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Pre-order Opportunity for Sept. 21

Hello Everyone….

A couple highlights on the list (and the reasons I am ordering)…

Crenicichla compressiceps… the dwarf green pike cichlid and a very attractive price. I have been passing on this species from other suppliers because the retail price would have been $50/fish. They are on this list for $22.99.

Apistogramma rupununi… not the flashiest apisto, but still a nice, uncommon fish at $9.99 each.

Apistogramma agassizii… these fish are from Brazil, but there is no indication from where in Brazil. They could be from anywhere, or even a mix. But Brazillian aggies are different from Peru aggies, and at $11.99 each they are half the price wild pairs from Brazil are going for right now.

L201 and L204 plecos at $19.99 each!!!

Scleromystax barbatus…. WILD… $22.99 each. The last time I saw this species offered wild they were retailing for $50/fish. But the price is not the issue here. Are the fish really S. barbatus? They could be one of the other Scleromystax, which would make them an fantastic deal.

I am in this for the Sclero and the pikes…. jump on if you want something! I need these pre-orders by MONDAY morning 9:00 AM (CST). Sorry for the short turnover. Order details are on the spreadsheet. This time around the file type is .xls, so you should be able to open it. I have also included a .pdf copy, but it is not interactive.

EXCEL ORDER FORM                             PDF VERSION

Have a great weekend!


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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….


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Catfish From Peru

Here is a video highlighting some of the fish that recently arrived from Peru.  The order was predominantly catfish, and so is the video.  Enjoy…

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New Peru Order

A new import from Peru arrived last week with a lot of cool fish that I have not brought in before.  The price lists are updated on the livestock page.  Here are some of the highlights:

Corydoras stenocephalus – Rio Ucayali


Corydoras cf. semiaquilus – Rio Napo


Corydoras orcesi


Elachocharax pulcher


Trochilocharax ornatus


Hyphessobrycon sp. ‘bleeding blue’


Hyphessobrycon ‘red’


Lots of splash tetras…



Candelita tetra



Odontocharacidium aphanes


I have not started photographing the Apistogramma yet, but new fish include:

  • 3 different locations of A. cacatuoides
  • A. nijsseni
  • A. sp. Oregon
  • A. pantalone
  • A. bitaeniata ‘Rio Yavari’
  • A. atahualpa
  • A. alphuayo
  • A. baenschi
  • A. paulmueller ‘Apache’
  • A. ortagai ‘papagayo’

There are also some oddball catfish:  Helogenes marmoratus, Myoglanis koepckei & Denticetopsis seducta

And… because lots of you have asked for them….  more red wolf fish!  Erythrinus erythrinus


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Unpacking A Fish Order

Here is a video on a subject that I have been wanting to show you for a while…. unpacking a large order of fish.  A lot of planning goes into getting a new order of fish into the fish room, especially am import from out of the country.  In this case, 30 boxes from Peru!!!


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New Fish Orders – FINALLY

Every time I think this Winter is over, the forecast calls for more snow.  2-4″ on April 1st?  Really?  If the weatherman is playing a joke, it’s a bad one.  We have warmed up enough that I can start ordering fish again though.  Last week I got a SPECTACULAR order of wild fish from a new source in Columbia.  Big cardinals, lot’s of great cory cats, checkerboard cichlids, royal farlowella, whiptail cats, parrot cichlids, baby wild oscars….  AND AND AND the real Apistogramma viejita!

More great stuff coming March 31.  Several boxes from Brazil that will have some Apisto. mendezi, A. elizibathae and Dicrossus maculatus.  And some Asian fish I have been nervous about missing out on this season.  Chocolate gouramies: regular chocolate, cherry chocolate & vallianti chocolate.  Betta albimarginata.  Betta unimaculata.  Crossocheilus reticulatus… a different siamese algae eater that is reputed to eat brush algae.

If we can get past these SNOW STORMS we might even be able to start shipping 2-day….

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Packing Corydoras Catfish for Shipping – Part 2

Here is the conclusion of the shipping cory cats video…


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Packing & Shipping Corydoras Catfish – Part 1

We have covered the basics of shipping fish, now let’s take a look as some of the specific types of fish and some special considerations for shipping them.  First up, armoured catfish of the Genera Corydoras, Brochis and other similar species.  Catfish are probably some of the more difficult fish to ship because of their frequent puncturing of the bag and the toxic skin excretions.  These challenges can be overcome with a few tricks in packing, which I share in the video (in two parts).  Enjoy…


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A Visit to Bob Schneider’s Cory Catfishery

Bob Schneider is one of the icons in the Chicago area aquarium hobby.  He is actively involved in the Greenwater Aquarium Society, and participates in most of the club swaps and auctions in from southern Michigan to Wisconsin.  Bob raises a lot of Corydoras sp. catfish, and he does it very well in a relatively small fish room.  I have several catfish that I have picked up from Bob at various events, so it was a real pleasure to have the chance to see where they were born and raised.  Enjoy…

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Corydoras caudimaculatus… Afternoon Delight!

I have been working on conditioning this group of catfish for a few months.  When I got them they were thin, but not a single fish died.  I have always liked this species, but never had any success breeding them.  But neither have I ever had this many at one time.  I noticed breeding behavior for the first time a couple weeks ago, but the catfish shared the tank with some rainbow fish grow outs and a LOT of horn wort.  I got all that cleaned out over the weekend, did a big water change and added the yarn mops you will see in the video.  I noticed that the fish were spawning when I went into the fish room at about 5:00 this afternoon.


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