loose schools with other peaceful cichlids and much of their diet is composed of fruit, nuts, and plant matter which falls from overhanging trees. Juvenile fish have a distinctive spotted pattern while adults transition into a tan base color with a triangle-shaped black splotch.


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.

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.

Gold Spot Caqueta Pike Cichlid (Crenicichla cf. anthurum ‘Caqueta’)


A rarely seen Pike Cichlid from the fast moving tributaries of Colombia’s Rio Caqueta, this Pike is in the so-called “saxatilis group” of the genus Crenicichla which are found throughout the Amazon Basin. Like most cichlids in this group, they display attractive gold spotting which intensifies as they grow. These are a medium sized and extremely hardy Pike Cichlid and usually do well in a cichlid community with other South and Central American cichlids.


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.

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.

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.


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.


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.

Cuban Cichlid (Nandopsis tetracanthus)


A large growing and aggressive Cichlid found in freshwater lakes and streams on the island of Cuba, the Cuban Cichlid is uncommon in the hobby but popular with cichlid keepers. With their high contrast black-and-white pattern, large adult size, and outgoing nature, they make for impressive display fish as adults. In the aquarium they are hardy and undemanding, but tankmates should be chosen carefully due to their aggressive nature. Other large Central American cichlids or hardy dither fish like Triportheus or Silver Dollar species are generally the best options.

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.

Electric Blue Acara (Aequidens pulcher)


A recently developed line bred form of the well-known Blue Acara (A. pulcher), the Electric Blue Acara has become an instant favorite in the hobby due to its stunning powder blue coloration. With a manageable adult size of around 6″ and being relatively peaceful (for a cichlid), this species makes an impressive centerpiece fish for a medium to large mixed species tank or a mixed cichlid community with similarly sized South American cichlids. Like all cichlids, they are territorial as adults and should be provided with plenty of structure in the form of caves, rock work, or artificial plants.

Haitian Cichlid (Nandopsis haitiensis)


A large and impressive neotropical cichlid originating from lakes and rivers in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the Haitian Cichlid or “Black Nasty” has been a favorite among cichlid hobbyists for years. With their high contrast pattern, aggressive behavior, and large adult size, they make an impressive display fish for a suitably large aquarium. Hardy and undemanding in the aquarium, they will thrive in a variety of water conditions as long as regular water changes are performed.

Insignis Festivum Cichlid (Mesonauta insignis)


An attractive, relatively peaceful medium-growing cichlid, the Insignis Festivum or Flag Cichlid is one of several similar looking species found throughout the Orinoco drainage in Colombia and Venezuela. Like most of its relatives in the genus Mesonauta, they tend to be found close to the water’s surface in slower-moving areas with lots of overhanging vegetation and often live alongside Angels. In the wild, a large amount of their diet is made up of fruit and nuts that fall into the water from overhanging trees but will accept almost any prepared or frozen foods in the aquarium.


Nanay Jurupari Eartheater (Satanoperca jurupari ‘Nanay’)


A large, peaceful cichlid found throughout parts of the Amazon and Guyana Shield, the Jurupari Eartheater has been a popular fish in the cichlid hobby for decades. Unfortunately they are often misidentified in the trade, with closely-related species being confused for the true S. jurupari (which can be distinguished by the pattern of spots and stripes in the face). Like all eartheaters, they are adapted to ingest mouthfuls of fine sand substrate and sift out small food items like insect larvae and crustaceans. In the aquarium, they tend to do best in groups and will coexist with a variety of similarly peaceful cichlids or other fish species, and they are generally safe even with much smaller fish.