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Orinoco Peacock Bass (Cichla orinocensis)


A powerful and large growing predator, the Orinoco Peacock Bass is found throughout the Orinoco and Meta river drainages in Colombia and Venezuela. A voracious fish eater by nature, newly imported fish tend to prefer live foods at first but can be weaned onto frozen and prepared foods over time. They are fast growing and can be aggressive towards tankmates, especially other cichlids. Best kept with larger, fast-moving fish.

Tefena Whiptail Loricaria (Loricaria sp. ‘Tefena’)


The Tefena Whiptail Loricaria is an attractively marked medium sized Loricariid found throughout much of Colombia in sandy and rocky shallow water habitat. An omnivore and grazer, they will readily feed on algae or vegetable matter along with more protein rich foods. In the aquarium, they are not shy, and will often be seen perched above the substrate in the middle of the tank. Any tank housing this species should offer plenty of open sandy or rocky areas for them to stake out territories.

Tiger / Curare Severum (Heros severus ‘curare’)


The rare and exceedingly beautiful Tiger or Curare Severum originates from the far upper reaches of the Rio Negro in Colombia, near the town of San Felipe. This large growing fish are likely the “true” Heros severus, and only very recently have made their way into the hobby. As wild fish from extremely acidic waters, they will display their best colors in a similar setup with soft, low-pH water. Generally peaceful towards similar sized tankmates, they can be aggressive towards each other and should be kept singly or in a large group of 5 or more fish (they will get along with most other Heros species as long as the group is large enough).

True Parrot Cichlid (Hoplarchus psittacus)


A large growing and unique cichlid from the warm, acidic waters of the Orinoco and Negro rivers, the True Parrot Cichlid gets its name from the vibrant markings around its face (which locals in its native range consider similar to their native macaws). In the wild, they are usually found in slow moving, relatively shallow water habitat, where temperatures may exceed 86F and pH as low as 4.0. In the aquarium, they are quite adaptable but will show their best coloration in warm, slightly acidic water. Parrot Cichlids are sensitive to water quality and regular large water changes should be performed to ensure low levels of nitrate and organics.

L240 Galaxy / Vampire Pleco (Leporacanthicus cf. galaxias)


With high contrast black and white markings and large dorsal and caudal fins, the Galaxy or Vampire Pleco is a popular species typically originating from the Orinoco drainage in Colombia. A similar, possibly related species is found in the Tocantins River in Brazil. Like most plecos in the genus Leporacanthicus, the L240 are primarily carnivores, and prefer protein rich foods.

Flagtail Prochilodus (Semaprochilodus taeniurus)


A medium sized, attractively marked characin, the Flagtail Prochilodus (also sometimes known as fei feng) is found throughout much of South America, usually in massive shoals. A peaceful, omnivorous fish, they are a popular and sought after addition to very large community tanks and make great dithers for predatory fish or large cichlids. In the wild, they are a migratory species and cross huge distances to spawn. In the aquarium, they prefer clean, oxygen-rich water with moderate current and will do best with a varied diet high in plant matter.

True Red Terror (Mesoheros festae)


Among the most colorful and showy South American Cichlids, the True Red Terror or Festae Cichlid is a large growing and extremely territorial fish. Found in the coastal drainages of Ecuador and Northern Peru, they inhabit clear or whitewater rivers and streams, usually over rocky substrate. In the aquarium, they are aggressive even by cichlid standards, and should be kept singly or with other large fish aggressive enough to hold their own.


Humpback / Dragon Puffer (Pao palembangensis)


A colorful and unique freshwater puffer found throughout Southeast Asia, the Dragon or Humpback Puffer is an ambush predator, spending much of its time laying in wait on the substrate for unsuspecting prey to pass in front of them. In the aquarium, they are a relatively hardy puffer but they do have a tendency to bite other fish so tankmates should be chosen carefully.


Siamese Giant Carp (Catlocarpio siamensis)


One of the largest fish found in Southeast Asia’s Mekong Basin, the Siamese Giant Carp is an important food fish through much of its range. Considered to be one of the largest freshwater fish in the world, it is aquacultured in large farms in Thailand primarily for the food fish trade. Due to its immense size and active swimming habits, this fish requires a truly enormous custom aquarium or indoor pond. It is relatively peaceful however and will coexist well with other large tankmates.


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.

Common Pike Cichlid (Crenicichla sp. “belly crawler”)


One of the smaller species of Pike Cichlids, the so-called “belly crawler” is found in rocky, fast-moving waters throughout Colombia’s Rio Meta drainage. Like most species of Crenicichla, they are territorial and predatory but due to their relatively small adult size can often be kept in mixed species cichlid community tanks. This species is also more easily weaned onto frozen and prepared foods than some of its larger relatives.

Platinum Senegal Bichir (Polypterus senegalus ‘platinum’)


The Senegal, or Common Bichir is the most widespread species of Polypterus in Africa, inhabiting shallow waters across a huge geographic area. This species is also the most common in the aquarium hobby and has been commercially bred in Asia for years. Like all so-called ‘platinum’ morphs, it is leucistic, exhibiting only white pigment but with black eyes. This extremely rare and prized fish is a truly impressive showpiece specimen for the true collector.


Borneo Python Eel (Mastacembelus cf. circumcinctus)


An uncommon and beautifully marked freshwater eel from the acidic freshwater swamps of Borneo, the Python Eel is a well-camouflaged ambush predator in its natural habitat. In the aquarium, they are hardy but can be shy at first – be sure to provide plenty of cover. Although recently imported fish can be finicky eaters, they will usually learn to accept a variety of frozen foods. Like most freshwater eels, these fish should be kept in tightly covered aquariums as they will utilize even small openings to escape.

Leopard Eel (Mastacembelus cf. dayi)


A freshwater eel originating from the  Salween river along the Thailand/Myanmar border, the Leopard Eel is an as-yet undescribed species closely related to the more commonly seen Tiretrack Eel. An ambush predator in its natural habitat. In the aquarium, they are hardy but can be shy at first – be sure to provide plenty of cover. Although recently imported fish can be finicky eaters, they will usually learn to accept a variety of frozen foods. Like most freshwater eels, these fish should be kept in tightly covered aquariums as they will utilize even small openings to escape.

Blue Flash / Aureum Cichlid (Thorichthys aureus)


One of the more colorful Central American Cichlids, the Aureum or Aureus cichlid is a close relative of the popular Firemouth Cichlid (T. meeki) found in the streams and ponds of Honduras, Belize, and Guatemala. With their outgoing, semi aggressive nature, vibrant colors, and relatively small adult size this species is deservedly popular in the cichlid hobby.