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Suriname Temensis Peacock Bass (Cichla temensis ‘suriname’)


A large, beautifully marked, and sought after species of Peacock Bass, Cichla temensis is found in warm blackwater rivers throughout the Orinoco, Amazon, and Guiana Shield regions. in its native range, it is an important food fish, and its huge adult size and predatory nature make them suitable for only huge aquariums. These fish are powerful swimmers and need ample open space in the aquarium (which should also be tightly covered, as they can easily jump). An impressive show fish for the experienced hobbyist. The rarely imported fish found in Suriname are known for their vivid spotting and deep red coloration around the gills.


Suriname Flame Pike Cichlid (Crenicichla multispinosa)


The most attractively marked of all the Pike Cichlids found in Suriname and Guyana waters, the Multipsinosa or Suriname Flame Pike is a medium growing species in the acuitirostris group of the genus Crenicichla. An elongated and current-loving pike, they display noticeable sexual dimorphism with males exhibiting intense spangling. Females develop deep red coloration along the gill plates and ventral surface. In the aquarium, they are a moderately aggressive pike and can be kept in groups successfully in a sufficiently large tank with plenty of cover.

Suriname 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 – 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.

L191 Dull Eyed Royal Pleco (Panaque cf. nigrolineatus)


The L191 or Dull Eyed Royal Pleco is a large growing Panaque and one of the more common variants of what is known as Royal Plecos in the trade. Widespread in Colombia and Venezuela, these plecos are typically collected in the Rio Meta and Caqueta basins in areas with acidic water with moderate to fast flow. Like all species in the genus Panaque they are wood eaters by nature, and should be offered plenty of driftwood in the aquarium. Specialized diets like Repashy’s xylivore formula gel premix or Sera Catfish Chips are ideal for this species.

Albino Bristlenose Pleco (Ancistrus sp.)


The albino form of the Common Bristlenose or Bushynose Pleco (Ancistrus sp.) stands out well against dark or dimly light aquariums.  As with all Common Bristlenose Plecos, these fish are ideal aquarium inhabitants, grazing on diatom algae while still being safe with live plants and peaceful towards all tankmates.

Bristlenose Pleco (Ancistrus sp.)


The Common Bristlenose or Bushynose Pleco (Ancistrus sp.) is an ideal aquarium inhabitant, grazing on diatom algae while still being safe with live plants and peaceful towards all tankmates.

Shadow Catfish (Hyalobagrus flavus)


A unique schooling catfish found in the acidic blackwater streams of Borneo and Sumatra in Indonesia, the Shadow Catfish is a small-growing and peaceful species well suited for aquarium life. They prefer slightly soft water but are otherwise hardy and undemanding in the aquarium. Best kept in groups of 6 or more, these catfish will readily accept most prepared foods and are peaceful towards all tankmates.

Red Fire Shrimp (Neocaridina davidi)


The Red Fire Shrimp is a selectively bred form of Neocaridina shrimp very similar to the popular and common Red Cherry Shrimp. Like the Red Cherries, they are remarkably hardy and adaptable, excellent shrimp for beginners. Red Fire Shrimp have a uniform deep red body coloration.

Blue Stiphodon Goby (Stiphodon cf. atropurpureus)


The most colorful of all freshwater gobies in the genus Stiphodon, the Neon Blue Stiphodon Goby originates from fast moving rocky streams. In the wild, it lives in small groups where individual fish stake out their own territories among the rocks. They feed on algae growth and biofilms in the wild and in the aquarium should be fed algae or vegetable based sinking foods (gel diets are ideal). They require clean, well-oxygenated water with some current and will do best at slightly cooler temperatures than most tropical fish (74-76F).