Tangled Up in Cichlids

Week of June 27, 2022 stock availability


F0 = 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. Fish will never be smaller than advertised size (within 1/16th +/- ) but may arrive upsized.


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Central American Cichlids
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Amatitlania myrnae 'Rio Lari' F1

Extra large and impressive male/female breeding pair of magenta & yellow colored Costa Rican beauties. C.A.R.E.S species

5" male / 4" female: $50 pair - 1 pair available only 

Amatitlania myrnae 'Rio Lari' F2

F2 juveniles of Rio Lari, Costa Rican 'topaz cichlid'.  C.A.R.E.S species

1" - 1.5": $10 ea. 

Astratheros macracanthus 'Rio Los Perros' F2

Uncommon in nature with unique characteristics distinguish it as the only remaining Astatheros species. Grows 10-12" but does well with md growing, md aggression species. Features include robust body shape w/ pastel colors, broad vertical bars w/ pearl scale pattern and orange eyes.

1.5 - 2": $10 ea.

2.5 - 3": $15 ea.

Cibroheros alfari 'Rio Este' F2

F2 juveniles of Rio Este, Costa Rican beauties

3 - 3.5": $15 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 - 2.5": $18 ea. 

Cribroheros robertsoni

CB juveniles of medium growing, brilliant blue spangled central American sand sifter

1.5 - 2": $8 ea.

Cryptoheros cutteri

Beautifully colored featuring a horizontal electric blue stripe over brilliant yellow body  and vertical black striped pattern on this small-medium growing mild mannered species 

1.5 - 2" $12.50 ea. or 6 @ $10 ea. 

Herichthys carpintis

Gorgeous CB juveniles of brilliant electric blue large spotted stock; most similar to the popular 'Escondido' population originally imported by TUIC

3 - 3.5": $18 ea. 

Herichthys deppi 'Rio Bobos' F1

Single, robust show quality sexed male from my own personal aquarium available in rarely offered large size

5.5": $75 - male, 1 only

Herichthys sp. 'El Salto' F1

Rare offering of potentially undescribed carpintis-like, robust Mexican gem w/ emerald green spangles, black throat, and green striped cheeks. Bred in house from my recently collected wild Rio El Salto, MX breeders.
2.5 - 3": $18 ea. or 6 @ $15 ea. 


Herichthys tamasopoensis

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

2.5 - 3": $12.50 ea. or 6 @ $10 ea. 

Hypsophrys nicaraguensis

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

3 - 3.5": $18 ea.​​


Maskaheros argentea

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

1.5 - 2": $15 ea. 

Maskaheros regani

CB juveniles of beautifully colored, large growing species featuring emerald green body w/ red spotted scales

1.5 - 2": $15 ea. 

Nandopsis haitiensis

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

2 - 2.5": $18 ea. or 6 @ $15 ea. 

3 - 3.5": $25 ea. - very limited quantity available

Nosferatu (Herichthys) steindachneri

Gorgeous long-term tank raised female available of massive growing & exceedingly rare MX endemic species

9": $100 - female (1 only)

Oscura heterospilus

Juveniles of uncommon & desirable, mild mannered species that displays a rainbow of pastel colors and large black blotch at center of flanks as adult 

1": $15 ea. or 6 @ $12.50 ea.

Parachromis dovii

Juvenile grow outs of giant growing predatory 'wolf cichlid' bred from colorful CB Costa Rican stock that display intense turquoise blue coloring with heavy spotted pattern at maturity. A true show species for the large aquaria

3.5 - 4": $20 ea.

Parachromis manguensis 'Rio Danto'

Juvenile 'Jaguar cichlid' bred from long term kept Rio Danto, La Ceiba Honduran stock already displaying intricate bold black pattern over golden/yellow bodies

2 - 2.5": $15 ea. or 6 @ $12.50 ea. 

Rheoheros lentiginosum 'Rio Chacamax'

CB juveniles of rarely available slender built riverine species that features gorgeous pastel blue, purple & red hues over silver body with several vertical black bands

1.5 - 2": $20 ea. or 5 @ $18 ea. 

Rocio octofasciata

Young adult CB aquarium classic 'Jack Dempsey' w/ brilliant blue spangling & purplish colored head on males, and blue cheeks on females

2 - 2.5": $10 ea.

Thorichthys maculipinnis

CB juveniles of incredibly showy species adorned with brilliant blue spangling with red/orange bellies and extra tall profile as adults

1.5 - 2: $15 ea. or 6 @ $12.50 ea. 

Thorichthys meeki 'Laguna Coba' F2

F2 juveniles of Laguna Coba, Mexican bred cichlid aquarium classic 'firemouth' that feature intense scarlet red head and throat with brilliant blue sheen on body

1": $10 ea. 

Vieja breidohri 'Rio Salado' F2

Juveniles of less blocky/more streamlined riverine form of highly colorful sky blue & pastel pink race

2 - 2.5": $18 ea. 

Vieja hartwegi 

Single adolescent grow out 'tail bar cichlid' with bright & impressive red & blue spotted pattern 

5.5": $35  - 1 only

Vieja maculicauda

Juveniles of large growing CB Black belts featuring silver bodies covered in black 'pepper' spots with distinct black "belt" and blood red throat 

2.5 - 3": $15 ea. or 6 @ $12.50 ea. 

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": $18 ea. or 6 @ $15 ea. 


South American Cichlids
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Acarichthys heckelii

CB 'threadfin acara' grow outs covered with rows of sparkling diamond spots and long fin extensions at maturity

2 - 2.5": $15 ea. or 6 @ $12.50 ea. 

Aequidens metae 'Rio Manacacias' F0

Impressively colored and sized, 'yellow/orange saddle acara from newly offered Rio Manacacias location, a tributary of Rio Meta

3 - 3.5": $25 ea. 

4 - 4.5": $35 ea. 

Aequidens patricki 'Rio Aguaytia'

Seldom offered red/orange & green acara from tank bred from previous TUIC imported Rio Aguaytia, Peruvian collected stock. 

1": $10 ea.

Aequidens tetramerus 'Rio Guayas' F0 

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

3 - 3.5": $45 ea. - limited quantity available 

Andinoacara cf. coeruleopunctatus 'Rio Guale' F1

First ever offering of F1 juveniles of newly discovered coeru-like acara from one time ever collection(2021) from Darien Gap, Choco, Colombia featuring emerald green body covered in blue spangles and striped face 

1 - 1.5": $18 ea. or 6 @ $15 ea. 

Andinoacara latifrons 'Rio Meta' F0

Juvenile wild Colombian 'turquoise acara' w/ turquoise striped/spangled face & gold & turquoise spangled body. Gorgeous, easy to keep and spawn

2.5 - 3": $18 ea.

Andinoacara pulcher 'Rio Manacas' F2

Single F2 grow out male of pure Tunapuna–Piarco, Trinidad collected 'blue acara' featuring olive green body covered in bright blue/green spangles on face and body

3.5 - 4": $20 ea. - 1 male only

Andinoacara rivulatus

Brightly colored CB juvenile 'green terror' already displaying bright blue/green and orange coloring

2.5 - 3": $15 ea. or 6 @ $12.50 ea. 

Astronotus cf. ocellatus 'Puerto Carreno' F0

Wild juvenile 'orinoco oscars'  collected from Rio Orinoco @ Puerto Carreno; sporting impressive, highly ornate juvenile pattern 

3 - 3.5": $20 ea.

Astronotus cf. ocellatus 'Rio Caqueta' F0

Wild collected undescribed 'oscar' from Rio Caqueta provenance currently displaying ornate juvenile swirl patterns and later mature into gorgeous balck & tan band pattern with rows of bright red lateral spotting on rear flanks

2 - 2.5": $12.50 or 6 @ $10 ea. 

Astronotus crassipinnis 'Rio Araguaia' F0

Wild Brazilian black & gold banded real Rio Araguaia 'bumblebee oscars'; the most requested and sought after 'oscar'

5.5 - 6": $115 ea.

Australoheros scitulus 'Rio Cuaro'  F1

Medium growing beautifully colored red-bellied chanchito from North-Central Uruguay 

1.5 - 2": $10 ea. 

2.5 - 3": $15 ea. 

Australoheros sp. 'Local' F1

F1 juveniles of undescribed 'chanchito' collected on the family ranch of the late Felipe Cantera near Canada El Local, Valentines, Uruguay. Similar to popular sp. 'Red Ceibal'.  Males grow to  7" for males and smaller for females

1 - 1.5": $10 ea. 

Bujurquina mariae 'Leticia' F0

Rarely seen or collected, potentially first US commercial import, collected from Rio Amazonas @ Leticia by my team of Colombian collectors. A TUIC exclusive!

3.5 - 4": $35 ea. - limited quantity available

Bujurquina oenolaemus

Seriously rare offer of juveniles bred from stock I imported in 2020 of rainbow-colored Bolivian rarity covered with brilliant turquoise blue spangles. A must have species for the serious acara collector! 

1 - 1.5": $30 ea. 

Crenicichla frenata 'Trinidad' F0

Gorgeous & great sized medium growing wild Trinidad collected rarity that features bronze colored body with broken black lateral bar, bold ocelli spot on base of caudal, and is covered in brilliant gold spangles   

2.5 - 3": $25 ea. 

3.5 - 4": $35 ea. 

4.5 - 5": $45 ea. 

Geophagus altifrons 'Rio Araguaia'

CB juveniles of large growing earth eater featuring bold electric blue upper lip & lower jaw line and small black lateral blotch from Rio Araguaia Brazilian breeders

1.5 - 2": $20 ea. 

Geophagus argyrostictus 'Rio Xingu' F0

Wild collected Rio Xingu 'blue streak eartheater' that display turquoise blue streak under the eyes and blue spangling around black lateral blotch

3 - 3.5": $50 ea.

Geophagus brasiliensis

Juvenile grow outs of blue spangled, large growing & robust Brazilian eartheaters that make a great centerpiece fish or can mix well as a mild mannered large community cichlid

2 - 2.5": $15 ea. 

Geophagus megasema 'Rio San Martin'

CB juveniles bred from Rio San Martin, Bolivia collected stock; red & blue horizontal striped pattern, huge black lateral spot over golden colored body

2 - 2.5": $20 ea. or 5 @ $18 ea. 

Geophagus neambi 'Ro Tocantins' F0

Rarely offered wild collection of brilliantly blue spangled Rio Tocantins gems

3.5 - 4": $45 ea. or 5 @ $40 ea. 

Geophagus pellegrini 'Upper Rio San Juan' F0

Wild collected upper Rio San Juan, Choco, Colombia 'Yellow hump head' Geos displaying bright golden-yellow and blue colors available in a range of sizes

3.5 - 4": $40 ea. 

4.5 - 5": $50 ea. 

5.5 - 6": $60 ea. - limited quantity available

Geophagus sp. 'Redhead Tapajos' F0

Rarely offered wild young adults of highly requested medium growing eartheater featuring signature bright red heads and electric blue striped tails in rarely offered large size!

4.5 - 5.5": $100 ea.

Geophagus sp. 'Redhead Tapajos'

CB juveniles of medium growing bright redheaded eartheaters 

1.5": $15 ea. 

Geophagus sp. 'Rio Branco'

CB juveniles of large growing breathtakingly beautiful undescribed eartheaters from Rio Branco @ Roraima Brazil breeding stock

1.5 - 2": $18 ea. 

Geophagus sp. 'Rio Caete'

CB juveniles of rarely offered medium growing Rio Caete, Para Brazilian jewel; featuring wide horizontal red stripes over bronze colored body at maturity

1.5 - 2": $20 ea.  

Geopahus steindachneri 'Rio Magdelana' F0

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

3 - 3.5": $25 ea.  - males only

Geophagus sveni 'Rio Parana' F0

Wild young adolescents of exceedingly desirable Rio Parana sveni; the epitome of a showpiece species that every geo fan should keep

3.5 - 4": $90 ea.

Geophagus sveni 'Rio Parana' 

CB juveniles of highly requested and possibly most beautiful of all earth eaters

1.5 - 2": $20 ea. or 5 @ $18 ea. 

Geophagus winemilleri

CB adolescents of very impressive and large growing, mild mannered eartheaters with red striped tails and black 'check mark' on cheek at maturity

1.5 - 2": $26 ea. 

Heros cf. efasciatus 'rotkeil'

Adolescent grow outs of colorful and highly requested Peruvian red shoulder 'Rotkeil' severum in rarely offered size

3 - 4": $28 ea. or 6 @ $25 ea. 


Heros liberifer 'Rio Inirida' F0

Wild incredibly colorful red spotted/sided Colombian mouth-brooding severum available in a limited quantity

4.5 - 5": $50 ea. 

Hypselecara coryphaenoides 'Rio Preto Da Eva' F0

Beautiful scarlet red & yellow wild Brazilian 'yellow nape chocolate cichlid' from Rio Preto Da Eva in a rarely offered large chunky size and one of the nicest populations I have ever seen

5 - 6": $125.00 ea. - limited quantity available

7 - 8": $135.00 ea.  

Hypselecara temporalis 'Rio Nanay' F0

Single stunning grow out from 2020 wild Peruvian import in nearly show perfect condition available in rarely offered large size

8": $100 - 1 only

Hypselecara temporalis

CB ‘chocolate cichlids’ richly colored, mild mannered & showy species featuring red wine colored body and blood red eyes

3 - 3.5": $25 ea. 

Laetacara thayeri 'Leticia' F0

Rarely collected and imported 'Thayer’s Dwarf Acara' collected from Rio Amazonas by special request of my Colombian collectors. This is rare offer for small growing acara fans! 

2.5 - 3": $15 ea.

Mesoheros festae 'Narino' F0

UBER RARE, offering(3rd ever & potentially last) of wild Colombian collected 'red terrors' exclusively collected over several trips from the northern most known natural occurrence of festae @ Narino, Southwestern most dept. of Colombia that forms the political boundary with northwestern Ecuador. 

4": $90 ea. - unsexed -  very limited quantity available

Mesoheros festae

Captive bred juveniles of gorgeous & large growing, highly requested 'red terror' 

2 - 2.5': $18 ea. or 5 @ $15 ea. - unsexed

Mesoheros gephyrus 'Rio Calima' F0

Wild Rio Calima from extreme south of Choco State, Colombia; rarely imported juveniles of large growing, brilliant red & blue spangled beauty 

1.5 - 2": $28 ea.

Mikrogeophagus ramirezi 'Rio Manacacias' F0

Wild Rio Manacacias @ Puerto Gaitán collected, super colored Colombian ‘blue rams’- peaceful, easy to keep, showy species

1.5 - 2": $12.50 ea. or 6 @ $10 ea. 


Pterophyllum altum 'Rio Vichada' F0

Fantastic sized wild collected 'clear water' (non-black water) collected real Colombian altum angels. This hardy population is more tolerant of slightly higher pH and tannins are not necessary, and eating flakes! 

3.5 - 4": $110 ea.

Pterophyllum leopoldi 'Rio Negro' F0

Wild adolescents of seldom imported, uniquely long nosed, hardy 'Roman nosed' Brazilian angelfish; a rare treat for angelfish fans

2.5 - 3": $60 ea. 

Pterophyllum scalare 'Rio Nanay' F0

Large, impressive sized, wild collected Rio Nanay 'Peruvian altums' already begging to display adult color & spotted pattern

3 - 3.5": $55 ea. 

Pterophyllum scalare 'Rio Xingu'

CB juveniles of rarely offered Rio Xingu Brazilian bred true scalare angels with sharp pointed noses and an already impressive pattern

2 - 2.5": $20 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

1.5 - 2": $18 ea. - Limited quantity available 

Paratilapia polleni 'large spot'

Rarely offered grow out sized CB Madagascar 'black diamond /Starry night cichlid' - an incredibly showy species at maturity w/ jet black body covered in white/gold 'star-like' spotting. C.A.R.E.S. species

4.5 - 5": $50 ea. 

Characins (Tetra types), Cyprinids (Barb/Carp types)
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Barbonymus schwanenfeldii F0

Wild Thai collected, large growing 'tinfoil barbs' of robust size; highly regarded for bright red fins with black tips, hardiness, even temperament. Great species for large growing communities

7.5 - 8": $35 ea.

Cyclocheilichthys apogon F0

Super rare import of wild Thai 'beardless barb'; graceful & attractive, 12" growing species w/ black spot-lined, gold body w/ red fins

5 - 5.5": $45 ea. 

Dawkinsia filamentosa

Adolescent 'filament barbs'; featuring chartreuse green & silver body with red, & black tipped tails that make for an extremely active addition to the aquarium and are perfect for bringing out shy small-medium sized cichlids

2 - 2.5": $12.50 ea. or 6 @ $10 ea. 

Hampala macrolepidota F0

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

5.5 - 6": $45 ea. 

Heterocharax virgulatus 'Rio Jufari' F0

Incredibly colored wild Brazilian tetra that displays an absolute rainbow of breathtaking colors from shimming blue, green, violet, to translucent gold & platinum with every angle you look at it from

1.5": $18  or 6 @ $15 ea. 

Metynnis maculatus

CB juveniles of  'spotted Metynnis' silver dollars, featuring bold black spots over shimmering silver body and red anal fin

2 - 2.5": $15 ea. or 6 @$12.50 ea. 

Myleus cf. schomburgkii 'Puerto Carreno' F0

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

3.5 - 4": $55 ea. or 6 @ $50 ea. 

Myleus cf. schomburgkii 'Rio Vichada' F0

Robust clear water collected 'wide bar' silver dollars displaying impressive thick/wide vertical mid-lateral line

4 - 4.5": $60 ea. or 5 @ $55 ea. 

Myloplus rubripinnis 'Rio Inirida' F0

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 5 @ $35 ea.  

Neolissochilus stracheyi F0

Wild Thai collected, large growing 'blue mahseer'; a highly prized species among large growing cyprinid collectors

4 - 4.5": $25 ea. 

5 - 5.5": $35 ea. 

Osteochilus waandersii F0

Wild Thailand collected red-finned 'hard-lipped barb' species; 10" max size - very ltd qty

4 - 4.5": $28 ea.


Tetragonopterus argenteus 'Rio Tocantins' F0

Large growing, huge-eyed Brazilian high-backed tetra featuring chrome-like colored body, red fins, and black spot at base of caudal fins

3.5 - 4": $40 ea. 

Siluriformes species (other catfish species)
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Corydoras cf. brevirostris CW027 'Rio Inirida' F0

Incredibly 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. or 6 @ $18 ea. 

Corydoras (Brochis) splendens 'Rio Putumayuo' F0

Chunky wild collected brilliant emerald green colored cory cat that is peaceful & gregarious and prefers to be maintained in groups

2 - 2.5": $15 ea.

Corydoras sterbai

Highly attractive, very peaceful species displaying horizontal bands of black and while spots on flanks, white spotted head with bright orange pectoral & pelvic fins

1 - 1.5": $12.50 ea. or 6 @ $10 ea. 

Megalechis thoracata 'albino'

Remarkable pink colored body covered in peppered black spots. A peaceful, medium growing catfish with the ability to breathe atmospheric air in a low oxygen environment. These are so cool I'm keeping some for myself!  

1.5 - 2": $15 ea. 

Synodontis decorus

Attractively marked; juvenile black and white polka-dotted cb 'clown squeaker catfish' a rarely offered, peaceful bottom dwelling species that becomes more and more attractive as it matures

2.5 - 3": $28 ea. 

Loricariid species (armored catfish & pleco) 
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Baryancistrus demantoides L200 'Rio Inirida' F0

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

2.5 - 3": $48 ea. 


Hemiancistrus sp. L128 'Rio Orinoco' F0

Wild collected 'Blue Phantom' pleco in denim blue colored bodied with ice/arctic blue spot pattern

1.5 - 2.5": $48 ea. 


Hypostomus faveolus L037 'Rio Tocantins' F0

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

4 - 5": $70 ea. 

Leporacanthicus cf. galaxias L240 'Rio Inirida' F0

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

3.5 - 4": $75 ea.


Panaque nigrolineatus laurafabianae 'Rio Ariari' L330 F0

Newly described wild collected Colombian spotted 'watermelon royal pleco' a larger growing super showpiece species currently available in a range of sizes

8.5 - 9.5": $85 ea. 


Trichropodus pectoralis

Adolescents of large growing and attractive 'snakeskin' gourami maturing to olive & turquoise colored bodies with amber eyes and red thread fins

3.5  - 4": $8 ea. 


Week of June 27, 2022 stock availability

F0 = 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. Fish will never be smaller than advertised size (within 1/16th +/- ) but may arrive upsized.


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