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Chaca bankanensis Catfish (Chaca bankanensis)

$59.99$74.99

This bizarre species of bottom dwelling catfish is a classic ambush predator, closely mimicking the appearance of a dead leaf and lying in wait for prey to swim too close to its cavernous mouth. Generally found in shallow, blackwater habitats throughout Southeast Asia, their diet is primarily made up of smaller fish and insect larvae. In the aquarium, they are hardly an active species but make for a unique addition to any predator tank.

False Tigrinus / Juruense Catfish (Brachyplatystoma juruense)

$69.99

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).

Jaguar Catfish (Liosomadoras oncinus)

$34.99$49.99

A unique and beautifully patterned driftwood catfish found in blackwater tributaries of the Amazon, the Jaguar Catfish spends most of its time hidden among submerged logs and tree roots, emerging at night to feed. In the aquarium they are hardy and undemanding, but seem to do best in small groups. A shy species at first, they will quickly learn to come out of hiding when fed. In the aquarium, they prefer warm, slightly acidic water and require plenty of cover in the form of driftwood or caves.

Granulated Catfish (Pterodoras granulosus)

$39.99$54.99

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. In the aquarium, they are gentle giants, and are peaceful towards all tankmates. Due to their heavily armored body and large size, they make good tankmates for large cichlids or other large predatory fish but with their huge adult size will require an equally large aquarium or indoor pond to keep.

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Apure Jelly Catfish (Cephalosilurus apurensis)

$89.99$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.

Imitator Catfish (Brachyrhamdia meesi)

$10.99$89.99

A rare and unique catfish found throughout much of the Amazon and its tributaries, the Imitator Catfish or Mees’ Pimelodelid is adapted to spend most of its life as a mimic among shoaling species like Otocinclus and Corydoras species, where it likely finds safety from predators among the large groups of more armored catfish. An active fish, it should be kept in groups or at least with other actively schooling species. In the aquarium, they are hardy and undemanding, and will accept a wide variety of sinking prepared or frozen foods.

Spotted Pictus Catfish (Pimelodus pictus)

$7.99

A long time favorite in the aquarium hobby, the Spotted Pictus or Angelicus Catfish is a medium sized, active, schooling catfish found throughout much of the Amazon and Orinoco basins in South America. In the wild, they usually inhabit shallow water with medium to fast-moving current and typically shoal in large groups. A hardy aquarium fish, they should be given plenty of open space for swimming and are best kept in groups of 6 or more. They make an excellent addition to larger aquariums with peaceful South or Central American Cichlids.

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Bumblebee Jelly Catfish (Batrochoglanis cf. raninus)

$39.99 $26.99

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.

Burmese Upside Down Catfish (Mystus leucophasus)

$22.99

The Burmese or Asian Upside Down Catfish is a unique, medium-growing species of Bagrid found in the rivers of Myanmar in Southeast Asia. As the name implies, this unusual fish spends most of its life swimming upside down, with its mouth and ventral surface facing up towards the water’s surface, where it actively seeks out insects, crustaceans, and smaller fish as prey. In the aquarium, they are active, constant swimmers and tend to school in large groups as juveniles while adults are more solitary. With their unique swimming behavior and deep black coloration interspersed with blueish speckles, they make a fascinating addition to a community of similarly-sized fish but aggressive tankmates should be avoided.

Firewood / Planiceps Catfish (Sorubimichthys planiceps)

$119.99$139.99

A uniquely shaped, large-growing predatory catfish, the Planiceps or Firewood Catfish is found throughout the middle Amazon in Brazil, Peru, and Ecuador where it is a prized food fish. Juvenile fish have impressive butterfly-like pectoral fins which develop into more traditional fins as they grow. Like most of its relatives, they 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). Due to their enormous adult size, they require a substantial indoor pond to be kept long term.