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“New Ranger” Pleco (Pterygoplichthys sp.)

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.

Aba Aba Knifefish (Gymnarchus niloticus)

One of the more unique species of knifefish, the Aba Aba is found throughout much of Africa, where it inhabits shallow, slow moving bodies of water. While juvenile fish are often found in small groups, adults become solitary large predators which like most knifefish use a specialized organ to detect the weak electrical currents generated by other fish. In the aquarium, they tend to be extremely aggressive, often attacking tankmates at night. This combined with their huge adult size makes them best suited for a species tank.

Adonis Pleco (Acanthicus adonis)

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One of the largest and most impressive plecos, Acanthicus adonis is found throughout much of the middle Amazon and Tocantins river basins in South America. With their heavy armor, sharp spines, and huge adult size, this pleco is a true monster fish and adults are suitable only for the largest aquariums. They are slow growers however, often taking years to reach a significant size.

African Afer Knife (Papyrocranus afer)

This uncommon and beautifully marked knifefish is found in slow moving streams and lakes throughout much of Central and West Africa. It is fairly bold for a knifefish and can be aggressive toward some tankmates, so is best suited to an aquarium with similarly-sized fish. They will appreciate some cover in the form of driftwood or aquatic plants (live or artificial).

African Arowana (Heterotis niloticus)

One of the most unique fish in the ancient family of fish known as “bonytongues”, the African Arowana is widespread across freshwater habitats throughout the continent, where they tend to inhabit shallow river or stream banks close to reeds or other vegetation. They are the only fish in their family known to filter feed, sifting through sand and murky water for food items like tiny crustaceans and worms. In the aquarium, juvenile fish will require a steady supply of small food items like live brine or microworms fed several times per day. Larger fish, starting at 2-3″ in size, are usually much easier to feed and will take to prepared foods quickly. They are fairly peaceful fish in the aquarium, and will usually not harass tankmates. Like all Arowana, they are accomplished jumpers so must be kept tightly covered at all times.

African Pike Characin (Hepsetus odoe)

A predatory pike-like characin found throughout much of tropical Africa, H. odoe inhabits shallow rivers and lakes where it primarily feeds on smaller fish. A fast-moving predator, these fish prefer clean, well-oxygenated water and will do best with some cover in the form of floating plants or vegetation. Be sure to keep their aquariums tightly covered as they are likely to jump, especially if spooked.

African Red Cap Moon tetra (Bathyaethiops breuseghemi)

This beautiful and rarely seen African characin (tetra) is found in parts of the Congo River drainage in Central Africa, usually in relatively soft, acidic waters. Best kept in a school, they are fairly peaceful and hardy fish and make undemanding aquarium inhabitants. A great fish for anyone looking to add something unique to their aquarium or for an African biotope aquarium.

African Tiger Fish (Hydrocynus vittatus)

One of the largest and most fearsome predatory fish species found in Africa’s freshwater rivers and lakes, the African Tigerfish is a challenging fish to keep both due to its huge adult size and somewhat delicate temperament. They require clean, well-oxygenated water and will do best with moderate to high water flow. Recommended only for experienced fishkeepers with the largest home aquariums.

African Tiger Scat (Scatophagus tetracanthus)

This rare relative of the more commonly seen Green and Red Scat is found only along the East Coast of Central Africa and Madagascar, where it is found in environments ranging from pure fresh to almost full strength marine waters. Unlike other species of Scatophagus, the Tiger Scat appears to thrive in pure freshwater environments even as adult fish, making them suitable for most freshwater aquariums. They will appreciate relatively hard water and the addition of some salt but are fairly adaptable. They are a schooling fish, and will do best in a group (although they will school with other similarly sized Scat species). A true rarity for collectors and serious hobbyists, these fish are only rarely imported and availability is extremely seasonal.

Aimara Wolf Fish (Hoplias aimara)

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The largest species of Wolf Fish and one of the most impressive predatory fish available in the aquarium hobby, the Aimara or Giant Wolf Fish is a fierce predator suitable only for the largest aquariums – pr perhaps more appropriately indoor ponds. Found throughout much of the Amazon and Orinoco Basins, these fish are powerful fish eaters which use their prominent sharp teeth to grab hold of prey. Despite their bulky appearance, Aimara Wolf Fish are fast swimmers and should be given ample swimming room (and a strong, tight-fitting cover). They are adaptable and generally hardy in the aquarium so long as good water quality is maintained. Due to their enormous adult size and predatory nature, these fish are only recommended for experienced hobbyists with the means to adequately house this species long term.

Albino L191 Dull Eye Royal Pleco (Panaque nigrolineatus)

$2,499.99

A rare and one-of-a-kind albino variant of the L191 Royal Pleco, this stunning fish was collected in the Putumayo region of Colombia and is one of very few albinos of this species ever imported to the US. The fish pictured is the actual fish for sale. Like all Panaques, they appreciate driftwood in the aquarium and should be provided with a varied, primarily vegetable based diet.

Alligator Gar (Atracosteus spatula)

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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.

Altum Angel (Pterophyllum altum)

The most sought after of all the freshwater angels, the Altum or High Back Angel comes from the acidic blackwater reaches of the Orinoco River in Colombia and Venezuela. These beautiful but delicate fish require warm, soft water and excellent water quality to thrive. Best kept in groups of 5 or more, the Altum Angel is an unmistakable show fish ideal for a large display aquarium. Our Altum Angels are imported directly and conditioned carefully in soft water systems before being shipped, allowing us to offer only robust, healthy, well-acclimated fish to our customers.

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

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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.

Amazon Leaf Fish (Monocirrhus polyacanthus)

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.

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

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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.