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Zebra Nerite Snail (Neritina natalensis)


The Zebra Nerite Snail is an ornately patterned species of snail known for their voracious appetites for nuisance algae in the aquarium.  They are plant safe and a great addition to any freshwater aquarium without snail predators.  The can not reproduce successfully without brackish water and therefore will not overpopulate the aquarium.


“New Ranger” Pleco (Pterygoplichthys sp.)

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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.

Orange Shrimp (Caridina cf. propinqua)


The Orange Shrimp, also known as or Orange Sunkist Shrimp is both hardy and vibrantly colored – an excellent choice for those just starting with freshwater shrimp. Like most freshwater shrimp, it is a peaceful, social species best kept in groups and will feed readily on most sinking foods. Although they are an adaptable species, they will do best in slightly soft water and with plenty of cover.

Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid (Apistogramma cacatuoides)


One of the most popular dwarf cichlids in the hobby, Apistgramma cacatuoides (also known as the Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid) is an attractive and interesting addition to smaller community aquarium. They have been bred in the hobby for decades, resulting in a number of color morphs and strains. A widespread fish in the Amazon Basin, they have a number of wild color forms as well corresponding to different catch locations. A hardy and relatively peaceful species, they are ideal for smaller aquariums and do best with ample cover in the form of plants, driftwood, and small caves. These tank bred fish have been line bred to display vibrant reds and blacks in the tail and dorsal fins.

Note on Apistogramma sp. sexes:
While we will make our best efforts to select male/female pairs on request, we do not guarantee a particular sex ratio. We recommend buying these fish in larger groups if a particular ratio of males to females is desired.

Dwarf Chain Loach / Sidthimunki Botia (Ambastia sidthimunki) – Group of 5 Fish


One of the smallest species of Botia and a longtime favorite in the aquarium hobby, the Dwarf Chain Loach or Sidthimunki Botia is a peaceful, active schooling fish ideally suited to most community or planted tanks. Originally found in river systems along the Thai/Myanmar border, they are now produced commercially for the aquarium trade. Like most Botias and Loaches, they are social fish and should be kept in groups of at least 3 to 5 specimens.

Bolivian Ram (Mikrogeophagus altispinosus)


A longtime favorite in the hobby due to its unique pattern, small size, and peaceful behavior, the Bolivian Ram originates in the Southern reaches of the Amazon Basin. It is now commercially bred worldwide and is among the most hardy dwarf cichlid species, ideal for beginners. A great species for planted or community tanks, they can be slightly territorial towards each other but will rarely bother other fish.

Coral Red Pencilfish (Nannostomus mortenthaleri)


One of the most strikingly beautiful species of pencilfish, the Coral Red Pencil originates from the soft, acidic waters of the upper Rio Nanay in the Peruvian Amazon. A schooling fish, they are best kept in groups of 5 or more as they will display the best color in the presence of a group. In the aquarium, they make stunning display fish, and are both hardy and active. Feeding a diet high in red color enhancers (like astaxanthin or other carotenoids) will help ensure they maintain their brightest colors.

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


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.

Rummynose Tetra (Hemigrammus rhodostomus) – Group of 10


A hobby classic, the Rummynose Tetra has been popular with generations of aquarium keepers due to its high contrast coloration, peaceful nature, and active schooling behavior. Their characteristic red “nose” is a good indicator of water quality as it will be most vibrant when the fish are healthy and in warm, slightly acidic water. Unfortunately, inbreeding and hybridization of this fish in the aquarium trade have caused many tank raised specimens to lose some of their best color; we offer carefully acclimated wild collected specimens that exhibit vibrant coloration. Best kept in groups of 10 or more fish, they make ideal inhabitants for medium to large planted tanks.

Red Line Lizard Tetra (Iguanodectes geisleri)


A unique and rarely seen characin from the Orinoco and Negro rivers in South America, the Red Line Lizard Tetra is a medium sized schooling fish that inhabits shallow, warm, acidic waters. In the aquarium, they will do best when kept with other similarly peaceful blackwater dwellers like cardinal tetras, eques pencilfish, or marbled hatchets. Like most tetras, they prefer to be kept in a small group or school of at least 5 individuals.

Red Beckford’s Pencilfish (Nannostomus beckfordi ‘red’) – Group of 5 Fish


The Red form of the popular Beckford’s or Golden Pencilfish is a selectively bred strain which has been developed by breeders over generations to give the fish a vibrant red coloration. One of the hardiest pencilfish, they are well-suited for a peaceful community aquarium and are popular with aquascapers and planted tank hobbyists due to their color and interesting behavior. With their small adult size, they also make a great fish for nano aquariums as well. In the aquarium, they are relatively easy to care for, but care should be taken to ensure larger or faster moving tankmates don’t outcompete them for food.

Neon Green / Kubotai Rasbora (Microdevario kubotai) – Group of 5 Fish


A brilliantly colored and actively schooling “micro” rasbora found throughout parts of Indonesia, the Kubotai or Neon Green Rasbora makes an ideal addition to a small to medium sized community aquarium or planted tank. In the wild, they inhabit slow moving streams and creeks with sandy substrate and clear waters, usually among aquatic plants or fallen branches. A hardy and adaptable fish in the aquarium, they are popular with aquascapers due to their small adult size, active nature, and brilliant coloration. Like most schooling rasboras, they are best kept in groups of 10 or more and will thrive with most similarly-sized peaceful tankmates. Darker substrate, somewhat subdued lighting, and plenty of cover in the aquarium will help bring out their most vibrant green coloration.

Red Rainbow Sumatran Goby (Stiphodon cf. ornatus)


One of the more brilliantly colored gobies in the genus Stiphodon, the Red Rainbow or Red Neon Goby originates from fast moving rocky streams throughout the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. In the wild, it lives in small groups where individual fish stake out their own territories among the rocks. They feed on algae growth and biofilms in the wild and in the aquarium should be fed algae or vegetable based sinking foods (gel diets are ideal). They require clean, well-oxygenated water with some current and will do best at slightly cooler temperatures than most tropical fish (74-76F).

Endler’s Livebearer (Poecilia wingei) – Group of 5 Assorted Males


An aquarium hobby classic, the Endler’s Livebearer or Endler’s Guppy originated with strains of wild livebearers in Venezuela but over decades in the trade has been hybridized with similar species to create a wide array of color patterns, fins, and body shapes. Colorful, hardy, and with a smaller adult size than the more well-known fancy guppy, these tiny livebearers make excellent subjects for nano aquariums or planted tanks. They will do well in a wide variety of water conditions but prefer well-oxygenated, slightly alkaline water. Assortment may include a variety of different strains.

Reticulated Hillstream Loach (Sewellia lineolata)


Easily the most spectacularly marked of all the hillstream loaches, the Reticulated Hillstream Loach or Reticulated Butterfly Sucker is found in fast-flowing, rocky rapids in Central and Northern Vietnam. Perfectly adapted for life in fast moving waters, their heavily modified pectoral and anal fins form a suction-cup-like ventral surface that allows them to not only attach to almost any surface but actually move forward against strong current and even climb up sheer rock faces and waterfalls. Due to their specialized nature, they require fast, cool, well-oxygenated water not above 76F and strong current in the aquarium. They will readily feed on biofilms, algae, and certain prepared foods like Fluval Bug Bites Pleco Formula or Repashy Gel Diet. A social and outgoing species, they will thrive in groups of 5 or more and have successfully been bred in the aquarium.