Iquitos, Peru – Part 1

Here is the first installment from last month’s trip to Iquitos, Peru.  The purpose of the trip was to get our feet wet with visiting Iquitos.  We have every intention of going back, hopefully more than once each year.  So this trip was pretty loosely planned out, and we scheduled out days based upon what was available to us.  This first video is about our first foray out into the city to look at fish sellers.  The video specifically shows the aquarium of my main supplier in Peru.  Enjoy….

Grub Pie… a new insectivore food from Repashy

Repashy Superfood has a new diet:  Grub Pie, an excellent diet that emphasizes insects in its protein profile.  The food is already listed in the stock shop, but it will arrive here this week.  Any orders will ship early next week.

Insectivore Gel Premix

Our Insect Based (75%) Meal Replacement Gel for Insectivorous Species of Tropical Fish. Great for Livebearers, Gouramis, Catfish and even Amphibians. Insects are raised in the USA on high-quality ingredients!


INGREDIENTS: Insect Meal, Dried Seaweed Meal, Coconut Meal, Ground Flaxseed, Stabilized Rice Bran, Dried Brewers Yeast, Lecithin, Dried Kelp, Locust Bean Gum, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Citrate, Salt, Taurine, Watermelon, RoseHips, Hibiscus Flower, Calendula Flower, Marigold Flower, Paprika, Turmeric, Salt, Calcium Propionate and Potassium Sorbate (as preservatives), Magnesium Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Manganese Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Copper Methionine Hydroxy Analogue Chelate, Selenium Yeast. Vitamins: (Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Choline Chloride, L-Ascorbyl-Polyphosphate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Beta Carotene, Pantothenic Acid, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex).

Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein min. 40%, Crude Fat min. 12%, Crude Fiber max. 15%, Moisture max. 10%, Ash max. 12%, Calcium min. 1.5%.

New Stock List… New Peru!!!

Another great order of fish arrived from Peru yesterday.  There are some very rare fish on this one!  Check out all the very cool wood cats, and some Apistogramma species that have been been around for a long time.  I do not have pics of the cichlids yet, but here are some of the catfish:

Acanthodoras sp.


Ageneiosus sp. (only two of these…. contaminant… ask if you want them)


bolt cat!  A. turosus… this is a voracious predator!  Gets big!


Not sure what either of these two are….

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Centromochlus reticulatus!!!!!


Helogenes marmoratus


Tatia dunni… the real deal!  3-4″ adults


Undescribed Tatia sp.   juveniles and adults

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Tetranematichthys sp. (prabably wallacei)… if you are really into these fish, I got a black one in the mix!  ask….


Some of the Apistogramma highlists are:

A. sp. Winklefleck

A. sp. Matses

A. payaminonis…. HOLY GRAIL!!!!

A. sp. rocafuerte/shaly

A. barlowi ‘red’

Trying something different on the apistos…. I always get a wide range of sizes, and some are not sexable.  I have changed the pricing on some items to prices for males (largest in the group0, obvious females and unsexed.  That way you can save some money, but you risk not getting even sex ratios.

I also got in some very nice silver arowana, wild angelfish and red shoulder severums.  Here is the most up to date list:

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New Instock with Plants and new discount structure

Here is a new in-stock list with the plants that came in this week.  I am also doing away with a separate wholesale list, and this new list has a discount structure to accommodate wholesale quantities.

The plants arrived from Singapore in excellent condition, as is usual.  Some of them are in limited quantities, so if you are interested jump on them quickly.

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Group Order Pre-Sale List for Below Water (Oliver Lucanus)

Below Water is Oliver Lucanus’ business in Canada (Montreal).  Oliver has spent a lot of time and effort developing many export contacts from many of countries in South America and Africa, and he manages to bring some of the rarest fish from those countries…. to Canada.  Oliver and I are going to try to offer those fish to hobbyists in the USA.  I am organizing the first pre-sales import to arrive in Chicago on January 8, 2015.  If you are interested in joining in on the order, the link below will download a spreadsheet order form.  The instructions for placing an order are at the top of the spread sheet.  If you have any difficulties, please send me an email ( or contact me through this website.


Here are the basics:

  • Orders are due to me by January 2
  • If we have enough participants to place the order, I will send you a PayPal invoice with the total including shipping from me to you.  That invoice will need to be paid by January 4 in order to place the order.
  • Fish will arrive in Chicago on January 8 (a Thursday) at 9:00 AM.  I will drive down to get the order (clear inspection, customs, etc…) and then repackage the fish (rebag/reox…. water change if necessary) and ship them out to you via FedEx Priority Overnight the same day…. you will receive the fish on Friday, January 9.
  • Prices reflect Oliver’s retail plus a service fee to cover the overhead of the order.  Prices are FOB Chicago… shipping to you from me is extra.  Most boxes will be in the $50 -$70 range to get to you.  If you need a shipping quote before I send you an invoice, please ask.

What’s New?

Newly arrived WILD livestock:

  • Tucanoichthys tucano… the very very cool nano tetra from the Tucano River.. rare!
  • Corydoras duplicareus, imitator, C121 (adolfoi type) & davidsandsi
  • Apistogramma mix, which includes some aggies, gephyra and pertensis… priced to GO!
  • African tetras…  Macralestes sp, African red eye, yellow tail Congo
  • Cichlids… Pelvicachromis humilis ‘Friya’, Pel. taeniatus ‘Lobe’ & ‘Makoure’
  • Dicrossus filamentosus
  • Synodontis decorus & schoutedeni ‘yellow’
  • Paraila pellucida…. the African glass catfish…. VERY COOL!
  • Aplocheilichthys normani

Shipping weather continues to be good, but we are starting to cool off fast!

Plants! Plants! Plants!

A nice plant order arrived today, and immediately a ton of them went out the door.  So many that I have already posted a revised price list.


Here is a list of what is still in stock:

  • Bacopa carolinia ‘variegated’
  • Bacopa myriophylloides
  • Limnophila hippuroides
  • Ludwigea brevipes
  • Ludwigea palustris
  • Myriophyllum hippuroides
  • Anubias barteri ‘broad leaf’
  • Aponogeton boivinianus, capuroni, henkelianus (lace) & longipumulosus
  • Crypt. albida, beckettii, blassi, ciliata & tonkinensis
  • Echinodoras ‘ozelot – green’, ‘red rubin’ & ‘vesuvius’
  • red & green tiger lotus
  • Nymphaea rubra lily
  • Vallisneria americana ‘rubra’, ‘rubra serpenta’, ‘natans’ & ‘biwaensis’

Cool Weather & New Fish!!!

Cooler weather is starting to creep in, and so are new livestock orders.  Price lists are updated with the few new fish that arrived last week, all through quarantine and ready to go.  Wild cardinal tetras and tank-raised rummynose are rock solid.  The male congo tetras are a good size for shipping.  The assassin snails are bigger than usual too. Clown loach season is still on, and the stock I have look awesome… fat loaches!


Livestock orders over the next two weeks include

  • West Africa – Pelvicachromis, Benitochromis, Synodontis, Polypterus, Pantodon, Micralestes and more
  • Brazil – Apisto. mendezi (finally!), Cory. adolofoi, duplicareus, Nannostomus marginatus, Dicrossus filamentosus
  • Columbia – Cory davidsandsi, Oto affinis
  • Singapore – PLANTS!!!!!!!!

Vacation is over!

I am back from vacation and shipping again.  So long as the temperatures are not above 85 where you are at, 2nd day will work fine for a while.  if it is hot where you are at, overnight is best.  Priority Overnight will arrive to most destinations by 10:00 AM.  It will not get picked up here until after 5:00 PM, so the box will be in transit less than 18 hours.  You can see the stock lists here:

Excel Price List

PDF Price List

No Fish Shipments in July

July is here… but I will not be!  I am off to the ACA Convention next week, and then on vacation until the end of July.  Shipping will start again in August.