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One of the more unusual looking freshwater rays, the Ceja or Manzana Ray is widespread throughout the Amazon and its tributaries, where it is usually found in sandy, moderately shallow waters with some current. They are specialized live fish eaters, using their oddly shaped disc to trap and eat entire schools of smaller fish. In the aquarium, they will almost always require live feeders as a diet but it is possible to wean them onto frozen feeds with time and patience. Due to their enormous adult size and challenging food requirements, this species is realistically only suitable for very large indoor ponds and should be kept only by highly experienced hobbyists or professional aquarists.
This species is not eligible for our 24 hour guarantee. We guarantee live arrival only.
A colorful and attractively patterned Apistogramma, the “Inka 50” , “High Fin Nijssenni”, or A188 is found in small forest pools and shallow reaches of flooded forest along the Huallaga River Drainage in Peru. 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.
Note on wild-collected Apistogramma sp.:
While we will make our best efforts to select male/female pairs for customer orders, sexing small- and medium-sized wild Apistogramma is not always exact and 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.
The Red Shoulder, Red Head, or “Rotkeil” Severum is a distinctive naturally occurring variant of the species known as Heros cf. efasciatus found throughout parts of the Middle Amazon and its tributaries. This strain has been popular in the aquarium hobby for many years due to its vibrant reddish-orange coloration and distinctive orange eyes. In its native range in Peru, it is referred to as “corbata” which has given rise to another common name for this fish – the “necktie” severum (so named for the stripe of red-orange extending from the gill plate to the top of the dorsal fin). While it has been bred commercially for some time, wild fish often display the most intense colors. Like most of their relatives, these fish are fairly peaceful for a large cichlid, and will usually coexist well in a mixed cichlid community composed of similarly sized semi-aggressive fish.
A smaller growing pike in the saxatilis group, the Proteus Pike Cichlid is found throughout Peru and Ecuador where it inhabits shallow water areas with ample cover. Despite their relatively small adult size, they are aggressive and territorial much like their larger relatives. In the aquarium, they are a hardy species and will readily take to frozen foods. They can be successfully kept in groups but should be provided plenty of cover so each fish can defend its own territory. The addition of dither fish like larger tetra species can help diffuse aggression.
A large, distinctive predatory catfish found throughout much of the middle Amazon, the Slobbering Catfish is also sometimes known as Tabla Barba, a local name for the fish in its native Peru where it is an important food fish. Growing as large as 36″ or more in the wild, this fish is not as active as some of its open-water swimming relatives but still requires an enormous aquarium as an adult. A powerful predator, they can require live foods at first but can usually be weaned onto meaty frozen foods like krill or silversides. They require excellent water quality and will do best with moderate to strong water movement in the aquarium.
Found in the fast-flowing white water reaches of the lower Napo and middle Amazon rivers in Peru, the L090c or ‘Ojo Chico’ (‘small eye’ in Spanish) is an uncommonly seen species of Panaque distinguished by its large lyre-shaped tail and long caudal streamers. Juvenile Panaque schaeferi are often improperly identified as L090 ‘Papa Lyretail’ as young fish of both species look similar but P. bathyphilus can be distinguished by a more ornate pattern, smaller eyes, and reddish tail fin. Reaching a size of about 14″, this fish is suitable for large aquaria and unlike some species of Panaque retains its attractive pattern and lyre tail through adulthood. Like their relatives, they are adapted for a diet consisting primarily of driftwood in the wild and should be offered plenty of driftwood in the aquarium. They will readily accept fresh veggies and specialty prepared diets like Repashy’s Morning Wood in the aquarium.
One of the first of the bristlenose pleco species to become popular in the aquarium hobby, the Gold Spot or Three Ray Bristlenose is found in rocky, clear water streams along the upper Rio Meta in Colombia and Venezuela. Like most bristlenose plecos in the genus Ancistrus, they are hardy and adaptable in the aquarium in addition to being excellent nuisance algae eaters. Adult males develop extensive ‘tentacles’ around the snout which gives this complex its common name. The species is easy to breed in the aquarium when provided with good quality food and maintained in good water quality.
A unique armored catfish and a favorite in the aquarium hobby for decades, the porthole catfish is found in shallow waters throughout much of the Amazon Basin. Peaceful, active, and social, they are best kept in small groups in the aquarium and will get along well with most similarly-sized tankmates.
A rare and attractively marked pleco found in sandy, fast-moving stretches of the middle to upper Orinoco river in Colombia and Venezuela, the Tiger Pleco is very uncommon in the aquarium trade and hobby. Like its relatives, this pleco prefers clean, well-oxygenated water and will do best with moderate water movement or current. They should be fed a varied diet of sinking prepared foods and fresh veggies in the aquarium.
A medium sized semi-aggressive characin found through parts of the Amazon and Orinoco basins, the Glass Headstander is a loosely schooling fish that in the wild preys on very small fish and may pick on scales and fins of larger fish as well. In the aquarium, they can be nippy but will typically do well with larger fast-moving fish. They will readily accept most prepared or frozen foods.