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A stunning and extremely rare Anostomid found throughout Guyana, Suriname and possibly Northeastern Brazil, the Jewel Spotted Anostomid or Hypomasticus megalepis is a medium sized, peaceful characin. Like most of their relatives, they are a loosely schooling fish but show little aggression towards conspecifics and unlike many of the more well-known species of Leporinus or Anostomus, they do not have a tendency to nip fins. This species has a relatively small, somewhat delicate mouth for their size and prefers smaller food items like sinking granules or frozen bloodworms.
A rare Doradid catfish found in the lower Marowijne River in Suriname, the Small Scute or Shalllow Scute Doradid Catfish is typically found on sandy substrate in moderate to slow moving waters. With their heavily armored bodies and sharp pectoral spines, they have few natural predators and are a relatively bold species. Like most of their close relatives, they are a peaceful catfish and feed primarily on small insects, mollusks, and crustaceans in the wild. In the aquarium they are peaceful toward nearly all tankmates and will typically not be bothered by larger, aggressive fish.
A medium – growing cichlid found throughout much of the Guiana Shield drainages, Krobia guianensis is attractively marked and fairly peaceful, making them ideal for a mixed species South American Cichlid community. A hardy and undemanding fish, they prefer soft, acidic water but are adaptable in the aquarium.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.