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Madagascan Rainbowfish (Bedotia Madagascariensis) female

Madagascar Rainbow Fish (Bedotia madagascarensis)

The Madagascar Rainbow Fish (Bedotia madagascarensis) in found in the clear, flowing streams and waterways on the African island nation of Madagascar north of of Manambalo Creek and the middle and upper Ivoloina River. Madagascar Rainbow Fish are collected from the small streams and lower stretches of rivers that drain into the coastal lagoons and […]

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Orange Laser Cory (Corydoras aeneus) pair

Orange Laser Cory (Corydoras aeneus)

The Orange Laser Cory (Corydoras aeneus) (CW 010) is a peaceful Peruvian species that is also known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Gold Laser Cory, Orange Stripe Cory, or Peru Orange Stripe Cory. Orange Laser Coryadoras are found in the upper Amazonian rain forests of eastern Peru in the Upper Amazon, Marañón, Ucayali, […]

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Moina (Moina macrocopa)

Moina (Moina macrocopa)

Moina (Moina macrocopa) is a common freshwater crustacean generically known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the water flea.   They are found to some degree in all parts of America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and almost every continent on earth. Moina macrocopa are commonly found in stagnant or very slow moving water that contains large amounts […]

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Tubifex Worms (Tubifex tubifex)

Tubifex Worms (Tubifex tubifex)

Tubifex Worms (Tubifex tubifex) also known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as Sludge Worms or Sewage Worms are a segmented worm species found in the the bottom sediments of rivers, lakes, sewer lines and discharge outlets worldwide. Of the 16 known species of Tubifex in the genus below,  Tubifex tubifex is the most commercially raised: […]

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Microworms (Panagrellus redivivus)

Microworms (Panagrellus redivivus) are actually small, round, free living nematodes, that are easy to grow, easy to collect and make a great food for tiny tropical fish and baby fry. Traditionally, newly hatched brine shrimp nauplii have been used almost exclusively by tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the initial food for fry however, they die […]

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Daphnia pulex

Daphnia (Daphnia pulex)

Daphnia (Daphnia pulex) is the most common freshwater species known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as Water Fleas, Moina, or Water Bugs. They inhabit almost every slow moving, nutrient rich body of water as plankton in open water lakes, living mainly in the upper portion of the water column near the algae rich surface, or […]

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Female Daphnia (Daphnia Magna)

Daphnia (Daphnia Magna)

Daphnia (Daphnia Magna) are known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as Water Bugs or Water Fleas and make an excellent live freshwater food source that can be collected from farm ponds, acidic swamps, or easily cultured in your home. Daphnia Magna are small plankton like crustaceans that are found in South America and throughout the northern […]

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Brine shrimp (Artemia salina)

Brine Shrimp (Artemia)

Brine Shrimp (Artemia) also known as Sea-Monkeys, is a prehistoric genus of aquatic crustaceans commonly used by tropical fish keeping enthusiasts the world over as a food source for adult tropical fish and their fry. Brine Shrimp are found in inland saltwater lakes with high salinities up to 25%, which for the most part protects […]

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Vinegar Eels (Tubatrix aceti)

Vinegar Eels (Tubatrix aceti) are harmless, non parasitic nematodes, that many tropical fish keeping breeders feed to smaller fry when larger microworms and baby brine shrimp or smaller infusoria cannot be used. Many tropical fish keeping enthusiasts prefer feeding vinegar eels to smaller fry instead of microworms because of their ability to live in freshwater […]

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White Worms (Enchytraeus albidus)

White Worms (Enchytraeus albidus)

White Worms (Enchytraeus albidus) are are very easy to raise when kept in the right conditions and make an excellent live food source for a variety of carnivorous tropical fish species. White worms are relatives of the common earthworm.   They are white, seldom grow over 1″ in length, are free of parasites, are high in […]

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White Worm Culture

Live Foods For Killifish

Killifish and many other carnivores in their natural environment feed on live foods like small crustaceans, worms, a variety of insects, and insect larvae.    Although a few species of killifish include algae into their diets, the majority of killifish kept by tropical fish keeping enthusiasts are carnivores that require live foods to keep them healthy […]

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Red Striped Killifish (Aphyosemion striatum)

Red Striped Killifish (Aphyosemion striatum)

The Red Striped Killifish (Aphyosemion striatum) is found locally between the lower Mitmele River, in Equatorial Guinea and the lower Ogooué basin in Gabon, including the Mbei, Komo,and Gabon watersheds in western Africa, and is regarded as a good “beginners Killie” by many tropical fish keeping enthusiasts. The Red Striped Killifish inhabits the freshwater swamps […]

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Clown Killifish (Pseudepiplatys annulatus)

Clown Killifish (Pseudepiplatys annulatus)

The Clown Killifish (Pseudepiplatys annulatus) also known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Rocket Killie, Banded Panchax, or Clown Killie is a miniature non-annual species found in the slow moving streams in the swamps, savannas, and tropical rain forests of southern Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone,in West Africa. In the wild, Pseudepiplatys annulatus or […]

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Lyretail Killie (Aphyosemion australe)

Lyretail Killi (Aphyosemion australe)

The Lyretail Killi (Aphyosemion australe) is a non-annual killifish known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Golden Lyretail or Lyretail Panchax and is found along the Atlantic coastline of Central Africa from Cape Lopesz, near the mouth of the Ogooué River, Gabon south, throughout the lowland areas of Africa. This species of Lyretail Killi […]

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Flagtail Prochilodus (Semaprochilodus insignis)

Flagtail Prochilodus (Semaprochilodus insignis)

The Flagtail Prochilodus (Semaprochilodus insignis) known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts and Brazilians as Jaraqui, is endemic to Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, and Peru. Flagtail Prochilodus (Semaprochilodus insignis) are quite common and one of the most widely distributed shoaling species found in South America, where they are locally utilized as a food fish. Twice each […]

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Sparkling Gourami (Trichopsis pumila)

Sparkling Gourami (Trichopsis pumila)

The Sparkling Gourami (Trichopsis pumila) also known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Pygmy Gourami or Dwarf Croaking Gourami is found throughout the lower Mekong River basin in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Saigon, southern Vietnam. Sparkling Gourami are closely related to Bettas and Pseudosphromenus and have a distinct preference for sluggish, still to stagnant […]

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Parrot Pacu (Ossubtus xinguensi)

Parrot Pacu (Ossubtus xinguensi)

The Parrot Pacu (Ossubtus xinguensi) also known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Eaglebeak Pacu is an endangered species found only in the faster moving rapids of the Xingu River basin in the Brazilian Amazon. Parrot Pacus have been observed in the system from Volta Grande do Xingu in the lower Xingu and it’s […]

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Black Pacu (Colossoma macropomum)

Black Pacu (Colossoma macropomum)

The Black Pacu (Colossoma macropomum) also known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Tambaqui, Blackfinned Colossoma, Giant Pacu, Cachama, and Gamitana Blackfinned Pacu is native to the Amazon and Orinoco River basins in South America. The Black Pacu is a close relative to the Red Bellied Pacu (Piaractus brachypomus) and is the largest characin […]

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Red Bellied Pacu (Piaractus brachypomus)

Red Bellied Pacu (Piaractus brachypomus)

The Red Bellied Pacu (Piaractus brachypomus) locally known as the Pirapitinga, is probably one of the most commonly kept species available to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts.   It is primarily found in the main river channels of the Rio Orinoco and Amazon river basins in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela. The species is locally prized […]

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Black Band Myleus (Myloplus schomburgkii)

Black Band Myleus (Myloplus schomburgkii)

The Black Band Myleus (Myloplus schomburgkii) known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Black Ear Pacu, Black Barred Myleus, Disk Tetra, or Disk Pacu is found in the Nanay River and several other areas of the Amazon River basin, as well as the Orinoco River basin in Brazil, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. Black Band […]

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