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Bucktooth Tetra (Exodon paradoxus)

$5.99$7.99

A medium-sized predatory characin found throughout the Amazon Basin, the Bucktooth Tetra or Exodon is a schooling fish and best kept in a group. In the wild, they feed off the fins, scales of larger fish. In the aquarium, they are best kept in a species tank, as they will harass most tankmates. They will readily accept most prepared and frozen foods.

Amazon Leaf Fish (Monocirrhus polyacanthus)

$22.99$34.99

An amazing example of mimicry in nature, the Amazon Leaf Fish both looks and acts exactly like a dead leaf as a sneaky way to lull its prey into a sense of security. When small fish venture too close, it extends its surprisingly large mouth and inhales them in one quick motion. In the aquarium, they make for an extremely unique display fish, especially in small groups. They are peaceful with nearly any fish too big to be eaten, but tankmates should be chosen carefully as fast-moving or aggressive fish can cause them stress. Although they are relatively hardy, feeding can be a challenge as they can be difficult to wean off live food fish or insects.

Silver Arowana (Osteoglossum bicirrhosum)

$22.99$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.

Temensis Peacock Bass (Cichla temensis)

$24.99$199.99

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.

 

Alligator Gar (Atracosteus spatula)

$39.99$64.99

The largest species of true gar, the Alligator Gar is native to the temperate and subtropical waters of North America. Like all gar, they are predators, feeding on fish, frogs, and vertebrates. In the wild, the fish can easily get 8 feet or more in length, and should be considered only suitable for the largest custom aquariums or large ponds.

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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.

Black-barred Myleus (Myleus schomburgkii)

$37.99$54.99

A distincively marked schooling characin, the Black Bar Silver Dollar makes an impressive dither fish in a tank of large cichlids or predatory fish or as a centerpiece fish on their own. With their distinctive vertical black bars, elongated dorsal and anal fins, and combination of silver, red, and iridescent blue coloration, mature specimens are impressive fish and will display the best behavior and color in a group of 5 or more fish. With a wide range spanning much of the Amazon and Orinoco basins, M. schomburgkii has several distinctive regional color variants, with the Orinoco form also known as “blue hook” or “emperor blue hook” due to the iridescent blue they display as adults.

Amazon Puffer (Colomesus asellus)

$28.99$39.99

A true freshwater pufferfish found throughout the entire Amazon Basin, the Amazon Puffer is a small growing and relatively peaceful species that usually inhabits shallow water habitat. In the aquarium, they are one of the few puffer species which will thrive in groups, and they are generally safe with similarly-sized, fast moving tankmates. Amazon Puffers are primarily carnivores but will usually accept a wide variety of frozen and freeze dried foods.

Spotted Silver Dollar (Metynnis lippincottianus)

$12.99$34.99

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, they are 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.

Black Ghost Knifefish (Apteronotus albifrons)

$14.99$139.99

A long time aquarium favorite, the Black Ghost Knifefish is a distinctive and unusual fish originating from the Amazon and its 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.

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Leporinus granti

$44.99$74.99

One of the most attractively marked of all Leporinus, L. granti is found throughout much of South America but extremely rare in the hobby. A large, fast-swimming, but relatively peaceful species, they make an excellent tankmate for large, peaceful cichlids.

True Armatus Payara (Hydrolycus armatus)

$49.99$199.99

The largest and most sought after species of Payara or Sabertooth Barracuda, the Armatus Payara is found throughout much of South America, where it tends to inhabit waters with moderate to strong current. With their unique, flattened body shape, they spend most of their time hanging motionless against the direction of the water flow, waiting for prey to drift by. They use lightning-fast reflexes and their namesake saber-like teeth to grab hold of their prey, which can be fish up to half their own size. In the aquarium, payara often require live foods – at least at first – and do best in well-oxygenated water with plenty of water movement.

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Giant Bumblebee Catfish (Pseudopimelodus bufonius)

$19.99$39.99

An attractively marked, medium sized catfish, the Giant Bumblebee Catfish (sometimes also called Jello or Jelly Cat) is found throughout the Orinoco and Amazon basins. In the wild, it tends to be found in relatively shallow, slow moving waters – often buried in leaf litter – and is an ambush predator, feeding on small fish, insects, and crustaceans. In the aquarium, they are extremely hardy and undemanding fish, feeding on most sinking prepared foods. Like most catfish, they are nocturnal, and will spend most of the day in hiding so be sure to offer several hiding places.

Marble Gar (Boulengerella maculata)

$19.99$29.99

A unique predatory characin found throughout much of the Amazon Basin, the Marble Gar is commonly found in small groups at the surface of shallow water in the wild, where they hunt for shoals of smaller fish and insects. In the aquarium, they can be skittish fish, especially at first, and will do best with some cover in the form of floating plants or driftwood close to the surface. They are best kept in groups of 3 or more, and will school with other larger characins. Primarily a live fish eater, they will usually require live food but can be weaned onto frozen or prepared diets over time.

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Prehistoric Monster Fish (Thalassophryne amazonica)

$69.99$74.99

A rarely seen and cryptic species found throughout the middle Amazon, the Prehistoric Monster Fish is actually a pure freshwater species of toadfish. Like its marine relatives, it is an ambush predator, lying in wait (often buried in sand) for prey to swim by. It is also venomous, and care should be taken when netting or otherwise handling the fish. In the aquarium, they are shy and spend most of their time hiding and camouflaged to their surroundings but can be weaned onto non-live food over time.

Yellow Tail Barracuda (Acestrorhynchus microlepis)

$24.99$49.99

A fast-moving predatory characin, the Yellow Tail Barracuda is commonly found in small groups in open water in the wild, where they hunt for shoals of smaller fish like tetras. In the aquarium, they can be skittish fish, especially at first, and will do best with some cover in the form of floating plants or driftwood close to the surface. They are best kept in groups of 3 or more, and will school with other larger characins. Primarily a live fish eater, they will usually require live food but can be weaned onto frozen or prepared diets over time.

Spider Kelberi Peacock Bass (Cichla kelberi ‘spider’)

$99.99

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, 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.

Ornate Pimelodus Catfish (Pimelodus ornatus)

$44.99

A larger-growing cousin of the popular, well-known Spotted Pictus, the Ornate Pim Catfish is found throughout much of the Amazon and its tributaries but is uncommon in the hobby. With its distinctive black and white banding, silver base, and striped pattern, they are a beautiful and extremely active fish in the aquarium. With a maximum size of around 12″, they are much more manageable as adult fish than many other large growing catfish seen in the trade. Although they are generally peaceful, tankmates should be chosen with care as they will eat any fish small enough to fit in their mouths.

Dwarf Redtail Barracuda (Acestrorhynchus nasutus)

$22.99

Unlike their larger namesake, the rarely-seen Dwarf Redtail Barracuda only grows to a manageable 6″ size, although they are often misidentified in the trade. A fast-moving predatory characin, they are commonly found in small groups in shallow water in the wild, where they hunt for shoals of smaller fish like tetras. In the aquarium, they can be skittish fish, especially at first, and will do best with some cover in the form of floating plants or driftwood close to the surface. They are best kept in groups of 3 or more, and will school with other larger characins. Primarily a live fish eater, they will usually require live food but can be weaned onto frozen or prepared diets over time.

Brown Ghost Knifefish (Apteronotus leptorhynchus)

$9.99$12.99

Although less well known than the popular Black Ghost Knifefish, the Brown Ghost is a similarly unique species of knifefish found throughout much of the Amazon basin. A hardy species, they feed on insect larvae, crustaceans, and small fish in the wild but in the aquarium usually take to frozen foods very quickly. They are usually found in areas of slow water movement and in warm, acidic water. Although they can be territorial towards each other in the aquarium, it is possible to keep them in small groups as long as ample cover is provided.

 

Sailfin Red Hook Silver Dollar (Myleus setiger)

$79.99

A rarely seen species of Myleus (commonly referred to as Silver Dollars in the trade), the Sailfin Red Hook or Myleus setiger originates in the rivers and streams of Guyana and Suriname. It has only rarely been seen in the aquarium hobby, but adults develop extremely elongated, deep red dorsal and anal fins as well as a reticulated or blotchy pattern on the body. These tank-bred specimens from Asia are a new and rare offering.

Ripsaw / Niger Catfish (Oxydoras niger)

$49.99$599.99

A gentle giant found throughout much of the Amazon basin, the Ripsaw or Niger Catfish is among the largest South American catfish. With distinctive saw-like scales running down their sides and dark black coloration, they are an impressive show fish but due to their enormous adult size are best suited for large custom aquariums or indoor ponds. In the wild, they use their sensitive barbels to scour sandy or muddy river bottoms for food, which primarily consists of insect larvae, worms, and crustaceans. In the aquarium they will readily accept almost any sinking prepared or frozen foods.

Dot Dash Leporinus (Leporinus steyermarki)

$7.99$59.99

An uncommon and attractively marked species of Leporinus, the Dot Dash Leporinus is found throughout the Orinoco Basin in Colombia and Venezuela. It is found in a variety of habitat types, from fast flowing waters to shallow blackwater swamps. Like most of their close relatives, they are best kept in groups of 3-5 or more as they are a social fish. While they can be prone to nipping fins on slow moving tankmates, they make excellent dither fish for medium to large South American Cichlids or other fast moving larger fish.

Redfin Leporinus (Pseudanos varii)

$19.99$49.99

An uncommon Anostomid found throughout several major river systems in South America, the Redfin Leporinus is a loosely schooling species similar to the more well-known banded Leporinus (L. fasciatus). In the wild, they tend to inhabit fast moving acidic waters, usually in rocky areas close to large boulders or caves and use their specialize mouths to graze on algae, biofilms, and small insects and crustaceans. In the aquarium, they do best in fast-moving, well-oxygenated water and is best kept in groups of 3 or more. Like their close relatives, they may nip fins of slower moving fish so tankmates should be fast swimmers as well.