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Chili / Mosquito Rasbora (Boraras brigittae)

Chili / Mosquito Rasbora (Boraras brigittae)

$39.99$299.99

An ideal fish for nano aquariums, the Chili, Mosquito, or Brigittae Rasbora is found in warm, acidic, shallow waters throughout the island of Borneo. With their vibrant red color and peaceful, active nature, they are extremely popular in the hobby and a favorite with planted tank hobbyists. Typically found in true blackwater swamps and creeks, this dwarf rasbora will do best and display optimal color and behavior when provided with an environment similar to their wild habitat, and will benefit from the addition of some tannins from Catappa Leaves or similar botanicals. Although records of the fish exist from Malaysia, Peninsular Thailand, and other parts of Southeast Asia it is likely these fish are close relatives such as Boraras merah and this species is often misidentified in the trade. In the aquarium, they are hardy and will generally thrive under a wide range of conditions but will exhibit their best color if kept in warm, slightly soft water and in groups of at least 10. With their small adult size, larger or fast moving tankmates should be avoided but they will thrive with most small peaceful fish and invertebrates.

Myersi Pygmy Hatchet (Carnegiella myersi)

Myersi Pygmy Hatchet (Carnegiella myersi)

$7.49

The smallest species of Hatchet and a unique addition to a specialty community or aquascaped tank, the Myersi Pygmy Hatchet is primarily found in slow moving shallow waters in the Peruvian Amazon. In the wild, they tend to inhabit clear, warm, slightly acidic water and unlike other hatchet species spend much of their time below the surface mid water column. A social, schooling fish, they will do best in groups of 5 (ideally 8-10) or more in the aquarium and require excellent water quality and peaceful tankmates.

Cardinal Tetra (Paracheirodon axelrodi) - Group of 10 Fish

Cardinal Tetra (Paracheirodon axelrodi)

$29.99$279.99

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. In the wild, they are often found in large aggregations of hundreds to thousands of individual fish alongside other tetra species in very shallow waters, but the species is now widely bred in captivity and will adapt to a range of conditions in the aquarium. With their vivid red and blue coloration, peaceful demeanor, and schooling behavior, the Cardinal Tetra is one of the best aquarium fish species in the hobby for beginners and experienced hobbyists alike and makes for an impressive display in a large group, Best kept in groups of at least 10 or more fish, they will get along with most other peaceful tankmates and will thrive in most setups. Darker substrate, plenty of cover, and a varied high quality diet will ensure the Cardinal Tetra displays their most vivid coloration in the aquarium.

Dusky Narrow Hatchetfish (Triportheus angulatus)

Dusky Narrow Hatchetfish (Triportheus angulatus)

$19.99$24.99

A larger growing, surface dwelling species, the Dusky Narrow Hatchet is found throughout much of the Amazon basin. In the aquarium, they are fast moving and always in motion, best kept in a school of 5 or more fish.  With their size and speed, these tetras make an ideal dither fish for medium sized South American Cichlids. Their tank should be kept tightly covered as they are easily spooked and likely to jump out if given the opportunity.

Bleeding Blue Tetra (Hyphessobrycon margitae)

$9.99

The Bleeding Blue or Peru Red-Blue Tetra is a spectacularly colored medium sized schooling fish found in quiet blackwater streams and flooded forest in the upper Rio Nanay in Peru. Relatively new to the hobby and only recently scientifically described, this tetra is deservedly very sought after in the hobby and remains an uncommon import. Like most medium sized Hyphessobrycon, they’re a peaceful, loosely schooling fish best kept in groups of 8 or more. Subdued lighting, warm temperatures (80F ) and soft, slightly acidic water will help these fish display their best coloration in the aquarium.

Sailfin Tetra (Crenuchus spilurus)Sailfin Tetra (Crenuchus spilurus)

Sailfin Tetra (Crenuchus spilurus)

$11.99$14.99

A beautiful tetra originating in the acidic blackwaters of the Amazon and Orinoco basins, the Sailfin Tetra is a medium-sized species that makes for an impressive display fish as an adult. Both sexes have the namesake large dorsal fin, but mature males will have an extremely elongated, brightly colored fin. In the wild, they tend to be found in small groups in shallow waters, usually in areas with substantial cover in the form of leaf litter, fallen branches, or other vegetation. In the aquarium, they can be shy at first but will quickly become more bold if given plenty of cover. A great and showy fish for densely planted or hardscape tanks.

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.

Tetragonopterus argenteus

Tetragonopterus argenteus

$14.99$22.99

A larger growing characin found throughout much of the Amazon and Orinoco basins, Tetragonopterus argenteus is relatively uncommon in the aquarium hobby.  With their size and bold demeanor, these tetras make an ideal dither fish for medium sized South American Cichlids. Their tank should be kept tightly covered as they are easily spooked and likely to jump out if given the opportunity.

Spotfin Silver Hatchet (Thoracocharax stellatus)

Spotfin Silver Hatchet (Thoracocharax stellatus)

$5.99$6.99

An iconic aquarium fish popular in the hobby for decades, the Spotfin Silver Hatchet is the most widespread of all its relatives in the wild, found through all of Northern South America and some of the southern Amazon tributaries as well. In the aquarium, they are hardy and peaceful schooling fish that will do best in groups of 8 or more. This species is shy by nature and fast moving, large, or aggressive tankmates should be avoided. Their tank should be kept tightly covered as they are easily spooked and likely to jump out if given the opportunity. As a surface feeder, they primarily eat tiny insects in the wild but will accept flake and other small floating foods like freeze dried bloodworms in the aquarium. The Spotfin Silver Hatchet can be distinguished from the common silver hatchet and other similar species by their large, light silver scales and lack of any black pigment except for the spot on the dorsal fin.

Ruby Tetra (Axelrodia riesei) - Group of 5 FishRuby Tetra (Axelrodia riesei) - Group of 5 Fish

Ruby Tetra (Axelrodia riesei) – Group of 5 Fish

$14.99

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.

Gold Tetra (Hemigrammus rodwayi) - Group of 10 Fish

Gold Tetra (Hemigrammus rodwayi) – Group of 10 Fish

$25.99

The Gold or Brass Tetra is widespread throughout South America, and is found in a  variety of habitat types in the wild, usually in large schools. In the aquarium, they are hardy and adaptable, making a great and vividly colored community fish. Their metallic gold pigmentation is actually caused by a harmless parasite that they are exposed to in the wild, which means that tank or pond raised specimens are usually dull in appearance and lack their namesake gold coloration. Like most small schooling tetras, Gold Tetras are best kept in groups of 10 or more, and will usually school with other similarly sized tetras. Our fish are wild collected, colorful, and carefully acclimated – a great addition to planted or nano aquariums.

Congo Tetra (Phenacogrammus interruptus) - Group of 5 Fish

Congo Tetra (Phenacogrammus interruptus) – Group of 5 Fish

$34.99$74.99

An exceptionally beautiful African tetra, the Congo Tetra (Phenacogrammus interruptus) is a relatively peaceful fish endemic to the Congo River Basin. Their rainbow iridescence and long, flowing fins make them a prized community fish among freshwater hobbyists. While not required, this tetra tends to prefer planted tanks with dimmer lighting that imitates its natural environment. The Congo Tetra will be most comfortable and display its best coloration in schools of 5 or more, making a beautiful centerpiece group of fish.

Red Phantom Tetra (Hyphessobrycon sweglesi) - Group of 5 Fish

Red Phantom Tetra (Hyphessobrycon sweglesi) – Group of 5 Fish

$14.99

A colorful, medium growing tetra species found in rivers throughout Orinoco River drainage, the Red Phantom Tetra is deservedly popular in the aquarium hobby and has been commercially bred for decades to the point where wild collected specimens are almost never exported. In the wild, they inhabit slow moving, warm, acidic streams but will adapt to a wide range of conditions in the aquarium. Like most of their close relatives, they are a loosely schooling species that will do best in groups of 5 or more and will get along well with most similarly sized, peaceful tankmates. Subdued lighting, plenty of cover in the form of driftwood or plants, and slightly soft water will help promote vibrant coloration.

 

Sailfin Red Hook Silver Dollar (Myleus setiger)Sailfin Red Hook Silver Dollar (Myleus setiger)

Sailfin Red Hook Silver Dollar (Myleus setiger)

$79.99$119.99

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.

Bleeding Heart Tetra (Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma) – Group of 5

$17.99$22.99

The Bleeding Heart Tetra is an inhabitant of soft, acidic blackwater rivers throughout the middle Amazon, where it is typically found in large shoals. They are named for the distinctive deep red spot found on their ventral surface and the overall bright pink body color adult fish display. A larger species of tetra, they are best kept in groups of 5 or more and make an impressive centerpiece for a medium to large planted aquarium.

Albino Red Pacu (Piaractus brachypomum 'albino')

Albino Red Pacu (Piaractus brachypomum ‘albino’)

$19.99$199.99

One of the larger fish in the Amazon Basin, and an important food fish throughout most of the its range, the Red Belly Pacu is a beautifully marked “gentle giant” suitable for only the largest private aquariums, indoor ponds, or public displays. In the wild, this fish is an opportunistic grazer, which feeds primarily on fallen fruit and nuts from trees overhanging the rivers edge habitat where they are usually found. They are a hardy species, tolerant of a wide range of water conditions – but given their huge size and equally large appetite they will require significant filtration and regular water changes. The Red Pacu will accept almost any frozen or prepared food in the aquarium but should be offered a varied diet heavy in vegetable matter. The Albino morph of this fish only recently entered the market from commercial farms where they are raised primarily as food fish.

Red Beckford's Pencilfish (Nannostomus beckfordi 'red') - Group of 5 Fish

Beckford’s Pencilfish – Group of 5 Fish

$19.99

The Beckford’s or Golden Pencilfish is a colorful, peaceful schooling fish found throughout much of the Amazon basin and which is also bred on a large scale for the aquarium hobby. 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.

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

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

$49.99

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.

Pristella Tetra (Pristella maxillaris)

Pristella Tetra (Pristella maxillaris) – Group of 5 Fish

$21.99

Easily recognizable for their silvery bodies and brightly colored fins, the Pristella Tetra (Pristella maxillaris) is the only member of the Pristella genus and is native to South American coastal rivers. Growing up to 2 inches, these fish are hardy, beautiful, and generally peaceful. The Pristella Tetra will thrive in a schooling group and can easily integrate into a freshwater community tank, growing up to 2 inches.

Dwarf / Maculatus Rasbora (Boraras maculatus) - Group of 10 Fish

Dwarf / Maculatus Rasbora (Boraras maculatus) – Group of 10 Fish

$36.99

A unique and actively schooling “micro” Rasbora found throughout Southern Thailand, Malaysia, and the Sunda Islands, the Dwarf or Maculatus Rasbora makes an ideal addition to a nano aquarium or planted tank. In the wild, they inhabit slow moving streams and creeks with sandy substrate and soft, acidic and often tannin-stained 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 distinctive markings. Like most schooling rasboras, they are best kept in groups of 10 or more and will thrive with most similarly-sized peaceful tankmates.

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Cenepa Red Pencilfish (Nannostomus sp.)Cenepa Red Pencilfish (Nannostomus sp.)

Cenepa Red Pencilfish (Nannostomus sp.)

$64.99

The Cenepa Red Pencilfish or Super Red Cenepa Pencilfish is theorized to be either a newly discovered species or possibly an aberrant variant of the Purple Pencilfish (Nannostomus rubrocaudatus). The Cenepa Red Pencilfish originates from the soft, acidic waters of the Rio Cenepa, a tributary of the Peruvian Amazon. A schooling fish, they are best kept in groups of 5 or more as they will display the best color in the presence of a group. In the aquarium, they make stunning display fish, and are both hardy and active. Feeding a diet high in red color enhancers (like astaxanthin or other carotenoids) will help ensure they maintain their brightest colors.

Trifasciatus Pencilfish (Nannostomus trifasciatus)

Trifasciatus Pencilfish (Nannostomus trifasciatus) – Group of 5 Fish

$14.99$16.99

The Trifasciatus or Three Lined Pencilfish is a colorful, small-growing characin found throughout much of the Amazon basin and Guyana shield. In the wild, these fish inhabit areas of warm, acidic, slow-moving water, typically in large groups alongside tetras or other small schooling fish. 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. This species is hardy and will thrive in a variety of setups, but care should be taken to ensure larger or faster moving tankmates don’t outcompete them for food.