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Blackberry Silver Dollar (Myleus schomburgkii ‘blackberry’)

$129.99

A rare, selectively bred color form of the Black Bar Silver Dollar (M. schomburgkii), the Blackberry or Blueberry Silver Dollar originated with breeders in Asia and remains hard to find in the US. With a distinct blueish-black blotch that covers most of the body and deep red fins, these fish are a colorful and showy addition to any larger community aquarium. Care and behavior is the same as with the more well-known Black Bar or Blue Hook Silver Dollars.

Thermometer Knifefish (Gymnorhamphichthys hypostomus)

$49.99

A strange elongated knifefish found through much of the middle Amazon, the Thermometer Knife is a sand dweller, spending much of its time buried in fine sand with just its head visible above the surface. They use their long, sensitive snouts and sensitivity to electrical impulses to find small prey items like worms, insect larvae, and crustaceans buried in the substrate. In the aquarium, they are hardy fish but can easily be outcompeted for food by faster or more aggressive tankmates so are best kept in a species tank or with other peaceful, slow moving species. Like all knifefish, they are primarily active at night but will occasionally emerge during the day to forage and explore. Although two species in the genus Gymnorhamphichthys are often referred to as “thermometer knife”, G. hypostomus is the more commonly seen species in the trade.

Spotted Swamp Eel (Synbranchus marmoratus ‘spotted’)

$74.99

A unique South American eel species, the Spotted Swamp Eel is found in shallow waters throughout much of the Amazon basin. A slow moving and peaceful fish despite their large size, they are adapted to stagnant, oxygen poor water and can use atmospheric air by taking breaths directly from the water’s surface. In the aquarium they are easy to keep, but should be kept tightly covered at all times as they are notorious escape artists. The heavily spotted form is uncommon and more sought after than the olive or mottled form more commonly known as the Marbled Swamp Eel.

Ripsaw/Niger Catfish (Oxydoras niger)

$59.99

A gentle giant found throughout much of the Amazon basin, the Ripsaw or Niger Catfish is among the largest South American catfish. With distinctive saw-like scales running down their sides and dark black coloration, they are an impressive show fish but due to their enormous adult size are best suited for large custom aquariums or indoor ponds. In the wild, they use their sensitive barbels to scour sandy or muddy river bottoms for food, which primarily consists of insect larvae, worms, and crustaceans. In the aquarium they will readily accept almost any sinking prepared or frozen foods.

Jewel Spotted Anostomid (Hypomasticus megalepis)

$149.99

A stunning and extremely rare Anostomid found throughout Guyana, Suriname and possibly Northeastern Brazil, the Jewel Spotted Anostomid or Hypomasticus megalepis is a medium sized, peaceful characin. Like most of their relatives, they are a loosely schooling fish but show little aggression towards conspecifics and unlike many of the more well-known species of Leporinus or Anostomus, they do not have a tendency to nip fins. This species has a relatively small, somewhat delicate mouth for their size and prefers smaller food items like sinking granules or frozen bloodworms.

Small Scute Doradid Cat (Platydoras sp. ‘shallow scute’)

$199.99$289.99

A rare Doradid catfish found in the lower Marowijne River in Suriname, the Small Scute or Shalllow Scute Doradid Catfish is typically found on sandy substrate in moderate to slow moving waters. With their heavily armored bodies and sharp pectoral spines, they have few natural predators and are a relatively bold species. Like most of their close relatives, they are a peaceful catfish and feed primarily on small insects, mollusks, and crustaceans in the wild. In the aquarium they are peaceful toward nearly all tankmates and will typically not be bothered by larger, aggressive fish.

Suriname Aimara Wolf Fish (Hoplias aimara)

$299.99$359.99

The largest species of Wolf Fish and one of the most impressive predatory fish available in the aquarium hobby, the Aimara or Giant Wolf Fish is a fierce predator suitable only for the largest aquariums – pr perhaps more appropriately indoor ponds. Found throughout much of the Orinoco Basin, and Guiana Shield, these fish are powerful fish eaters which use their prominent sharp teeth to grab hold of prey. Despite their bulky appearance, Aimara Wolf Fish are fast swimmers and should be given ample swimming room (and a strong, tight-fitting cover). They are adaptable and generally hardy in the aquarium so long as good water quality is maintained. Due to their enormous adult size and predatory nature, these fish are only recommended for experienced hobbyists with the means to adequately house this species long term. Specimens from Suriname tend to be darker overall and have a reputation for extreme aggression.

Sailfin Red Hook Silver Dollar (Myleus setiger)

$74.99

A rarely seen species of Myleus (commonly referred to as Silver Dollars in the trade), the Sailfin Red Hook or Myleus setiger originates in the rivers and streams of Guyana and Suriname. It has only rarely been seen in the aquarium hobby, but adults develop extremely elongated, deep red dorsal and anal fins as well as a reticulated or blotchy pattern on the body. These tank-bred specimens from Asia are a new and rare offering.

Tiger Shovelnose Catfish (Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum)

$9.99

One of the largest growing catfish species of the Amazon Basin, the Tiger Shovelnose is an important food fish throughout its range and has been a favorite in the aquarium hobby for decades despite its huge adult size. In the aquarium, they are fairly easy to care for but keep in mind they will attempt to eat anything they can fit in their surprisingly large mouths. Juvenile fish grow extremely quickly so to realistically keep these fish long term a massive aquarium or ideally an indoor pond is necessary.

Albino Red Pacu (Piaractus brachypomum ‘albino’)

$19.99

One of the larger fish in the Amazon Basin, and an important food fish throughout most of the its range, the Red Belly Pacu is a beautifully marked “gentle giant” suitable for only the largest private aquariums, indoor ponds, or public displays. In the wild, this fish is an opportunistic grazer, which feeds primarily on fallen fruit and nuts from trees overhanging the rivers edge habitat where they are usually found. They are a hardy species, tolerant of a wide range of water conditions – but given their huge size and equally large appetite they will require significant filtration and regular water changes. The Red Pacu will accept almost any frozen or prepared food in the aquarium but should be offered a varied diet heavy in vegetable matter. The Albino morph of this fish only recently entered the market from commercial farms where they are raised primarily as food fish.

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.

Centipede Knifefish (Steatogenys duidae)

$16.99

A peaceful and cryptic knifefish species, the Centipede or Sierra Knife is found throughout much of the Amazon basin where it is found in shallow water areas, usually among leaf litter. They feed on insect larvae and crustaceans in the wild but in the aquarium usually take to frozen foods very quickly. A social species, they are best kept in groups in the aquarium and should be provided with plenty of cover in the form of driftwood and leaf litter.

 

Dorado (Salminus hilarii)

$49.99

A large predatory shoaling fish, the Dorado is an important food fish throughout its range in the Southern Amazon and Paraguay river basins where it is found in a wide variety of habitats. Typically found in clear, fast-moving, well-oxygenated water, these fish are powerful, active swimmers and require an enormous tank or ideally an indoor pond to maintain adult fish. A fast and aggressive fish by nature, tankmates should be chosen carefully.

Red Banded Leporinus (Synaptolaemus latofasciatus)

$39.99

A rare and vividly colored characin found throughout several major river systems in South America, the Red Banded Leporinus is a loose schooling species similar to the more well-known banded Leporinus (L. fasciatus). In the wild, they tend to inhabit moderate to fast moving acidic waters. With a maximum size of only 5-6″, they are a smaller and more manageable species for most aquariums than some of the larger Leporinus and Anostomus species but general care and behavior in the aquarium is similar.