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Glass Catfish (Kryptopterus vitreolus)

Glass Catfish (Kryptopterus vitreolus)

The Glass Catfish (Kryptopterus vitreolus) is also known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Ghost Catfish, Phantom Catfish, Ghost Glass Cat, Indian Ghost, Ghost Fish, or Glass Cat.   It is a small Asian catfish species endemic to Thailand and is the most commonly seen in tropical fish keeping circles. Kryptopterus vitreolus is found […]

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Sand's Cory (Corydoras davidsandsi)

Sand’s Cory (Corydoras davidsandsi)

The Sand’s Cory (Corydoras davidsandsi) is endemic to the lower rio Negro in Brazil where it primarily inhabits tannin stained flooded forests, creeks, and “whitewater areas” with little detectable water hardness, an acidic pH, and very low conductivity. The Sand’s Cory is a facultative air breather that possess a modified intestine that has evolved to […]

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Schultz's Cory (Corydoras haraldschultzi)

Schultz’s Cory (Corydoras haraldschultzi)

Schultz’s Cory (Corydoras haraldschultzi) are found in the river tributaries of the upper Rio Guaporé in the State of Mato Grosso in Central Brazil and in Bolivia, South America. It is often confused with Corydoras araguaiensis, which lacks the orange coloration in the fins, Corydoras spectabilis, Corydoras isbrueckeri, and Sterba’s Cory Cat (Corydoras sterbai). Schultz’s […]

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Sterba's Cory Cat (Corydoras sterbai) School

Sterba’s Cory Cat (Corydoras sterbai)

Sterba’s Cory Cat (Corydoras sterbai) is also known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as Sterba’s Cory, Sterbai Cory, or Sterba’s Corydoras and is found in the small tributaries, pools, creeks and flooded forest areas of the upper Rio Guapore in Bolivia and Brazil, South America. Sterba’s Cory Cat (Corydoras sterbai) is one of the two […]

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Elegans Cory Cat (Corydoras elegans) Pair

Elegans Cory Cat (Corydoras elegans)

The Elegans Cory Cat (Corydoras elegans) also known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Elegant Cory, is a widespread species that comes from the tributaries of the larger river systems in the western Amazon River basin. It has been collected from the Ríos Yavarí (Javary), Itaya, Nanay, Carahuayte, Tamaya, Ampiyacu, and Ucayali in Peru, […]

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Featherfin Squeaker (Synodontis eupterus)

Featherfin Squeaker (Synodontis eupterus)

The Featherfin Squeaker (Synodontis eupterus) inhabits much of central Africa, specifically Nigeria, Sudan, Niger, Chad, Ghana, Mali, and Cameroon as well as the White Nile river system. Tropical fish keeping enthusiasts also know the Featherfin Squeaker as the Featherfin Catfish, Featherfin Synodontis, Synodontis Lace Catfish, and Lace Cat. Featherfin Squeakers are a species of “upside […]

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Peppered Cory Cat (Corydoras paleatus)

Peppered Cory Cat (Corydoras paleatus)

The Peppered Cory Cat (Corydoras paleatus) is a species that comes from the lower Paraná River basin and coastal rivers of Uruguay and Brazil. They are often referred to by tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Blue Leopard Corydora, Mottled Corydora and Peppered Catfish. The Peppered Cory Cat is an active, peaceful, bottom dwelling scavenger […]

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Brichard's Synodontis (Synodontis Brichardi)

Brichard’s Synodontis (Synodontis Brichardi)

The Brichard’s Synodontis (Synodontis Brichardi) is a species of upside down catfish that is found in the heavy, turbulent, river rapids of the lower Congo at Kinsuka, Kinshasa, Zaire. Brichard’s Synodontis have a streamlined, elongated body, with a flat body profile which is uncharacteristic of other Synodontis species.   They have three pairs of barbels on […]

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Hoplo Catfish (Hoplosternum thoracatum)

Hoplo Catfish (Hoplosternum thoracatum)

The Hoplo Catfish (Hoplosternum thoracatum)is found in Brazil, Guyana, Martinique, Paraguay, Trinidad, Venezuela and throughout the Amazon River basin.  They are most frequently found in standing shallow waters that have a dense growth of plants. The Hoplo Catfish (Hoplosternum thoracatum) is synonomus with Megalechis thoracata, Callichtys thoracatus, Hoplosternum orinocoi, Callichthys thoracatus, Callichthys longifilis, Callichthys personatus, […]

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Panda Oto

Tropical Fish Keeping – Otocinclus Catfish

Otocinclus Catfish (Otocinclus sp.) are a popular tropical species of algae eating catfish considered by many tropical fish keeping enthusiasts to be the most desired algae cleaner of all time. All Otocinclus spp. species are super efficient algae eaters that are usually purchased by tropical fish keeping enthusiasts to help clean up undesirable algae from […]

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Zebra Otocinclus Catfish (Otocinclus cocama)

Zebra Otocinclus Catfish (Otocinclus cocama) a.k.a. Tiger Oto

The Zebra Otocinclus (Otocinclus cocama) is one of the smallest catfish in the Loricariidae family and is a voracious algae eating machine. Named for the Cocama-Cocamilla Indian tribes that used to be dominant in the lower Ucayali and lower Marañon region of Peru, Otocinclus cocama is also referred to as the Tiger oto or Zebra […]

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Emerald Green “Cory” Cat (Brochis splendens) a.k.a. Emerald Green Cat

Emerald Green “Cory” Cat (Brochis splendens) a.k.a. Emerald Green Cat

The Emerald Green “Cory” Cat (Brochis splendens) is also known by tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Emerald Brochis, Emerald Catfish, Green Cory, or Emerald Cory and comes from the upper reaches of the Amazon, Rio Ucayali, Rio Ambiyacu, Rio Tocantins, within the countries of Brazil, Columbia, Peru and Ecuador. These catfish are not Corydoras, even though […]

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Skunk Cory Cat (Corydoras arcuatus)

Skunk Cory Cat (Corydoras arcuatus)

Skunk Cory Cat (Corydoras arcuatus) is native to the Rio Unini, a whitewater area of the Rio Negro River in Brazil,generally considered to occur throughout the upper Amazon region in Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia. The Skunk Cory is also known by tropical fish keeping enthusiasts in the aquarium trade as the Arched Cory or Sands’ […]

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Palespotted Cory Cat (Corydoras gossei)

Palespotted Cory Cat (Corydoras gossei)

Palespotted Cory Cats (Corydoras gossei) are a peaceful Brazilian species of catfish found in smaller river tributaries of the Rio Mamore watershed and the Rio Rondonia. The Palespotted Cory is sometimes called the Smokey Cory by tropical fish keeping enthusiasts which probably comes from the greyish color that the species posses on the upper half […]

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Synodontis Angelicus Catfish (Synodontis angelicus)

Synodontis Angelicus Catfish (Synodontis angelicus)

The Synodontis Angelicus Catfish (Synodontis angelicus) is a species of upside-down catfish that tropical fish keeping enthusiasts also refer to as the Angel Catfish, Angelicus Cat, Black Clown Catfish, Polka-dot African catfish or Angel Squeaker.  It is in the “naked catfish” group and may also be known as S. robianus, S. tholloni, S. werneri, and […]

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Tiger Shovelnose Catfish (Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum)

Tiger Shovelnose Catfish (Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum)

The Tiger Shovelnose Catfish (Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum) also known by tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Tiger Catfish, is found in various rivers and tributaries in South America.  It prefers deeper waters in the main river channels but can be found in lakes, flooded forests and other freshwater areas. The body of the Tiger Shovelnose Catfish […]

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Synodontis Ocellifer Catfish (Synodontis ocellifer)

Synodontis Ocellifer Catfish (Synodontis ocellifer)

The Synodontis Ocellifer Catfish (Synodontis ocellifer) hails from the Gambia River and various other river systems of Northern and Western Africa. They inhabit river basins from Senegal to Chad; more specifically the Senegal, Gambia, Volta, Chad, and Niger basins. The Synodontis Ocellifer is a handsome peaceful catfish that has a pale yellowish brown body with […]

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Columbian Shark (Arius jordani)

Columbian Shark (Arius jordani)

The Columbian Shark (Arius jordani) is also known by tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Black Fin Shark, Jordan’s Catfish, and the West American Cat Shark. The Columbian Shark is found in fresh and brackish waters from Mexico to Peru.  They inhabit tidal lagoons and estuaries throughout their range and can withstand a full marine […]

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Striped Raphael Catfish (Platydoras armatulus)

Striped Raphael Catfish (Platydoras armatulus)

  The Striped Raphael Catfish (Platydoras armatulus) is popular with tropical fish keeping enthusiasts and is commonly kept in community aquariums. The Striped Raphael Catfish is also known as the talking catfish, chocolate doradid, thorny catfish, chocolate catfish and Southern Striped Raphael catfish. It has a wide range and is commonly found in the Amazon, […]

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Pictus Catfish (Pimelodus pictus)

Pictus Catfish (Pimelodus pictus)

The Pictus Catfish (Pimelodus pictus) is a peaceful South American species that is native to the Amazon and Orinoco river basins. It has a pale to silvery gray body with a black spotted pattern throughout and extremely long barbels. Pictus Catfish have sharp serrated venomous spines on their dorsal and pectoral fins that always seem […]

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