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Spadetail Checkerboard Cichlid (Dicrossus maculatus)


A stunningly marked and rarely seen dwarf cichlid, the Spadetail Checkerboard Cichlid grows slightly larger and displays more intense adult coloration than its more well known relative the common Checkerboard Cichlid (Dicrossus filamentosus). Found in the clearwater Tapajos as well as some surrounding Amazon tributaries, this dwarf cichlid will do best in an aquarium with ample cover in the form of driftwood, live or artificial plants, or other decor.


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

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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.

Orange Shrimp (Caridina cf. propinqua)


The Orange Shrimp, also known as or Orange Sunkist Shrimp is both hardy and vibrantly colored – an excellent choice for those just starting with freshwater shrimp. Like most freshwater shrimp, it is a peaceful, social species best kept in groups and will feed readily on most sinking foods. Although they are an adaptable species, they will do best in slightly soft water and with plenty of cover.

Crystal Red Shrimp (Caridina cf. cantonensis) Grade S


Crystal Red Shrimp are a selectively bred form of Caridina which supposedly originated in Japan some years ago. They are enormously popular due to their striking solid red and white coloration and can be a bit more delicate than some of the more common Neocaridina species, so are best kept by hobbyists with some experience keeping shrimp already. Crystal Red Shrimp prefer soft, lower pH water and do best at slightly lower temperatures. Breeders and serious hobbyist utilize a grading system for these shrimp, with higher grade specimens having a more solid white base coloration with specific shapes and patterns for the red bands. Our S and SS grade shrimp are selectively bred to these standards yet still have vivid bands of deep red on them.

Dwarf Chain Loach / Sidthimunki Botia (Ambastia sidthimunki) – Group of 5 Fish


One of the smallest species of Botia and a longtime favorite in the aquarium hobby, the Dwarf Chain Loach or Sidthimunki Botia is a peaceful, active schooling fish ideally suited to most community or planted tanks. Originally found in river systems along the Thai/Myanmar border, they are now produced commercially for the aquarium trade. Like most Botias and Loaches, they are social fish and should be kept in groups of at least 3 to 5 specimens.

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.

Rio Tigre Zebra Oto (Otocinclus cocama)


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.

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


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.

Wild Green Neon Tetra (Paracheirodon simulans) – Group of 10


A smaller but equally colorful relative to the popular Cardinal and Neon Tetra, the Wild Green Neon inhabits shallow, acidic waters along the Rio Negro and Orinoco in Brazil and Colombia. A peaceful schooling fish, they are best kept in groups of 10 or more, and will display their best coloration in warm, soft water in the aquarium. The addition of tannins to their water by products like Indian Almond Leaves or the use of natural driftwood will also help promote their most vibrant colors and behaviors. A great species for the smaller planted aquarium.

Rummynose Tetra (Hemigrammus rhodostomus) – Group of 10


A hobby classic, the Rummynose Tetra has been popular with generations of aquarium keepers due to its high contrast coloration, peaceful nature, and active schooling behavior. Their characteristic red “nose” is a good indicator of water quality as it will be most vibrant when the fish are healthy and in warm, slightly acidic water. Unfortunately, inbreeding and hybridization of this fish in the aquarium trade have caused many tank raised specimens to lose some of their best color; we offer carefully acclimated wild collected specimens that exhibit vibrant coloration. Best kept in groups of 10 or more fish, they make ideal inhabitants for medium to large planted tanks.

Glowlight Danio (Celestichthys choprae) – Group of 5


A vividly colored and hardy species of Danio originating in the shallow waters of Myamnar’s rivers and lakes, the Glowlight Danio has become a favorite in the hobby in recent years. In the wild, they inhabit clear, well-oxygenated water, usually close to aquatic vegetation or overhanging branches. An extremely active schooling fish, they do best in groups of 10 or more and prefer plenty of open space for swimming. Like most of its close relatives, they are peaceful community fish which will do well with most similarly-sized peaceful tankmates.

Dwarf Pea Puffer (Carinotetraodon travancoricus)


The smallest known species of pufferfish and a true freshwater species, the Pea or Indian Dwarf Puffer is found in shallow, warm, slow-moving waters in Central and Southwestern India. With their small adult size, inquisitive nature, and interesting group dynamics, they are deservedly popular among nano aquarium keepers and they will do well in an aquascaped or planted tank. Best kept in groups, like all puffers they are prone to nip at the fins of their tankmates (especially slow moving or long finned species) so tankmates should be chosen with caution. This species has been successfully bred in the aquarium.

CW009 Green Laser Cory (Corydoras sp. “green laser”)


The Green Laser or Green Stripe Cory is one of the most vividly colored fish in its genus, with an unmistakable fluorescent green stripe arching across its back. Known only from the Ucayali and Maranon rivers in Peru, two headwaters of the Amazon, it is unknown what purpose this unusually bright streak of color serves in the wild but in the aquarium it makes for a remarkable display. Like most Corydoras they are active, peaceful schooling fish that will display their best colors and behaviors in a larger group.

Ruby Tetra (Axelrodia riesei) – Group of 5 Fish


A stunning dwarf tetra found in Colombia’s Rio Meta drainage, the Ruby Tetra lives up to its name, exhibiting a deep red coloration throughout its entire body. With an adult size of only 1″, they are an ideal nano aquarium fish and are deservedly popular with planted aquarium hobbyists as well. Best kept in schools of 5 or more, the Ruby Tetra is an active and hardy fish which will display their best color in a large group an when kept in ideal water conditions.

Red Beckford’s Pencilfish (Nannostomus beckfordi ‘red’) – Group of 5 Fish


The Red form of the popular Beckford’s or Golden Pencilfish is a selectively bred strain which has been developed by breeders over generations to give the fish a vibrant red coloration. One of the hardiest pencilfish, they are well-suited for a peaceful community aquarium and are popular with aquascapers and planted tank hobbyists due to their color and interesting behavior. With their small adult size, they also make a great fish for nano aquariums as well. In the aquarium, they are relatively easy to care for, but care should be taken to ensure larger or faster moving tankmates don’t outcompete them for food.

Cardinal Tetra (Paracheirodon axelrodi) – Group of 10 Fish


One of the most popular and instantly recognizable freshwater aquarium fish, the Cardinal Tetra originates from the dark, acidic waters of the Negro and Orinoco River basins in Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela. With their vivid red and blue coloration, peaceful demeanor, and schooling behavior they are one of the best aquarium fish species in the hobby for beginners and experienced hobbyists alike. Best kept in groups of 10 or more fish, they will get along with most other peaceful tankmates and will thrive in most setups. Our fish are wild collected from Colombia and carefully acclimated, quarantined, and conditioned before shipping to ensure you receive hardy, healthy, vibrant fish.

Neon Green / Kubotai Rasbora (Microdevario kubotai) – Group of 5 Fish


A brilliantly colored and actively schooling “micro” rasbora found throughout parts of Indonesia, the Kubotai or Neon Green Rasbora makes an ideal addition to a small to medium sized community aquarium or planted tank. In the wild, they inhabit slow moving streams and creeks with sandy substrate and clear waters, usually among aquatic plants or fallen branches. A hardy and adaptable fish in the aquarium, they are popular with aquascapers due to their small adult size, active nature, and brilliant coloration. Like most schooling rasboras, they are best kept in groups of 10 or more and will thrive with most similarly-sized peaceful tankmates. Darker substrate, somewhat subdued lighting, and plenty of cover in the aquarium will help bring out their most vibrant green coloration.

Emerald Dwarf Rasbora (Celestichthys erythromicron) – Group of 5 Fish


A popular and attractively marked dwarf cyprinid, the Emerald Dwarf Rasbora is technically not a rasbora at all despite its common name and is in fact a member of the Danio family. Found in the clear, vegetation-rich waters of Inle Lake in Myanmar, the species is considered threatened in the wild although it is bred on a large scale in Indonesia and elsewhere for the aquarium trade. With their tiny adult size and attractive banded pattern, they are a popular species among nano and planted tank hobbyists and make for an impressive display when kept in a group. A schooling, social species, they should be kept in groups of at least 5 fish (10 or more is ideal) and tankmates should be chosen with caution as they may spook this small and somewhat shy fish.

Endler’s Livebearer (Poecilia wingei) – Group of 5 Assorted Males


An aquarium hobby classic, the Endler’s Livebearer or Endler’s Guppy originated with strains of wild livebearers in Venezuela but over decades in the trade has been hybridized with similar species to create a wide array of color patterns, fins, and body shapes. Colorful, hardy, and with a smaller adult size than the more well-known fancy guppy, these tiny livebearers make excellent subjects for nano aquariums or planted tanks. They will do well in a wide variety of water conditions but prefer well-oxygenated, slightly alkaline water. Assortment may include a variety of different strains.

Sparkling Gourami (Trichopsis pumila)


A colorful and active species of Pygmy Gourami native to much of Southeast Asia, the Sparkling Gourami is found in a wide range of shallow water habitats, from acidic blackwater swamps to quiet slow-moving clearwater creeks, usually found close to stands of aquatic plants or submerged vegetation. In the aquarium, they are an ideal resident of nano planted tanks, they are best kept in groups of 5 or more and make ideal tankmates for many of the popular species of microrasbora found throughout Southeast Asia in similar habitats.

Amazon Crystal Tetra (Protocheirodon pi) – Group of 5 Fish


A unique transparent characin found throughout the middle Amazon and its tributaries in Peru, the Amazon Crystal or Pi Tetra is an ideal aquarium fish, peaceful and loosely schooling. In the wild, they are usually found in groups along sandy shallows in clear or black water conditions. A hardy and undemanding fish, they add a unique flair to planted or aquascaped aquariums and are best kept in groups of 5 or more.

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.

CW010 Orange Laser Cory (Corydoras sp. “orange laser”)


The Orange Laser or Orange Stripe Cory is one of the most vividly colored fish in its genus, with an unmistakable fluorescent orange stripe arching across its back. Known from the Ucayali and Maranon rivers in Peru, two headwaters of the Amazon, it is unknown what purpose this unusually bright streak of color serves in the wild but in the aquarium it makes for a remarkable display. Like most Corydoras they are active, peaceful schooling fish that will display their best colors and behaviors in a larger group.

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.