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Silver Arowana (Osteoglossum bicirrhosum)


One of the larger predatory fish found in the Amazon Basin, the Silver Arowana is part of an ancient family of fish known as the bonytongues. A highly adapted surface feeder, Arowana are usually found close to the water’s surface in heavily overgrown areas with lots of cover. They are incredible jumpers, with adults able to leap several feet out of the water, and need to be kept in securely covered aquariums. Due to their enormous adult size, the Silver Arowana is recommended only for dedicated aquarists who can accommodate these giants in either a large custom aquarium or even an indoor pond. Specimens offered for sale are acclimated to aquarium life and feeding well on frozen and prepared foods.

Aimara Wolf Fish (Hoplias aimara)


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 – or perhaps more appropriately indoor ponds. Found throughout much of the Amazon and Orinoco Basins, 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.

Alligator Gar (Atracosteus spatula)


The largest species of true gar, the Alligator Gar is native to the temperate and subtropical waters of North America. Like all gar, they are predators, feeding on fish, frogs, and vertebrates. In the wild, the fish can easily get 8 feet or more in length, and should be considered only suitable for the largest custom aquariums or large ponds.

Irwini / Giant Talking Catfish (Megalodoras uranoscopus)


A unique and heavily armored catfish found throughout the Amazon and its tributaries, the Irwin’s Catfish or Giant Raphael Catfish is typically a gentle giant in the aquarium, ignoring most fish and being well protected from even the most aggressive tankmates. In the wild, their diet largely consists of aquatic snails, crustaceans, fruit and vegetation, but they will readily accept almost any sinking food. A great scavenger to help manage leftover food in large cichlid or predatory fish displays, they do grow to a huge adult size and will require a tank of 180 gallons at the bare minimum.

Black Ghost Knifefish (Apteronotus albifrons)


A long time aquarium favorite, the Black Ghost Knifefish is a distinctive and unusual fish originating from the Amazon and its tributaries. A nocturnal and generally shy fish, like all knifefish they use a weak electrical discharge to sense their surroundings and find food. Although slow growing, they can reach the impressive size of 14″ or more and tend to prey on smaller fish as they grow. Black Ghost Knifefish are intelligent, often learning to eat from their owner’s hands or even to allow themselves to be “pet” once adapted to aquarium life.


Leporinus granti


One of the most attractively marked of all Leporinus, L. granti is found throughout much of South America but extremely rare in the hobby. A large, fast-swimming, but relatively peaceful species, they make an excellent tankmate for large, peaceful cichlids.

Marble Gar (Boulengerella maculata)


A unique predatory characin found throughout much of the Amazon Basin, the Marble Gar is commonly found in small groups at the surface of shallow water in the wild, where they hunt for shoals of smaller fish and insects. In the aquarium, they can be skittish fish, especially at first, and will do best with some cover in the form of floating plants or driftwood close to the surface. They are best kept in groups of 3 or more, and will school with other larger characins. Primarily a live fish eater, they will usually require live food but can be weaned onto frozen or prepared diets over time.


Prehistoric Monster Fish (Thalassophryne amazonica)


A rarely seen and cryptic species found throughout the middle Amazon, the Prehistoric Monster Fish is actually a pure freshwater species of toadfish. Like its marine relatives, it is an ambush predator, lying in wait (often buried in sand) for prey to swim by. It is also venomous, and care should be taken when netting or otherwise handling the fish. In the aquarium, they are shy and spend most of their time hiding and camouflaged to their surroundings but can be weaned onto non-live food over time.

Tiger Silver Dollar (Metynnis fasciatus)


One of the more distinctively marked species of Silver Dollar, the Tiger or Barred Silver Dollar originates from the waters of the Rio Tocantins and other nearby rivers in Eastern Brazil. With their intricate “tiger striped” or barred pattern and iridescent coloration, this relatively new to the hobby species is deservedly popular and is now being commercially bred for the trade. Like most Silver Dollars, they are a schooling species and should be kept in groups of 3 or more in the aquarium. Due to their large adult size and active nature, they require a fairly large aquarium. This species is a popular dither fish for larger predatory species or medium to large South American Cichlids.

Ornate Pimelodus Catfish (Pimelodus ornatus)


A larger-growing cousin of the popular, well-known Spotted Pictus, the Ornate Pim Catfish is found throughout much of the Amazon and its tributaries but is uncommon in the hobby. With its distinctive black and white banding, silver base, and striped pattern, they are a beautiful and extremely active fish in the aquarium. With a maximum size of around 12″, they are much more manageable as adult fish than many other large growing catfish seen in the trade. Although they are generally peaceful, tankmates should be chosen with care as they will eat any fish small enough to fit in their mouths.

Dot Dash Leporinus (Leporinus steyermarki)


An uncommon and attractively marked species of Leporinus, the Dot Dash Leporinus is found throughout the Orinoco Basin in Colombia and Venezuela. It is found in a variety of habitat types, from fast flowing waters to shallow blackwater swamps. Like most of their close relatives, they are best kept in groups of 3-5 or more as they are a social fish. While they can be prone to nipping fins on slow moving tankmates, they make excellent dither fish for medium to large South American Cichlids or other fast moving larger fish.

Pygmy Talking Catfish (Physopyxis lyra)


One of the smallest species of catfish known, the Pygmy Talking Catfish is a unique and uncommonly imported Doradid found throughout the middle Amazon and Essequibo basins. In the wild, they are a cryptic species which inhabits leaf litter and driftwood piles in warm, extremely shallow water. In the aquarium, they are a hardy and unusual addition to a nano or small fish community aquarium. A scavenger and opportunistic feeder, they will accept most sinking frozen and prepared foods for very small fish.

Duck Head Knifefish (Parapteronotus hasemani)


A little known and rarely imported knifefish found in parts of the middle and Western Amazon and its tributaries, the Duck Head or Duckbill Knifefish is a medium, heavy-bodied species that displays strong sexual dimorphism. Adult males have an elongated snout with large jaws that give the species its common name while females retain a more typical knifefish head shape. This species is more territorial than some other knifefish, and males especially will fight if kept together in anything but the largest aquariums. Relatively hardy, they are not overly particular about water conditions and will readily accept most frozen foods.


Redtail X Tiger Shovelnose Hybrid Catfish (Phractocephalus hemioliopterus X Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum)


A manmade hybrid of two of the largest growing catfish species of the Amazon Basin, the Redtail x Tiger Shovelnose is a somewhat recent addition to the aquarium hobby originally developed by breeders in Asia. Like both of their parent species, these fish will reach a truly massive size in a relatively short time. 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.

Florida Gar (Lepisosteus platyrhinchus)


The Florida gar is one of the more common species in its family, found throughout the temperate and subtropical waters of the Southeastern United States. Like all gar, they are predators, feeding on fish, frogs, and vertebrates. In the wild, these fish can reach 3 feet or more in length, and should be considered only suitable for the largest custom aquariums or large ponds. With its range in warmer regions, this species is more tolerant of tropical temperatures than many of its relatives but still prefers water on the cooler side than most aquarium fish.