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Bumblebee Jelly Catfish (Batrochoglanis cf. raninus)


One of many similar looking species of South American Bumblebee Catfish, the Bumblebee Jelly Cat is a medium growing species with a flattened body and very wide mouth. In the wild, they are a cryptic ambush predator, relying on their camouflage pattern to blend into areas of leaf litter or submerged driftwood. In the aquarium, they are a hardy species that will rarely bother tankmates as long as they are too big to fit into their large mouths.

L453 King Arabesque/Moa Pleco (Panaqolus sp. L453)


With intricate black and white markings and its impressive lyre tail, the King Arabesque or Moa Pleco remains a sought after rarity in the aquarium hobby much less common than the unrelated L260 or Queen Arabesque. Originating in remote stretches of the Peru/Brazil border, this medium growing pleco is a wood eater like the rest of its genus but should be given a varied diet including algae- and protein-based foods. In the aquarium, they appreciate some current and plenty of driftwood for cover and for grazing.

Black Morpho Tetra (Poecilocharax weitzmani)


A spectacularly colored and uncommon Tetra found throughout the black waters of the Rio Orinoco and Rio Negro basins in South America, the Black Morpho or Black Darter Tetra typically inhabits warm, shallow water habitat with lots of cover in the form of fallen branches and leaf litter. They are often found alongside more well known tetras such as Cardinals and Rummynose, especially as juvenile fish. Adult males in particular display an impressive sail-like dorsal fin and iridescent black and purple scales. Similar to the more commonly seen Sailfin Tetras, they can be a bit aggressive with one another for a tetra and are best kept in larger groups in aquariums with ample space for them to stake out territories.

Garnet Tetra (Hemigrammus pulcher)


An uncommon but nicely marked  tetra, the Garnet, Pretty, or Black Wedge Tetra is an ideal community fish for a medium to large aquarium and makes an excellent schooling fish when kept in an appropriate sized group. Extremely hardy, colorful, and always active, they tend to inhabit the upper levels of the water column in the aquarium and make an impressive addition to an aquascaped or planted tank. Garnet Tetras are a hardy and undemanding species and will generally do well under a range of water conditions.

Giant Checkerboard / Hercules Cichlid (Crenicara punctulata)


A rarely imported dwarf cichlid found throughout parts of the Amazon and Essequibo River basins in South America, the Giant Checkerboard or Hercules Cichlid is a colorful and entertaining species ideal for a small to medium planted or mixed species community aquarium. Like the more common Checkerboard Cichlid (D. filamentosus), these are a social dwarf cichlid, often found in large groups in the wild. They tend to stay close to the bottom level of the aquarium and will do best with sand substrate and plenty of cover in the form of driftwood, live plants, rockwork or caves.

San Juan Cory (Corydoras bilineatus)


The San Juan Cory is an attractively marked smaller species found in the middle Amazon and its tributaries in Peru, Western Brazil, and Bolivia. Like most Corys, they are peaceful, hardy, and best kept in groups due to their schooling nature. This species is a medium-growing Corydoras and will do well with nearly any non-aggressive tankmates.

Fairy Spotted Cory (Corydoras atropersonatus)


The Fairy Spotted or Atropersonatus Cory is an attractive and less commonly seen species found in certain middle Amazon tributaries in Peru. In the wild, it inhabits shallow stretches of open sand, usually in clear or slightly tannin-stained waters. Like most Corys, they are peaceful, hardy, and best kept in groups due to their schooling nature. This species is a medium-growing Corydoras and will do well with nearly any non-aggressive tankmates.

Skunk Cory (Corydoras granti)


A popular and attractively marked species of Corydoras found throughout much of the Amazon basin, the Skunk Cory has been popular in the aquarium hobby for many years . Like most Corys, they are peaceful, hardy, and best kept in groups due to their schooling nature. This species is a medium-growing Corydoras and will do well with nearly any non-aggressive tankmates.

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Red Tail Hemiodus (Hemiodus gracilis)


A medium-sized schooling tetra relative, the Red Tail, Red Line, or Slender Hemiodus is widespread throughout the Amazon and Orinoco basins, where it is usually found in large mixed species shoals alongside other schooling tetras. A fast and somewhat skittish fish at first, they make for an impressive display in a larger mixed species aquarium and make excellent tankmates for most other peaceful fish. This species prefers warm, slightly acidic water and will do best when given plenty of cover in the form of driftwood or tall plants.

Leaf Goblinfish (Neovespicula depressifrons)


A fascinating dwarf waspfish found in slightly brackish to marine waters in the Indo-Pacific, the Leaf Goblinfish (also known as Indian Panther Goby) only grows to an adult size of about 4″. In the wild, they are a cryptic species typically found in shallow water among vegetation or other cover. They are an ambush predator, waiting for insects larvae, small crustaceans, and tiny fish. In the aquarium, they can be challenging to wean off live foods at first but will usually accept frozen foods like brine, mysis, and bloodworms over time. An adaptable fish usually found in intertidal zones, they can handle a wide range of salinity up to full strength marine but will do well at the lower range of brackish water salinities as well.

Borneo Red Fin Silver Shark (Cyclocheilichthys janthochir)


An uncommon, medium-growing “shark” (actually a member of the barb family), the Borneo Redfin Shark is typically found in acidic, black water streams, rivers, and pools throughout Borneo. A hardy and peaceful species, they will do well in a wide range of water conditions but will show their best coloration in warm, soft water. In the aquarium, they are best kept in groups of 3 or more and will generally do well with other similar schooling fish.

L025 7 Pointer Scarlet Cactus Pleco (Pseudacanthicus pirarara)


Nicknamed “7 Pointer” for the 7 super red fins, the 7 Pointer Scarlet Cactus or L025 is one of the most sought after species in its genus. This heavily armored pleco, is found in the fast-flowing rocky waters of Brazil’s Rio Xingu, they are almost prehistoric in appearance, with prominent spines along the pectoral, dorsal, and caudal fins. Growing to almost 18″ as adults, they require a large aquarium with excellent water quality and are recommended for experienced hobbyists.