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Tangled Up in Cichlids

 March 18 - 24 , 2023, stock availability

WC = Wild caught fish taken from nature.

F1 = First generation fish spawned from wild fish.

F2 = Second generation spawned from F1 fish.

CB = F3 or greater; tank raised fish and/or of unknown provenance.  

'M/F Pair' = Sexed male and female sold as pair

'Breeding Pair' = Male and Female that have previously spawned successfully

Sex of fish is never guaranteed. All fish are unsexed unless specified as such.

Listed sizes indicate the range of size in 'TL' (total length) for the listed species as measured from smallest to largest of the actual current stock and are guaranteed to be within 1/16th +/-  of an inch of accuracy.  Most fish will be somewhere between the listed size rangeFish will never be smaller than advertised size (within 1/16th +/- ) but may arrive reasonably upsized due to growth. 


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Central American Cichlids
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Amatitlania myrnae 'Rio Lari' F2

F2 juvenile sexed pairs of Rio Lari, Costa Rican 'topaz cichlid' beginning to display purple and amber/yellow adult coloration. C.A.R.E.S species. 

1.5 - 2": $15 ea. - sexed males only 

Amatitlania sajica

CB unsexed juveniles of highly requested, small growing, Costa Rican gem; beautifully colored blue/red (males) & blue/yellow (females) at maturity

1 - 1.5": $15 ea. 

Amatitlania sp. 'Honduran Redpoint'

Real 'Honduran red point' juveniles bred from long term kept pure Rio Los Almendros @ Danli CB breeding colony. Super blue & red, the real thing!

1.5 - 2": $12.50 ea. or 6 @ $10 ea. 

Amphilophus labiatus 'Isla Zapatera'

CB pure 'red devil' juveniles of Isla Zapatera, Lago Nicaragua stock previously and exclusively imported by TUIC that display the characteristic enlarged lips of true labiatus.

1 - 1.5": $10 ea. 

Cribroheros altifrons

Great sized CB juveniles of colorful golden yellow bodied central American sand sifter covered in blue spangles and hues with black vertical mid-lateral band

2.5 - 3":  $15 ea. 

Herichthys tamasopoensis

Juveniles of bright green/blue spangled beauties that display a striking black/white breeding color

3 - 3.5": $15 ea. 

Herotilapia multispinosa

Great sized CB 'rainbow cichlids' - a medium growing, very well behaved & easy to breed species that can be kept in low aggression community

2 - 2.5": $15 ea. 

Hypsophrys nicaraguensis

CB adolescent multicolored Costa Rican 'macaw cichlid, A medium - large growing species with mild aggression that feature a rainbow of colors as adults

4 - 5": $30 ea. - sexed females only

Maskaheros argenteus

CB juveniles of majestic, large growing, tall silver bodied species covered in black pepper spotted pattern

1.5 - 2": $12.50 ea. 

Nandopsis haitiensis

CB juvenile 'black nasty'; a large growing, highly interactive, excellent show fish as adults that display black & white patterned body with long trailing fins and huge fan tails. 

1 - 1.5": $20 ea. or 6 @ $18 ea. - unsexed

Nandopsis tetracanthus

Juvenile 'Cuban' cichlids that mature to an impressive ornate black mosaic pattern over pearl white colored bodies 

1 - 1.5": $12.50 ea.

Parachromis managuensis

Juvenile CB 'Jaguar cichlid' beginning to display intricate bold black pattern over golden/yellow bodies

4 - 4.5": $30 ea. - limited availability (unsexed)

Petenia splendida 

Single CB grow out 'green' wild type adolescent of large growing; huge mouth 'Bay Snook' a low aggression species that makes a great addition for large species community tanks

7": $75 -  sexed male (1 only)

Rocio octofasciata

Juvenile CB aquarium classic 'Jack Dempsey' that develop brilliant blue spangled bodies & purplish colored heads at maturity. The parents produce electric blue offspring so these carry the 'blue' Dempsey gene. 

2 - 2.5": $10 ea. 

Talamancaheros sieboldii 

CB juveniles of uncommon robust, red spotted, black 'bandit-masked' Panamanian riverine species

2.5 - 3": $25 ea. 

Thorichthys meeki

CB grow out 'firemouth' with already impressive deep scarlet red on head & throat and brilliant blue sheen on body

1 - 1.5": $10 ea.


Trichromis salvini

Juveniles from long term captive bred stock that feature striking red and blue spangled patterns over bright yellow bodies at maturity

2 - 2.5": $12.50 ea. or Sexed pairs @ $30 pr.  

Vieja melanura 'var. synspila'

CB 'red head synspila' grow outs that display a rainbow of color w/ extensive red head & ventral coloration at maturity

3 - 3.5": $25 ea. 

9": $75

South American Cichlids
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Acarichthys heckelii

CB 'threadfin acara' golden colored grow outs that become covered with rows of sparkling diamond spots and long fin extentions at maturity

2.5 - 3": $15 ea. 

Acaronia vultuosa 'Rio Inirida' WC

Wild caught, fantastic sized, Rio Inirida 'big-eyed cichlid' w/ distinct war painted face markings over golden body; a rarely imported treat for basket mouth cichlid fans

2.5 - 3": $30 ea. 

Aequidens tetramerus 'Rio Meta' WC

Rarely offered wild collected Colombian 'saddle acara', a robust & hardy medium growing species

2.5 - 3": $18 ea. 

Andinoacara rivulatus 

Brightly colored CB 'Orange Saum' juvenile 'green terrors' displaying bright blue/green body coloring with orange trimmed fins

1.5 - 2": $15 ea. 

Astronotus mikoljii 'Rio Orinoco' WC

Wild collected juveniles of newly described(2022) 'oscars' from Rio Orinoco @ Puerto Carreno; sporting impressive, highly ornate juvenile pattern

2.5 - 3": $20 ea. 

Bujurquina mariae 'Leticia' WC

Potentially first US commercial import of rarely seen or collected, Rio Amazonas @ Leticia acara available in a limited quantity. A TUIC exclusive!

3.5 - 4.5": $75 pr. m/f sexed pairs

Caquetaia myersi 'Rio Guayas' WC

Wild collected juveniles of uniquely specialized large-mouthed piscivore featuring, red eyes, bright yellow body from rarely collected Rio Guayas, Colombia

3.5 - 4": $55 ea. 

Crenicichla semifasciata 'Pantanal' WC

Adolescents of rarely offered small-medium growing 'pike cichlid' featuring short blunt head and several dark blotches along lateral line

3.5 - 4": $75 ea.

Geophagus altifrons 'Rio Uatuman'

Perfect sized grow outs of large growing eartheater from Rio Uatuman, Brazilian breeding stock

2 - 2.5": $18 ea.

Geophagus cf. brasiliensis 'Laguna de Molle' F2

F2 juveniles from Laguna de Molle, Uruguay stock; jumbo growing, brilliantly turqouise spangled race from Uruguay at its southernmost known limit. A cool water tolerant species that is popular in small patio ponds over the summer and unheated/room temperature aquariums 

1.5" - 2.5": $10 ea. 

Geophagus pyrocephalus 'Rio Tapajos' F1

F1 juveniles of recently described (finally!) 'redhead tapajos' from my 2022 wild collected stock

1 - 1.5": $20 ea. or 6 @ 18 ea. 

Geophagus steindachneri 'Rio Magdalena' WC

Wild Colombian 'red hump' Geos; medium growing, very hardy species displaying deep red humped heads with sky blue sheen on sides of body

2.5 - 3": $50 - sexed M/F/F trios 

Guianacara dacrya 'Roraima' WC

Rare offering of wild collected juvenile hump headed, bandit eye-striped earth eater from far northern state of Roraima along Guyana political boundary

1.5 - 2": $40 ea. 

Heros cf. efasciatus 'Rotkeil'

Single CB grow out specimen of ever popular 'rotkeil / red shoulder' severum in spectacular condition with extra long fin extensions

4.5":$50 - 1 female only

Kronoheros cf. umbriferus 'Rio Atrato' WC

Rare offer of large-sized wild collected Choco, Rio Atrato 'black' umbie displaying intricate blue & red spotting over dark body and large predatory teeth showing! 

10": $225 ea. - 1 only

Kronoheros cf. umbriferus 'Rio Magdalena' WC

Highly requested & desirable wild collected Rio Magdalena, Colombian - 'blue freckled monsters' one of the largest growing(up to 30"), and most impressive of all cichlids with brilliant turquoise blue spangled body making for the ultimate show fish!

3 - 3.5": $55 ea. - unsexed

4 - 5": $75 ea.  - unsexed

6 - 7": $100 ea. - unsexed

Laetacara fulvipinnis 'Rio Atabapo' WC

Rarely imported colorful Colombian 'smiling acara' with purple-striped face and amber & blue fins available at a great size in a limited quantity

2 - 3": $25 ea.

3.5 - 4": $35 ea. 

Laetacara thayeri 'Rio Negro' WC

Wild collected 'Thayer’s Dwarf Acara' collected from Rio Negro @ Manaus, this is rare offer for small growing acara fans! 

2.5 - 3": $20 ea. 

Mikrogeophagus altispinosus

large sized and impressive, CB 'Bolivian' or 'rainbow rams'; a md-lg growing 'dwarf cichlid' featuring a literal rainbow of color and personality in a small package and is hardy in cooler temps as well

2.5 - 3": $22 ea. or 6 @ $18 ea. 

Pterophyllum altum 'Rio Orinoco' WC

Absolutely amazing wild Orinoco altums in nearly perfect condition with impressive fins and color; some of the nicest I've seen in a long while. (Listed size is body length, not height. Height is about double the listed length)

2 - 2.5": $85 ea. 

Pterophyllum scalare 'Rio Nanay' WC

Large, impressive sized, wild collected Rio Nanay 'Peruvian altums' already begging to display adult color & spotted pattern (Listed size is body length, not height. Height is about double the listed length)

3 - 3.5": $50 ea. 

Satanoperca mapiritensis 'Rio Orinoco' WC

Rare offer of Colombian earth eater featuring golden body covered in iridescent green spangles that develop a profusely spangled face at maturity 

4.5": $35  - sexed male (1 only) 

Uaru amphiacanthoides

CB juveniles of large growing and peaceful but tough 'triangle cichlid' that is often accompanied by oscars, chocolate cichlids, and many characins as common tank mates

2.5 - 3": $25 ea.  

African / Old World Cichlids
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Heterotilapia buttikoferi 

Juveniles of rarely offered large & robust growing West African tank buster featuring bold, wide black and yellow banded body

2 - 2.5": $15 ea. 

Characins (Tetra types), Cyprinids (Barb/Carp types)
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Hampala macrolepidota 'Thailand' WC

Rare import of wild collected, large growing, robust, colorful, & active cyprinid; coveted sport fish that amounts to a great larger community species

8.5 - 9": $65 ea. 

Hemiodus vorderwinkleri 'Rio dos Apiacas' WC

Possible first ever trade offering of impressively patterned Anostomid from Rio dos Apiacas; a northern tributary of Teles Pires, Mato Grosso state of Brazil featuring 3 bold vertical blotches along upper to mid body

3 - 3.5": $90 ea. 

Hyphessobrycon melanostichos 'Comodoro' WC

Amazing wild Comodoro, Mato Grosso collected 'Black banded Tetra' displaying bright sky-blue body coloration with bold black longitudinal band from eye to caudal

1.5": $18 ea.                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Hyphessobrycon negodagua 'Rio Pratinha' WC

Stunning charcoal colored body that turn jet black when in breeding color surrounded by stark white dorsal & anal fins

1 - 1.5": $15 ea.  

Iguanodectes geisleri 'Rio Negro' WC

Elegant looking slender bodied 'lizard tetra' featuring horizontal red & black bands running from operculum to caudal base. Prefers to be in groups and does well with other small & delicate tetras such as cardinals, dwarf pencil fish, and Mikrogeophagus 

1.5 - 2": $18 ea. 

Leporinus nijsseni

CB juveniles of rarely offered Suriname characin w/ red fins and black spots/bands over gold body; these are super exotic options for active medium sized communities

3 - 3.5": $25 ea. 

Leporinus pellegrini 'Rio Tocantins' WC

Rarely imported wild collected Rio Tocantins @ Imperatris Characin featuring alternating black spots and vertical bands over gold body

3 - 3.5": $65 ea. 

Leporinus striatus 'Pantanal' WC

Super cool 'striped' characin wild collected from Pantanal, Mato Grosso Brazil featuring torpedo shaped, golden/yellow body with rows of lateral black bands from nose to tail and red lips

3 - 3.5": $75 ea. 

Metynnis fasciatus 'Rio Capim'

Highly requested small-medium growing cb ‘tiger striped silver dollars from Rio Capim, Brazlian collected breeding stock displaying bold tiger stripes!

3.5 - 4": $45 pr. - 1 unsexed pair available 

Myleus cf. schomburgkii 'Puerto Carreno' WC

Super colorful 'wide bar' Rio Orinoco Colombian silver dollars of great size that develop intense red spotting on body maturity

4 - 4.5": $50 ea. 

Myleus setiger 'Brazil' WC

Super rare wild male/female pair of red finned 'rainbow pacu / High-fin silver dollar' that sport long streamers on fins at maturity

6.5" f / 7" m: $250  - male / female pair! (1 only)

Myloplus rubripinnis 'Rio Inirida' WC

Wild Colombian 'red hook' silver dollars - a super asset to larger communities for activity and are a great dither for shy cichlids

3.5 - 4": $40 ea. or 6 @ $35 ea.

6.5": $125 - sexed m/f pair

Neolissochilus stracheyi WC

Single specimen of wild Thai-collected, large growing 'blue mahseer'; a highly prized species among large growing cyprinid collectors

9.5": $75 - 1 only

Pseudochalceus kyburzi 'Rio Dagua' WC

Rare offer of 'pink spot Choco tetra' a unique & robust pink spotted tetra that grows to about 4"

3 - 3.5": $10 ea. 

Semaprochilodus laticeps 'Rio Orinoco' WC

Large sized Colombian ‘flagtails’ with black checkerboard pattern on rear of body and black & red striped tails

3.5 - 4": $35 ea. 

Utiaritichthys sennaebragai 'Rio Papagaio' WC

Extremely rare offer and potentially first US offering of wild collected, medium growing 'Pacu' displaying brilliant silver body with yellow tint and becomes enveloped in large red patches at maturity

3.5 - 4": $100 ea. - limited quantity available

Siluriformes species (other catfish species)
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Corydoras araguaiaensis 'Rio Araguaia' WC

Rare offering of amazing wild Rio Araguaia 'spotted corys' featuring rows of large black pepper-like spots over silver bodies. An undemanding and peacful species

2 - 2.5": $70 ea.

Corydoras cf. brevirostris CW027  'Rio Inirida' WC

Perfect sized and brilliantly colored wild Colombian collected 'high-fin cory' that feature an extra tall dorsal fin and a bright 'glow spot' on the top of head in front of dorsal

2 - 2.5": $20 ea. 

Corydoras pulcher 'Labrea' WC

Impressive wild Labrea cty, Amazonas state collected 'pretty cory' featuring bright orange line from eye to tip of extra tall first dorsal ray and dual black spotted lateral lines

2.5 - 3": $35 ea. 

Corydoras robustus 'Rio Madeira' WC

Large sized 'robust cory' wild collected from Rio Madeira, Humaitá featuring bronze colored vertical band from eye and along the first ray of its extra tall dorsal fin

3 - 3.5": $55 ea.

Corydoras weitzmani

Gorgeous golden-brown bodied 'two saddle cory' catfish featuring distinct black blotches over eyes and two 'saddle' marks on back half of body

1.5 - 2": $15 ea. 

Pimelodus pictus ' Rio Orinoco' WC

Colombian collected 'Dalmatian spotted' pictus cats; peaceful & active addition to medium community aquarium and does well in smal groups

2.5 - 3": $10 ea. 

Pimelodus tetramerus 'Rio Tocantins' WC

Unique offering of Rio Tocantins collected 'striped Pimelodus' featuring multiple dark lateral stripes over golden colored body

3 - 3.5": $50 ea. 

Rhinodoras gallagheri 'Rio Ariari' WC

Rarely imported, attractively marked, non-predatory Doradid catfish; a real treat for catfish collectors that won't grow >10"

5.5 - 6.5": $65 ea. 

Loricariid species (armored catfish & pleco) 
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Ancistomus snethlageae L141 'Rio Tapajos' WC

Fantastic sized 'ghost pleco' featuring silver-white body covered in rows of fine black spots and thick white trimmed fins

3.5 - 4": $28 ea. 

Ancistrus claro LDA-008 'Rio Claro' WC

Attractive and fun-sized, wild collected from type locality Rio Claro, Mato Grosso 'gold marbled' bristlenose pleco; a small growing algae eating super species!

2 - 2.5": $45 ea. 

Baryancistrus demantoides L200 'Rio Inirida' WC

Wild juvenile 'hi fin L200 green phantom' plecos featuring lime green body with pearl colored spot pattern and yellow fins

3": $45 ea. 

Baryancistrus xanthellus L177 'Rio Xingu' WC

Incredible wild Rio Xingu L177 'yellow seam gold nugget' displaying large bright yellow spots and thick yellow trimmed fins

3.5 - 4": $35 ea.


Dekeyseria picta L052 'Rio Atabapo' WC

Beautiful small growing (under 6") wild collected 'Atabapo butterfly pleco' featuring alternating chocolate brown and cream colored vertical bands

2.5 - 3": $15 ea.  

Hypostomus faveolus L037 'Rio Tocantins' WC

Wild great sized adolescents of distinctive patterned 'honeycomb pleco' from Rio Tocantins collection

5 - 5.5": $60 ea.

Leporacanthicus cf. galaxias L240 'Rio Inirida' WC

White spotted 'vampire pleco' - jet black body & fins covered in large white polka dots

3 - 4": $55 ea.

Leporacanthicus triactis L091 'Rio Orinoco' WC

Remarkable orange/black banded dorsal, adipose, & caudal fins ‘triple beacon pleco’ in a great size

2.5 - 3": $50 ea. 

Megalancistrus parananus L113 'Pantanal' WC

Adolescents of incredibly rare & seriously spiny, robustly built, ‘Mega pleco' that are completely covered with odontodes like an aquatic porcupine! A must have for the serious pleco collector

13 - 14": $500 ea.  (*ships extra large)

Panaque cochliodon 'Colombia' WC

Single specimen of highly prized Blue-Eyed Panaque featuring gorgeous dark grey / black body with long caudal fin extensions and bright, turquoise blue eyes. Widely considered a 'Holy Grail' species

7.5": $325 - 1 only

Parotocinclus maculicauda 'Magé' WC

Rare wild Mage, Rio De Janeiro collected red finned, spotted Oto cats; peaceful and attractive option for an excellent algae eating powerhouse

1.5 - 2": $18 ea.


Pseudohemiodon apithanos 'Rio Guayas' WC

Formally known as P. sp. 'Caqueta'; only recently identified as the true 'chameleon whiptail'; this is the intricately marked, variably patterned, one of a kind specimens in very ltd qty

6.5": $85 ea. 

Ancients / Oddballs / Brackish


Potamotrygon sp. motoro 'hybrid'

One tank raised, super well cared for & hand fed, motoro stingray hybrid featuring rich chocolate colored body with tan /orange 'flowers' on back. (7" diameter, 12" long w/tail)

7": $750.00




March 18 - 24, 2023 stock availability


​WC = Wild caught fish taken from nature.

F1 = First generation fish spawned from wild fish.

F2 = Second generation spawned from F1 fish.

CB = F3 or greater; tank raised fish and/or of unknown provenance.

'M/F Pair' = Sexed male and female sold as pair.

'Breeding Pair' = Male and Female that have previously spawned successfully.

Sex of fish is never guaranteed. All fish are unsexed unless specified as such. 


Listed sizes indicate the range of size for the listed species as measured from smallest to largest of the actual current stock and are guaranteed to be within 1/16th +/-  of an inch of accuracy of smallest listed size. Most fish will be somewhere between the listed size range. Fish will never be smaller than advertised size (within 1/16th +/- ) but may arrive reasonably upsized due to growth.  .


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