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The Blue Phantom Pleco originates in fast-moving, rocky areas of the Orinoco River in Colombia and Venezuela. With their dark body coloration and stunning iridescent blue spots, this pleco makes a colorful and unique addition to most medium aquariums. An omnivore, they will graze on algae but also accept a variety of sinking prepared foods. Blue Phantoms are sensitive to poor water quality so be sure to perform frequent water changes. They will generally be more outgoing and less shy in a small group.
The most sought after of all the freshwater angels, the Altum or High Back Angel comes from the acidic blackwater reaches of the Orinoco River in Colombia and Venezuela. These beautiful but delicate fish require warm, soft water and excellent water quality to thrive. Best kept in groups of 5 or more, the Altum Angel is an unmistakable show fish ideal for a large display aquarium. Our Altum Angels are imported directly and conditioned carefully in soft water systems before being shipped, allowing us to offer only robust, healthy, well-acclimated fish to our customers.
L027c Goldline Royal Pleco (Panaque armbrusteri)
One of the most vibrantly colored variants of Royal Pleco, the Goldline originates from the rocky, fast-moving waters of the middle and upper Tapajos river in Brazil. Like all species of Panaque, they have specialized teeth and are adapted to eat and even digest wood, although the Goldline Royal Pleco also feeds on submerged vegetation. Conditions in the aquarium should be as close to their wild habitat as possible, with fast current, warm temperatures, and excellent water quality. Due to their specialized diet, we recommend providing driftwood for grazing and feeding a specialty diet like Repashy Morning Wood.
With distinctive golden coloration and a much smaller adult size than other peacock bass of the genus Cichla, the Kelberi is among the most popular of these large predatory cichlids in the aquarium hobby. Originating from the rivers of Southeastern Brazil (including the Tocantins), these fish are popular food and sport fish in their native range. Like all peacock bass, Kelberis require very large aquariums and should only be kept by experienced hobbyists. Kelberi Peacock Bass are powerful predators, and will eat any fish that can fit in their large mouths. They are best kept in small groups with similarly sized cichlids although aggression and territoriality can become an issue as they reach maturity.
The Retroculus lapidifer is an uncommon an unique cichlid from the fast flowing rivers of Brazil, Retroculus are distant relatives of the more well known South American eartheaters. All Retroculus species have a greatly reduced swim bladders and are primarily bottom dwellers, living in sandy and rocky shallows in well-oxygenated streams, often in or around rapids. A social fish, they are often found in small groups and in the breeding season they excavate nests using small rocks. Care in aquaria is straightforward but all Retroculus are particularly sensitive to water quality and frequent partial water changes are a must for long term health.
The Indo-Pacific Tarpon is a widely distributed predator found throughout the coastal regions of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Although they can tolerate full marine conditions, they are more often found in fresh or brackish water habitats close to the coast. Juvenile fish are a uniform silver, but develop a distinctive red and black trim on the tail as they grow. As an open water swimmer and predator growing to a massive adult size, the Indo-Pacific Tarpon is suitable only for the largest home aquariums.
The Uaru or Triangle Cichlid is an attractive and unique large-growing cichlid found throughout the Amazon basin in South America. Often found in shallow water streams or flooded forest, Uarus tend to form loose schools with other peaceful cichlids and much of their diet is composed of fruit, nuts, and plant matter which falls from overhanging trees. Juvenile fish have a distinctive spotted pattern while adults transition into a tan base color with a triangle-shaped black splotch.
One of the largest and most massive species of South American plecos, the Hifin Dragon Pleco originates from the fast moving rivers of Southern Brazil and grows to a massive 24″ or larger in size. A grazer and scavenger, this pleco should be fed a varied diet of vegetable matter, protein, and sinking pellets or gel diets. Relatively hardy, the Hifin Dragon Pleco is a true monster fish suitable only for very large aquariums with plentiful hiding places and excellent water quality.
Living up to its name, the Goliath Tigerfish is a monstrous and fierce predator originating in the fast flowing waters of the Congo River basin in Central Africa. A strict carnivore, the Goliath Tigerfish sports a mouthful of prominent, large teeth which it uses to grab hold of prey. They are aggressive towards tankmates and with an adult size of well over 48″ should only be kept by experienced hobbyists with an enormous aquarium or ideally an indoor pond. African Tigerfish are sensitive to water quality and require clean, well-oxygenated water with a moderate to strong current.
The Inirida Spotted Pike Cichlid is a large growing species originating in the middle Rio Atabapo along the Colombia/Venezuela border. One of several “Lugubris-type” Pike Cichlids collected from the region, its distinctive spotted pattern and large size make it an excellent display species for a large aquarium. Like nearly all Pike Cichlids, they are aggressive and fiercely territorial, and should only be kept with other aggressive and appropriately sized fish.
A colorful and rarely seen dwarf cichlid, the Xingu Apistogramma is found in shallow areas of the fast-moving clear water Rio Xingu in Eastern Brazil. Like most Apistogramma species, they will do best in a tank with peaceful tankmates like small tetras or dwarf rainbows – or in a species tank if breeding is to be attempted. The Xingu Apistogramma requires excellent water quality and regular partial water changes will ensure they thrive in the aquarium.
A note on wild Apistogramma: Unless otherwise specified, wild Apistogramma are sold as unsexed individuals. We will make our best efforts to send pairs or a requested ratio of male to female but we do not guarantee sex on these fish. We recommend buying in groups to ensure adequate males and females for breeding.
One of the smallest and most peaceful species of Pike Cichlids, the Regani Dwarf Pike is found in clear and black water rivers in the Brazilian Amazon, often in extreme shallows. Unlike most other members of its genus, these Pike Cichlids will do well in groups so long as adequate cover and hiding places are available in the aquarium. They are also generally safe with live plants and tend not to bother tankmates – although shrimp or very small fish may be viewed as prey.
A stunningly marked and rarely seen dwarf cichlid, the Spadetail Checkerboard Cichlid grows slightly larger and displays more intense adult coloration than its more well known relative the common Checkerboard Cichlid (Dicrossus filamentosus). Found in the clearwater Tapajos as well as some surrounding Amazon tributaries, this dwarf cichlid will do best in an aquarium with ample cover in the form of driftwood, live or artificial plants, or other decor.
With its combination of deep green body coloration and a distinctive orange stripe, the Eques Cory is a sought after species in the aquarium hobby. Although similar species have occasionally been sold (incorrectly) as C. eques, the True Eques Cory is found only in Amazonas State, Brazil, and is rarely imported. Similar to most species of Cory Catfish, the Eques Cory should be kept in groups (ideally 5 or more) and prefers a substrate of fine sand.