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Chinese High Fin Banded Shark (Myxocyprinus asiaticus)

Chinese High Fin Banded Shark (Myxocyprinus asiaticus)

$29.99$99.99

An unusual and mostly temperate species of large growing Cyprinid, the Chinese High Fin Banded Shark or Loach originates from parts of the Yangtze drainage in China but is now aquacultured within that country on a fairly large scale. An algae grazer and herbivore, these fish inhabit clear, well-oxygenated waters, often in loose schools. Due to their huge adult size, this fish is best suited for temperate outdoor ponds (either outdoor or indoor), and is often kept with koi or goldfish as an impressive display fish in their own right and useful nuisance algae grazers.

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Fire Eel (Mastacembalus erythrotaenia)Fire Eel (Mastacembelus erythrotaenia)

Fire Eel (Mastacembelus erythrotaenia)

$20.99$349.99

A beautifully marked member of the spiny eel family (Mastacembelidae), the Fire Eel is found in river systems throughout much of Southeast Asia including the islands of Java and Sumatra in Indonesia. In the wild it tends to be found in shallow, relatively slow moving waters including small rivers, swamps, and seasonally flooded forest. In the aquarium, Fire Eels are often shy at first but are intelligent and personable fish which will soon learn to beg for food and recognize their owners. Largely insectivorous in the wild, they will readily feed on live earthworms at first and can be weaned on to frozen foods over time. Although they can and sometimes will eat smaller fish, they are not particularly active hunters and most fast moving tankmates will not be at risk of becoming a meal. Hardy and adaptable, they make an excellent addition to an aquarium large enough to house what will be a substantially large fish as an adult and will get along well with most other fish.

Flagtail Prochilodus (Semaprochilodus taeniurus)

Flagtail Prochilodus (Semaprochilodus taeniurus)

$16.99$199.99

A medium sized, attractively marked characin, the Flagtail Prochilodus (also sometimes known as fei feng) is found throughout much of South America, usually in massive shoals. A peaceful, omnivorous fish, they are a popular and sought after addition to very large community tanks and make great dithers for predatory fish or large cichlids. In the wild, they are a migratory species and cross huge distances to spawn. In the aquarium, they prefer clean, oxygen-rich water with moderate current and will do best with a varied diet high in plant matter. This species can be a useful nuisance algae eater for larger aquariums or those with large or predatory species.

Black Ghost Knifefish (Apteronotus albifrons)

Black Ghost Knifefish (Apteronotus albifrons)

$14.99$149.99

A longtime aquarium favorite, the Black Ghost Knifefish is a distinctive and unusual knifefish found throughout much of the Amazon and its major tributaries. A nocturnal and generally shy fish, like all knifefish they use a weak electrical discharge to sense their surroundings and find food. Although slow growing, they can reach the impressive size of 14″ or more and tend to prey on smaller fish as they grow. Black Ghost Knifefish are intelligent, often learning to eat from their owner’s hands or even to allow themselves to be “pet” once adapted to aquarium life. In the aquarium, they require plenty of cover, and may be outcompeted for food by more aggressive tankmates but are otherwise hardy and adaptable. This species is territorial, and generally best kept one per aquarium especially as adults.

Burmese Clouded Archer (Toxotes blythii)

Burmese Clouded Archer (Toxotes blythii)

$39.99$54.99

One of the true freshwater species of archerfish, the Burmese Clouded Archer (Toxotes blythii) is by far the most beautiful species in its genus. Found on the lower reaches of the Salween River in Southern Myanmar (Burma) along the Thai border, these fish inhabit shallow, clear waters far from the coast. As with all archerfish, this species has the remarkable ability to shoot bursts of water at insects above the water’s surface – which make up the majority of their diet. Care in the aquarium is relatively straightforward, but it is important to remember that like most archerfish they can be hesitant to feed at first, especially if kept with aggressive feeders like cichlids. Most can easily be trained onto prepared foods by offering live feeder insects and floating pellets at the same time, and clouded archers will generally wean onto frozen and prepared diets quickly. We offer specimens well acclimated to aquarium life and feeding on a variety of different prepared (non-live) items.

 

Silver Arowana (Osteoglossum bicirrhosum)

Silver Arowana (Osteoglossum bicirrhosum)

$24.99$159.99

One of the larger predatory fish found in the Amazon Basin, the Silver Arowana is part of an ancient family of fish known as the bonytongues. A highly adapted surface feeder, Arowana are usually found close to the water’s surface in heavily overgrown areas with lots of cover. They are incredible jumpers, with adults able to leap several feet out of the water, and need to be kept in securely covered aquariums. Due to their enormous adult size, the Silver Arowana is recommended only for dedicated aquarists who can accommodate these giants in either a large custom aquarium or even an indoor pond. Specimens offered for sale are acclimated to aquarium life and feeding well on frozen and prepared foods.

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Blackberry Silver Dollar (Myleus schomburgkii 'blackberry')

Blackberry Silver Dollar (Myleus schomburgkii ‘blackberry’)

$89.99$189.99

A rare, selectively bred color form of the Black Bar Silver Dollar (M. schomburgkii), the Blackberry or Blueberry Silver Dollar originated with breeders in Asia and remains a relatively uncommon find in the US. With a distinct blueish-black blotch that covers most of the body and deep red fins, these fish are a colorful and showy addition to any larger community aquarium. Care and behavior is the same as with the more well-known Black Bar or Blue Hook Silver Dollars, and it will readily school with other similar species.

Spider Kelberi Peacock Bass (Cichla kelberi 'spider')

Spider Kelberi Peacock Bass (Cichla kelberi ‘spider’)

$79.99$149.99

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, Cichla kelberi requires a very large aquarium 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.

Hujeta Gar (Ctenolucius hujeta)

Hujeta Gar (Ctenolucius hujeta)

$21.99$39.99

A unique predatory fish found throughout South America, the Hujeta or Silver Gar is not a true gar but related to tetras and other characins. Although they will readily hunt and eat fish smaller than they are, these fish are fairly peaceful towards appropriately-sized tankmates and will do best in small groups. They are fairly hardy fish, and will thrive in a variety of water parameters. Hujeta Gars are surface-dwelling fish, and will jump if given the opportunity so a tight fitting lid is essential.

Half Banded Spiny Eel (Macrognathus circumcinctus)

Half Banded Spiny Eel (Macrognathus circumcinctus)

$9.99$39.99

A small-growing and intricately patterned freshwater eel, the Half Banded or Zig Zag Spiny Eel is found in a variety of habitats throughout Myanmar, Thailand, and other parts of Southeast Asia. Hardy and more outgoing than many of their relatives, these fish make a unique addition to medium to large aquariums and will generally do well with any fish too large to become a meal. Like most spiny eels, they can be a bit slow to feed at first, so care should be taken to ensure they are getting enough food. Frozen bloodworms are usually accepted readily.

Leopard Ctenopoma (Ctenopoma acutirostre)

Leopard Ctenopoma (Ctenopoma acutirostre)

$9.99$14.99

A beautifully marked and unique fish found throughout much of Central Africa, the Leopard Bushfish or Leopard Ctenopoma is a medium growing species which inhabits relatively shallow, warm, slow moving waters in the wild. Although they are not a large fish, they are adept predators, hunting invertebrates and smaller fishes among leaf litter and aquatic vegetation. In the aquarium, they are hardy and adaptable, and will thrive in small groups or with other similarly sized peaceful tankmates. This species will prey on smaller fish and invertebrate tankmates if given the opportunity but will also readily accept frozen and prepared foods.

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African Butterfly Fish (Pantodon bucholzi)

African Butterfly Fish (Pantodon bucholzi)

Original price was: $22.99.Current price is: $19.99.

The African Butterfly Fish is a unique, surface-dwelling fish found throughout much of West and Central Africa. In the wild, it typically inhabits shallow, slow moving waters close to aquatic vegetation or among the roots of floating plants. Their distinctive upward hinged mouths allows them to quickly ambush small fish and insects at the waters surface. In the aquarium, they are hardy and undemanding but will do best with plenty of cover close to the surface and should not be kept with any tankmates small enough to become a meal.

Spotted Silver Dollar (Metynnis lippincottianus)

Spotted Silver Dollar (Metynnis lippincottianus)

$12.99$59.99

A colorful and attractively marked relative of the common Silver Dollar – a longtime hobby favorite – the Spotted Silver Dollar is a large schooling fish found throughout much of the Amazon basin. Although it grows to a fairly large size as an adult, it is one of the smaller species in the genus and is a hardy and active aquarium fish and make excellent dither fish for large cichlids or in a mixed species community tank of appropriate size. An omnivore in nature, they will eat almost any food offered but should be given a varied diet including some vegetable based foods.

Papuan Freshwater Sole (Brachirus selheimi)

Papuan Freshwater Sole (Brachirus selheimi)

$29.99

A unique smaller species of the primarily marine-dwelling sole, the Papuan Freshwater Sole is native to the coastal waters of New Guinea and Northeastern Australia. It inhabits shallow streams and swamps with fine sand substrate, where they spend most of their time burrowed, waiting to ambush prey. In the aquarium, they are a relatively hardy species but typically require live small prey items, at least at first until they can be weaned onto frozen foods like bloodworms or mysis shrimp. They should be provided with fine sand substrate and any tankmates should be peaceful fish too large to be eaten.

Tire Track Eel (Mastacembelus armatus)

Tiretrack Eel (Mastacembelus armatus)

$25.99$149.99

An intricately marked member of the spiny eel family (Mastacembelidae), the Tiretrack Eel is found in river systems throughout much of Southeast Asia including Java and Sumatra in Indonesia. In the wild it tends to be found in shallow, relatively slow moving waters including small rivers, swamps, and seasonally flooded forest. In the aquarium, Tiretrack Eels are often shy at first but are intelligent and personable fish which will soon learn to beg for food and recognize their owners. A predator in the wild, they will readily feed on live feeder fish and earthworms at first and can be weaned on to frozen foods over time. Hardy and adaptable, they make an excellent addition to an aquarium large enough to house what will be a substantially large fish as an adult and will get along well with most tankmates too large to be eaten.

Peters Elephant Nose Fish (Gnathonemus petersii)

Peters Elephant Nose Fish (Gnathonemus petersii)

$24.99$54.99

One of the most unusual of the Mormyrids (a family of weakly electric fish found primarily in Africa), Peter’s Elephant Nose is found throughout much of Western and Central Africa, where it inhabits slow moving, shallow waters usually over muddy or sandy substrate. Their namesake snout is used to root through substrate to find small prey items. In the aquarium, they can be a somewhat finicky eater at first, but will usually accept frozen bloodworms, mysis, and other similar foods. Ideally, these fish should be kept singly as more than one Elephant Nose in the same tank are likely to fight. They should also be kept with peaceful tankmates to avoid bullying or the fish being outcompeted for food.

Snakehead Gudgeon (Giuris margaritacea)

Snakehead Gudgeon (Giuris margaritacea)

$49.99$139.99

A large, spectacularly colored goby found throughout much of the tropical Indo-Pacific, the Snakehead Gudgeon or Ornate Sleeper Goby is an adaptable species found in brackish to pure freshwater habitats. In the aquarium, they are hardy and undemanding, and will live in groups as long as ample space and cover is provided for each fish to stake out a territory. Generally peaceful towards fish too small to be eaten, but robust enough to hold their own against semiaggressive tankmates, this species makes an impressive addition to a medium to large community aquarium.

Tiger Moray Eel (Gymnothorax polyuranodon)

Tiger Moray Eel (Gymnothorax polyuranodon)

$179.99$239.99

One of the only species of Moray Eels to inhabit true freshwater environments, the Tiger Moray (G. polyuranodon) is a rarity in the hobby due to the remote areas it inhabits in West Papua, Indonesia. A hardy and adaptable fish, it can tolerate freshwater to almost full strength marine conditions if acclimated carefully. In the wild, they feed primarily on crustaceans and small fish, and like most Morays tong feeding is often the best way to get them used to frozen foods. They are a remarkable escape artist and any tank housing these fish should be completely escape-proof.

Centipede Knifefish (Steatogenys duidae)Centipede Knifefish (Steatogenys duidae)

Centipede Knifefish (Steatogenys duidae)

$29.99$34.99

A peaceful and cryptic knifefish species, the Centipede or Sierra Knife is found throughout much of the Amazon basin where it is found in shallow water areas, usually among leaf litter. They feed on insect larvae and crustaceans in the wild but in the aquarium usually take to frozen foods very quickly. A social species, they are best kept in groups in the aquarium and should be provided with plenty of cover in the form of driftwood and leaf litter. This species is shy by nature and tends to feed at night or in dim lighting, so tankmates if any should be chosen carefully as they are easily outcompeted for food by fast moving fish or more aggressive eaters.

 

Red Tail Giant Gourami (Osphronemus laticlavius)

Red Tail Giant Gourami (Osphronemus laticlavius)

$39.99$129.99

The Red Tail Giant Gourami is a less common species of Giant Gourami which develops striking red caudal and dorsal fins as it matures.  As a true giant, it lives up to its name, reaching an adult size of over 20″ in many cases. Despite their large size, they are typically gentle giants, and are extremely personable “pet” fish that will beg for food and often learn to recognize their owners. They are hardy and undemanding but will need a suitably large tank to be kept successfully. In the wild, much of their diet consists of fruit and they will happily accept treats like strawberries and grapes in the aquarium.

Freshwater Lionfish/Toadfish (Allenbatrachus grunniens)

Freshwater Lionfish/Toadfish (Allenbatrachus grunniens)

$34.99$44.99

A unique predatory species, the freshwater “lionfish” is actually a species of toadfish found in marine and brackish waters throughout coastal Southeast Asia. A well-camouflaged ambush predator, they lie in wait for unsuspecting smaller fish and can take down fish nearly their own size with their surprisingly large mouths. In the aquarium, they are best kept in at least lightly brackish conditions and certainly benefit from the addition of at least some salt for long term success.

Humphead Carp (Incisilabeo behri)Humphead Carp (Incisilabeo behri)

Humphead Carp (Incisilabeo behri)

$49.99$69.99

The Humphead Carb (Incisilabeo behri) formerly Bangana behri, is an unusual cpyrinid found through the Mekong and its tributaries in Southeast Asia in fast-moving waters. While juvenile fish are not particularly distinctive, as these fish grow they develop a large, distinctive hump on their forehead (similar to the nuchal hump seen on cichlids). A grazer and omnivore, they will readily eat hair algae and diatoms, making them a useful as well as impressive addition to large predatory fish tanks. Best kept in groups of 3 or more.

Royal Clown Knifefish (Chitala blanci)

Royal Clown Knifefish (Chitala blanci)

$59.99$149.99

An uncommon and beautifully marked species of knifefish, the Royal Clown Knife (Chitala blanci) is found in fast-moving waters of the middle Mekong along the Thailand – Laos border. A predatory species with a surprisingly large mouth, they can easily eat fish up to 1/3rd their size in many cases. Despite their predatory nature, they are peaceful towards nearly all tankmates too big to be eaten. Often shy at first, they will do best in an aquarium with ample hiding spaces and moderate to strong water movement. Over time, they will become more bold and active in the aquarium and larger specimens make impressive display fish with their vivid silver sheen, long undulating fin, and striking reticulated pattern of black markings which typically grows more intricate as the fish grows.

Albino Senegal Bichir (Polypterus senegalus)Albino Senegal Bichir (Polypterus senegalus)

Albino Senegal Bichir (Polypterus senegalus)

$14.99$64.99

The Senegal, or Common Bichir (also known as Dinosaur Eel) is the most widespread species of Polypterus in Africa, inhabiting shallow waters across a huge geographic area. This species is also the most common in the aquarium hobby and has been commercially bred in Asia for years. The albino variant is typically solid white white or gold with pink eyes and is a prized showpiece specimen in the aquarium.

 

Thermometer Knifefish (Gymnorhamphichthys hypostomus)

Thermometer Knifefish (Gymnorhamphichthys hypostomus)

$44.99$54.99

A strange elongated knifefish found through much of the middle Amazon, the Thermometer Knife is a sand dweller, spending much of its time buried in fine sand with just its head visible above the surface. They use their long, sensitive snouts and sensitivity to electrical impulses to find small prey items like worms, insect larvae, and crustaceans buried in the substrate. In the aquarium, they are hardy fish but can easily be outcompeted for food by faster or more aggressive tankmates so are best kept in a species tank or with other peaceful, slow moving species. Like all knifefish, they are primarily active at night but will occasionally emerge during the day to forage and explore. Although two species in the genus Gymnorhamphichthys are often referred to as “thermometer knife”, G. hypostomus is the more commonly seen species in the trade.