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Panda Garra (Garra flavatra)

Panda Garra (Garra flavatra)

The Panda Garra (Garra flavatra) or “Panda Loach” is endemic to the Rakhine Yoma/Arakan mountain range in Rakhine state, western Myanmar (Burma) and although incorrectly labeled as a loach; is often sold to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Clown Loach, Panda Loach, Banded Butterfly Loach, or Rainbow Loach. Although the Panda Garra and it’s […]

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Red Hook (Myloplus rubripinnis) School

Red Hook (Myloplus rubripinnis)

The Red Hook (Myloplus rubripinnis) is found throughout Northern South America in the Amazon, Rio Orinoco, and many of the other major river systems.  It has been collected in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela from the densely vegetated slower moving rivers and streams in these regions. In the aquarium trade, Red Hooks […]

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Silver Dollar (Metynnis argenteus)

Silver Dollar (Metynnis argenteus)

Silver Dollar (Metynnis argenteus) is a generic name that is attributed to a number of tropical species in the Characidae (Serrasalmidae) family that are closely related to the South American Pacu and Piranha. All are popular with tropical fish keeping enthusiasts. This Silver Dollar (Metynnis argenteus), is endemic to the Rio Tapajós drainage, in Brazil […]

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Silver Dollar (Metynnis hypsauchen)

Silver Dollar (Metynnis hypsauchen)

Silver Dollar (Metynnis hypsauchen) is a generic name tagged to a number of tropical species in the Characidae (now Serrasalmidae) family which are closely related to the South American Pacu and Piranha; all of which are popular with tropical fish keeping enthusiasts. The common Silver Dollar (Metynnis hypsauchen) is distributed throughout parts of Brazil, Guyana, […]

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Leopard Bush Fish (Ctenopoma Acutirostre)

Leopard Bush Fish (Ctenopoma Acutirostre)

Leopard Bush Fish (Ctenopoma Acutirostre) are also known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as Anabas ocellatus acutirostris, Anabas acuitrostis, Leopard ctenopoma, Spotted Climbing Perch, Spotted Leaf Fish, Spotted Cichlid, and Spotted Ctenoporna. Leopard Bush Fish are endemic to the Congo River basin in Middle Africa and can be found in the densely vegetated streams, rivers, […]

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Spotted Sleeper Goby (Eleotris picta)

Spotted Sleeper Goby (Eleotris picta)

The Spotted Sleeper Goby (Eleotris picta) is a large species that is also known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Spiny Cheek Sleeper Goby, Water Cow, or Water Cow Goby. Several species of Sleeper Gobies are found in fresh and brackish water rivers, estuaries, and coastal regions throughout the Indo-west Pacific, from the eastern […]

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Long Nosed Distichodus (Distichodus Lusosso)

Long Nosed Distichodus (Distichodus Lusosso)

The Long Nosed Distichodus (Distichodus Lusosso) also known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Long Snout Distichodus, is a seldom seen species that originates from Cameroon, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Juveniles are frequently misidentified and sold as the more common Six Banded Distichodus (Distichodus sexfasciatus) which is found in […]

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Chinese High High Fin Banded Shark (Myxocyprinus asiaticus)

Chinese High Fin Banded Shark (Myxocyprinus asiaticus)

The Chinese High Fin Banded Shark (Myxocyprinus asiaticus) is also known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Chinese Banded Shark, Chinese Sailfin Sucker, Banded Loach, High Fin Loach, Sailfin Sucker, Topsail Sucker, Asian Sucker, Chinese Sucker, Wimple Carp, Hilsa Herring, Asian Zebra High Fin Shark, Chinese Emperor, Siamese Sucker, Chinese Banded Shark , and […]

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Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum)

Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum)

Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) were originally native to Mexico and are known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as Mexican salamanders (Ambystoma mexicanum) or Mexican Walking fish.   Before Mexico City’s growth in the basin of Mexico, the Axolotl was native to two high altitude lakes, Lake Xochimilco and Lake Chalco. Of these two, only the remnants of […]

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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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Dragon Goby (Gobioides broussonnetii)

Dragon Goby (Gobioides broussonnetii)

The Dragon Goby (Gobioides broussonnetii) is a bizarre looking species that is also known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Violet Goby, Prehistoric Dragon Goby, Eel Goby, Peruvian Goby, and Dragon Fish. The Dragon Goby is widely distributed throughout the Southern United States, Central America, The Caribbean Islands and Northeastern South America. They have […]

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Elephantnose Fish (Gnathonemus petersii)

Elephantnose Fish (Gnathonemus petersii)

Elephantnose Fish (Gnathonemus petersii) are widely distributed throughout Africa in Mali, Benin, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia. They are a largely nocturnal, scaleless fish that inhabit the dark muddy beds and heavily vegetated areas of slow flowing rivers where they root around the substrate […]

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Spotted African Lungfish (Protopterus dolloi)

Spotted African Lungfish (Protopterus dolloi)

The Spotted African lungfish (Protopterus dolloi) is also referred to by tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Slender Lungfish and is found in middle Africa, the lower Congo River, the Kouilou-Niari, and the Ogowe River basins. Spotted African Lungfish live in the temporary floodplains, riverbeds, swamps, marshes, and backwaters of the above basins and during […]

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West African lungfish (Protopterus annectens)

West African lungfish (Protopterus annectens)

The West African lungfish (Protopterus annectens) is the most commonly seen species in the tropical fish keeping hobby.    It is found in the partially dry floodplains, marshes, slow moving backwaters and the swamps of Guinea, Togo, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Niger, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Burkina, Faso, Gambia, Ghana, Chad, Benin, Senegal, Kenya, Mali, Sudan and the […]

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Gilled African lungfish (Protopterus amphibius)

Gilled African lungfish (Protopterus amphibius)

The Gilled African lungfish (Protopterus amphibius) also known by tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the East African Lungfish, is found in Kenya, Somalia, and Mozambique, East Africa and the delta of the Zambezi River. Gilled African Lungfish are the smallest of the extant lungfish that seldom grow longer than 17 inches in length.    Their bodies […]

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Marbled Lungfish (Protopterus aethiopicus)

The Marbled Lungfish (Protopterus aethiopicus) is found in the African countries of Tanzania, Ethiopia, the Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo and referred to by tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Leopard Lungfish, or African Lungfish . Marbled Lungfish live in the Nile River as well as lakes Albert, Edward, Tanganyika, Victoria, Nabugabo, […]

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South American lungfish (Lepidosiren paradoxa)

South American lungfish (Lepidosiren paradoxa)

The South American lungfish (Lepidosiren paradoxa) is the only species of lungfish found in South America. It frequents swamps and slow moving waters in the Amazon, Rio Paraguay, and lower Paraná River basins, and is known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the American Mud Fish, Amazonian Lungfish, or Scaly Salamanderfish.    It is found […]

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Queensland Lungfish (Neoceratodus forsteri)

Queensland Lungfish (Neoceratodus forsteri)

The Queensland Lungfish (Neoceratodus forsteri) is the sole surviving member of the family Ceratodontidae and is known to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts as the Australian lungfish, Barramunda, or Burnett Salmon. The Queensland lungfish is truly a “living fossil” and one of only six species remaining in modern times. Of the six known surviving members of […]

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West African lungfish Protopterus annectens

Lungfish – The Most Primitive Of Fishes

Lungfish is the generic name given to a group of fish belonging to the families Ceratodontidae, Lepidosirenidae and Protopteridae.    Each family represents a different continent where they can be found specifically, Australia, South America, and Africa. Lungfish get their name from the fact that they can breed atmospheric oxygen by using lungs similar to those […]

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Poecilocharax bovalii

Poecilocharax bovalii Tetra

Poecilocharax bovalii are found only in the Potaro River in Guyana up to Kaieteur Falls. They are exceptionally rare to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts and are difficult to maintain when available. Poecilocharax bovalii are a shy, fast moving, bottom dwelling species that inhabit slow moving blackwater forest ponds where they feed on a variety of […]

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