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Tigrinus Catfish (Brachyplatystoma tigrinum)

$199.99

A remarkably patterned, large-growing predatory catfish, the True Tigrinus catfish is found throughout the middle Amazon in Brazil and Peru, where it is a prized food fish. Juvenile fish are grayish at first, developing their distinct striping pattern as they grow. Tigrinus Catfish tend to be found in fast-moving stretches of murky water, and they rely on their sensitive barbels much more than their limited eyesight to find prey. In the aquarium, they prefer dim lighting, ample hiding places, and pristine water quality (maintaining high levels of dissolved oxygen is especially important).

Apure Jelly Catfish (Cephalosilurus apurensis)

$99.99$149.99

An unusual predatory catfish with an enormous mouth, the Apure Jelly Catfish is found in parts of the Orinoco drainage in Colombia and Venezuela. An ambush predator by nature, they tend to lie in wait for their prey at the bottom of shallow waters partially buried in leaf litter or sandy substrate. In the aquarium, they should only be kept with tankmates of equal (or ideally, larger) size, as they will attempt to eat fish close to their own size.

Peru Piraiba Catfish (Brachyplatystoma capapretum)

$99.99

One of the largest of the Amazon giant catfish, the Piraiba (or Salton, as it is known in Peru) is an important food fish throughout much of its range, which extends from the headwaters of the Amazon in the Andes to its mouth at the far Eastern edge of Brazil. Known to undertake massive migrations to spawn, this open water predator is typically found in murky, fast-moving waters in main river channels and due to its huge adult size and active nature is only suitable for the largest custom aquariums or indoor ponds.

Harlequin Lancer Catfish (Bagroides melapterus)

$69.99

A uniquely patterned catfish species originating in freshwater streams and rivers of Indonesia, the Harlequin Lancer is an active, aggressive fish which will do best in a large tank with ample hiding places. Tankmates should be chosen carefully as they will attack slower or more docile fish, especially at night.

False Tigrinus / Juruense Catfish (Brachyplatystoma juruense)

$59.99

A remarkably patterned, large-growing predatory catfish, the Juruense or False Tigrinus is widely distributed throughout the Amazon Basin, where it is a prized food fish. Although juvenile fish tend to be a drab dark gray with some striping, as they grow this fish will develop a striking pattern of black stripes on an off white or occasionally even cream-colored background, extending to the intricately striped tail. There is an enormous amount of variability in this species so it is extremely difficult to predict how young fish will develop as they get older. Juruense Catfish tend to be found in fast-moving stretches of murky water, and they rely on their sensitive barbels much more than their limited eyesight to find prey. In the aquarium, they prefer dim lighting, ample hiding places, and pristine water quality (maintaining high levels of dissolved oxygen is especially important).

Giant Bumblebee Catfish (Pseudopimelodus bufonius)

$34.99$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.

Granulated Catfish (Pterodoras granulosus)

$39.99

A huge armored catfish found throughout many of the larger rivers of South America, the Soldier or Bacu Catfish is a unique scavenging species which feeds on detritus, dead fish, invertebrates, and even fruit in the wild.

Red Cetopsis Catfish (Denticetopsis sp.)

$22.99

This smaller growing relative of the more well-known Blue Dolphin or Blue Cetopsis Catfish is found in the rivers and small creeks surrounding Iquitos, Peru, where it spends most of the day hiding among fallen logs and driftwood. At night, or when they smell food in the water, they are incredibly fast and active swimmers, engaging in a shark-like “feeding frenzy” behavior. Unlike their larger relatives which are known for taking substantial bites out of much larger fish, these catfish seem to be much more peaceful and will coexist with most similarly-sized fish. A somewhat social fish, they are best kept in groups of 5 or more.

Cuckoo Catfish (Synodontis multipunctatus)

$22.99

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.

Porthole Catfish (Dianema longibarbus)

$9.99

A unique armored catfish and a favorite in the aquarium hobby for decades, the porthole catfish is found in shallow waters throughout much of the Amazon Basin. Peaceful, active, and social, they are best kept in small groups in the aquarium and will get along well with most similarly-sized tankmates.