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Sailfin Red Hook Silver Dollar (Myleus setiger)


A rarely seen species of Myleus (commonly referred to as Silver Dollars in the trade), the Sailfin Red Hook or Myleus setiger originates in the rivers and streams of Guyana and Suriname. It has only rarely been seen in the aquarium hobby, but adults develop extremely elongated, deep red dorsal and anal fins as well as a reticulated or blotchy pattern on the body. These tank-bred specimens from Asia are a new and rare offering.

Tiger Shovelnose Catfish (Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum)


One of the largest growing catfish species of the Amazon Basin, the Tiger Shovelnose is an important food fish throughout its range and has been a favorite in the aquarium hobby for decades despite its huge adult size. 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.

Batik Nerite Snail (Neritina sp.)


Batik Nerite Snails are an ornate species of snail known for their voracious appetites for algae.  They are plant safe and great addition to any freshwater aquarium without snail predators.  The can not reproduce successfully without brackish water and therefore will not overpopulate the aquarium.

‘Tocantins Red’ Johanna Pike Cichlid (Crenicichla johanna ‘Tocantins’)


The Red Fin or Johanna Pike is a large growing species found throughout much of the Amazon basin, where it tends to inhabit soft, acidic waters. Like many large Pike Cichlids, they are territorial and can be aggressive towards tankmates so any other fish in the aquarium should be chosen with care. With their large adult size and outgoing nature, they make excellent subjects for a species tank or in a suitably large display with other South American cichlids.


Wild Oscar (Astronotus ocellatus) – Ilha do Marajo Locale


A wild form of the aquarium hobby classic, the Oscar found at the mouth of the Amazon around the ‘Ilha do Marajo’ (Marajo Island) is distinctly patterned and among the reddest wild forms in the hobby. As with all Oscars, these are a large growing and predatory fish that require large aquariums as adults. Feeding a varied diet of high quality prepared and frozen foods will help ensure their best colors as they grow.

Peru Black Cory (Corydoras semiaquilus)


One of the larger and more impressive species of Corydoras, the Peru Black Cory is similar to the more well known C. fowleri but have more solid black coloration throughout the body. Found in shallow, sandy and rocky stretches of Peru’s Rio Tahuayo, they do best in aquariums with plenty of open space and moderate current. In the aquarium, they are hardy and make an excellent addition to the lower levels of a medium sized community aquarium or with more peaceful South American Cichlids.

Myersi Basketmouth Cichlid (Caquetaia myersi)


A unique predatory cichlid found in Western Amazon tributaries, the Myersi Cichlid or Myersi Basketmouth is one of several closely related species which use their long, extendable jaws to ambush and inhale smaller fish. In the aquarium, they are hardy and will readily accept prepared foods but care should be taken to ensure smaller tankmates aren’t at risk of being eaten. A typically territorial cichlid, they are not overly aggressive in most cases and make a unique addition to a mixed species cichlid community tank.

Redline Moenkhausia Tetra (Moenkhausia agnesae)


An uncommon, larger growing tetra from is found in Peru’s Rio Itaya, where it is typically found along stream banks close to overhanging vegetation or fallen trees. Hardy and bold, the Redline or Red Striped Moenkhausia is a loosely-schooling fish and makes an ideal tankmate for smaller or medium-sized cichlids.

Albino Red Pacu (Piaractus brachypomum ‘albino’)


One of the larger fish in the Amazon Basin, and an important food fish throughout most of the its range, the Red Belly Pacu is a beautifully marked “gentle giant” suitable for only the largest private aquariums, indoor ponds, or public displays. In the wild, this fish is an opportunistic grazer, which feeds primarily on fallen fruit and nuts from trees overhanging the rivers edge habitat where they are usually found. They are a hardy species, tolerant of a wide range of water conditions – but given their huge size and equally large appetite they will require significant filtration and regular water changes. The Red Pacu will accept almost any frozen or prepared food in the aquarium but should be offered a varied diet heavy in vegetable matter. The Albino morph of this fish only recently entered the market from commercial farms where they are raised primarily as food fish.

Imitator Catfish (Brachyrhamdia meesi)


A rare and unique catfish found throughout much of the Amazon and its tributaries, the Imitator Catfish or Mees’ Pimelodelid is adapted to spend most of its life as a mimic among shoaling species like Otocinclus and Corydoras species, where it likely finds safety from predators among the large groups of more armored catfish. An active fish, it should be kept in groups or at least with other actively schooling species. In the aquarium, they are hardy and undemanding, and will accept a wide variety of sinking prepared or frozen foods.