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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 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.

Peters Elephantnose Fish (Gnathonemus petersii)


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.

Jelly Bean Tetra (Ladegasia roloffi)


A rarely seen nano-sized tetra from West Africa, the Jelly Bean Tetra is found in shallow, warm waters in Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon. A peaceful schooling fish, their care requirements are similar to most small tetra species and they are a hardy and colorful community fish.

Neolamprologus hecqui – Group of 5 Fish


A medium sized and robust shell-dwelling species of cichlids found in Africa’s Lake Tanganyika, N. hecqui or Hecq’s Lamprologus makes for a unique display fish due to their vivid pattern and bold, fascinating behavior. In the wild, these cichlids inhabit dense fields of empty snail shells at the bottom of the lake, where each fish will stake a territory in an individual shell and defend it from others. In the aquarium, they are hardy and adaptable but prefer alkaline water and should be provided with shells or similar structure for them to establish territories in. One of the more territorial species of shell dwelling cichlids, they should be given ample space and may bully smaller tankmates.

Buffalo Head Cichlid (Steatocranus casuarius)


A medium-sized, stream dwelling cichlid originating in the Congo River basin in Central Africa, the Buffalo Head, Lionhead, or Blockhead Cichlid has been popular in the aquarium hobby for many years and is now commercially bred for the trade. In the wild, these fish are adapted for life in fast-flowing waters, and are powerful swimmers with reduced swim bladders which spend most of their time on the bottom of the aquarium. An active and interesting aquarium resident, they prefer fine substrate and plenty of structure in the form of rocks or driftwood. Males will pick out and actively defend a territory from rivals but are generally peaceful towards other tankmates. Although hardy and adaptable, they will do best in conditions similar to their wild habitat, especially well-oxygenated water with moderate to strong current.

Spotted Damba Cichlid (Paretroplus maculatus)


A rare species of Madagascan Cichlid, the Spotted Damba or Damba Mipentina is a large growing, bold and active species found in slow-moving rivers and lakes in Northwestern Madagascar. In the wild, they are critically endangered due to habitat destruction and competition from introduced species like Tilapia, but tank-bred specimens are available from time to time in the hobby. Like some of the other members of its genus, P. maculatus is often found in shoals in the wild, and will do best in a group of 5 or more. Aggressive and often extremely territorial, they are best kept in a species tank or with other robust, large tankmates that are not at risk of being picked on. Spotted Damba are voracious eaters, and should be fed a varied diet including some algae or vegetable based foods.

Premium Assorted Male Peacock Cichlid (Aulonocara sp.)


One of the most popular groups of all African Rift Lake Cichlids, the Peacocks of the genus Aulonocara are large, bold, and vividly colored fish that inhabit the rocky shoreline areas of Lake Malawi. In the wild, these fish are found in loose aggregations, with males taking up and defending territories among the rocks. In the aquarium, they are aggressive and territorial, and ideally should only be kept with other Rift Lake Cichlids or larger Synodontis catfish species. Their aggression can be tempered by keeping them in large groups with lots of caves or rockwork for cover. Peacock Cichlids are largely herbivores and should be fed a diet high in algae or vegetable matter. Although hardy and very adaptable, they will display their best coloration in hard, alkaline water. This premium assortment consists of both wild type and line bred strains including Sulphur Head, Lemon “Jakes” (A. jacobfreibergi), O.B., Dragon Blood, and others.

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Cuckoo Catfish (Synodontis multipunctatus)


One of the more colorful and popular species of Synodontis, S. multipunctatus is known as the Cuckoo Catfish due to its habit of laying eggs in the nests of larger cichlid species, which then care for the young catfish as if they were their own offspring (a practice known as “brood parasitism”). Found in the cichlid-rich, rocky waters of Lake Tanganyika in Central Africa, these fish make excellent aquarium specimens and are typically bold and active fish. We are pleased to offer locally bred F1 specimens from wild-collected broodstock.

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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.

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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.

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Clown Killifish (Epiplatys annulatus)


A tiny and beautifully patterned Killifish found throughout much of West Africa, the Clown Killi has been popular in the aquarium hobby for years despite being somewhat difficult to find. In the wild, these fish are found in aggregations in lowland tropical swamps and tiny streams, usually in acidic, tannin-stained waters. In the aquarium, they are relatively hardy but do best in warm, slightly soft water with ample cover in the form of plants or branching driftwood. Like most Killifish, they tend to swim close to the water’s surface and will jump if given the opportunity so a tight fitting cover is essential. A social fish, they will do best in groups of 8-10 or more, and if given ample space will form pairs and sometimes spawn.

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Adonis Tetra (Lepidarchus adonis)


A rarely seen nano-sized tetra from West Africa, the Adonis or Spotted Tetra is found in shallow, warm waters, usually in large shoals. A peaceful schooling fish, their care requirements are similar to most small tetra species and they are a hardy and colorful community fish.