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An unusual cichlid which inhabits fresh, brackish, and even occasionally pure marine habitat, the Green Chromide originates in coastal regions of Sri Lanka and Southeastern India. In the wild, it tends to be found in groups and is a social fish in the aquarium, best kept in groups of 4-6. Although they are typically found in brackish waters, they are highly adaptable and will do fine in full freshwater long term as well (slightly hard water is best). The Green Chromide is fairly peaceful for a cichlid and will usually get along with most similarly sized tankmates.
A unique ambush predator found in the Middle Mekong drainage in Thailand, Laos, and possibly Cambodia, the Hairy Puffer gets its name from the ring of small fleshy tassels that surrounds its head. In the wild, they tend to inhabit extremely fast-moving waters, including powerful rapids, but spend most of their time partially buried in substrate where they wait for prey to swim above them. In the aquarium, they are best kept in a species tank as they are likely to attach most tankmates. This species has been successfully kept in pairs and bred in an aquarium setting.
A large growing schooling fish found in clear, fast-moving waters in Thailand and Myanmar, the Hampala or Sidebar barb is a predatory but relatively peaceful barb. In the aquarium, they make an excellent dither fish for other large predatory fish and will do best with some water movement and frequent large water changes. Like many larger barbs, they can be skittish and first and will do best in a group of 3-5 fish. Some cover in the form of driftwood or artificial plants (live ones will be eaten) will help them settle into the aquarium environment.
The Gold Line Panda Loach is variant of the popular Panda Loach, exhibiting a unique striped pattern. This small species originating from cool, fast flowing streams in Southern China is an algae grazer and scavenger. They will do best in an aquarium with some current and ample rocks or driftwood for cover and grazing surfaces. Although they will adapt to warmer temperatures for a time they will do best at cooler temperatures (68-75) long term.
A rarely seen catfish found in parts of Borneo, Indonesia, very little is known about the Dragon or Rooster Catfish in the wild. In the aquarium, it appears to be hardy and undemanding, and with a maximum size of about 8″ it is very suitable for medium to large tanks. With their unmistakable long, flowing tail and active nature they make for a unique and showy addition to any medium/large fish community.
The Chinese Phoenix Barb is a commonly farmed fish in Southern China and Northern Vietnam, where they are considered an important food fish. Although dull as juveniles, they develop into very impressive adults, displaying deep reds in the fins and a high contrast black-and-silver pattern on the body. They are found in a wide range of temperatures, and will tolerate both tropical and subtropical temperatures. Although hardy and adaptable, they will do best in clean, well-oxygenated water with moderate current. A peaceful species which will do well with most similarly sized fish.
An large, open-water-dwelling predatory catfish found throughout the Amazon and Orinoco Basins, the Lince Catfish is a challenging but unmistakably impressive fish to maintain in an appropriately sized aquarium or pond. Found in fast-moving, well-oxygenated waters in main river channels, they require excellent water quality, high levels of dissolved oxygen, and ideally plenty of water movement. Realistically only a heated pond or enormous custom aquarium can house this species for life. Although generally not aggressive with comparably-sized tankmates, they will attempt to eat fish half their own size or smaller.
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.
An enormous predatory catfish from the rivers of Southeast Asia, the Striped Wallago is a true monster fish and an important food fish species throughout its native habitat. Relatively hardy and undemanding, their main requirement in the aquarium is ample space for a fish that can grow to over 6 feet in size. Realistically only a heated pond or enormous custom aquarium can house this species for life. Although generally not aggressive with comparably-sized tankmates, they will attempt to swallow fish nearly their own size.
A unique and rarely seen Cyprinid found throughout much of Southeast Asia’s freshwater rivers and lakes, Paralaubuca harmandi is so poorly known in the aquarium hobby that it does not yet have a common name. A loosely schooling fish usually found in shallow water areas, they are fast swimmers and extremely active in the aquarium – like most schooling species best kept in a group of 3-5 or more. With their size and active nature, they make excellent dither fish for aquariums with larger cichlids or other predatory species.