Tangled Up in Cichlids

Week of May 3, 2021 stock availability

F0 = Wild 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 of unknown provenance.  

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


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. 


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Central American Cichlids
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Amatitlania myrnae 'Rio Lari' F2

F2 juveniles 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.


Amatitlania sajica

Fantastic sized cb grow outs of rarely available, small growing, Costa Rican gem; beautifully colored as mature adults displaying blue/red (males) & blue/yellow (females)

1.5 - 2": $18 ea. 

Amatitlania septemfasciata 'Rio Corinto' F2

F2 grow outs of rarely offered, sm-md growing, blue-eyed maroon colored gem C.A.R.E.S. species

1.5 - 2": $20 ea.                                                                                                                                   


Amatitlania siquia 'Rio Bagaces' F1

Real F1 grow outs of beautifully colored 'convicts' with bright yellow/orange face & fins over purple/blue body from wild Rio Bagaces, Costa Rican breeders

2 - 2.5": $20 ea. 

3 - 3.5": $30 ea. 

2.5/3" Pairs: $50 (m/f pairs)


Amatitlania sp. 'Honduran red point' – leucistic 

CB large pink/platinum bodied Honduran redfins with faint blue hues plus red tail & fins

1 - 1.5": $10 ea.

Amphilophus istlanus

A rainbow colored species that can potentially compete well with larger tank mates. These are house bred juveniles of the beautiful 'red form'  C.A.R.E.S species

1 - 1.5": $10 ea.

Amphilophus labiatus 'Isla Zapetera' F3 

CB pure 'red devil' juveniles of Isla Zapatera, Lago Nicaragua stock displaying characteristic enlarged lips of true labiatus

3 - 3.5": $25 ea.

Amphilophus trimaculatus 'Rio Niltepec' F1

Juvenile grow outs of highly requested pure F1 'trimac' bred from wild collected Rio Niltepec, MX incredibly colorful breeders

1.5 - 2": $15 ea. 

Astratheros macracanthus 'Rio Los Perros' F2

Uncommon in nature and the trade. 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/ pearlscale pattern and orange eyes.

1 - 1.5": $15 ea. or 6 @ $12.50 ea.

Cribroheros alfari 'Rio Este' F2

F2  juveniles of Rio Este, Costa Rican beauties

1 - 1.5": $15 ea. or 6 @ $12.50 ea.

Cribroheros longimanus 'Rio San Juan' F1

F1 juveniles of colorful gold/yellow bodied violet red breasted beauties bred from wild Rio San Juan Costa Rican stock

2 - 2.5": $20 ea. 

Cryptoheros chetumalensis 'Rio Sarstun'

CB juveniles from rarely offered Rio Sarstun, Guatemalan stock; honey colored body with multiple black vertical bars and orange/red throat. Small growing & peaceful does well in a group in appropriate sized aquaria

1.25 - 1.5": $12.50 ea.

Cryptoheros cutteri

CB medium growing with vertical black striped pattern displaying horizontal electric blue stripe over yellow body

1.5 - 2": $15 ea. 

Herotilapia multispinosa 

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

2 - 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

4 - 4.5": $30 ea. or m/f pairs @ $55 pr. 

Maskaheros regani

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

1.5 - 2": $12.50 ea. or 5 @ $10 ea.

Mayaheros beani 'Rio San Pedro' F2

F2 grow outs of beautiful Rio San Pedro Mezquital Mexican jewels featuring intricate gold honeycomb pattern as adults

2 - 2.5": $25 ea. 

Nandopis haitiensis

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

1.5 - 1.5": $15 ea. 

2 - 2.5": $20 ea. 

Parachromis dovii 'Red'

Juveniles of giant growing Costa Rican 'wolf cichlid'  or 'rainbow bass' already showing bold patterns and turquoise/blue back and fins

2 - 2.5": $25 ea. 

Parachromis managuensis

CB great sized young adults displaying bold black mosaic pattern over golden/yellow bodies

4.5 - 5": $25 ea.

6 - 6.5": $45 ea. 

Parachromis motaguenis 'Rio Blanco' F3

CB juvenile real 'red tigers' from pure Rio Blanco Honduran stock

1.5 - 2": $12.50 ea. or 5 @ $10 ea.

Petenia splendida

CB wild 'green' form juveniles of large growing; huge mouth 'Bay Snook' a low aggression species that makes a great addition for large species community tanks

3 - 3.5": $15 ea. 

Rocio octofasciata

CB aquarium classic ‘Jack Dempsey’ w/ brilliant blue spangling & purplish colored head on males, and intense blue cheeks on females

2 - 2.5": $10 ea.

Talamancaheros sieboldii 

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

1.5 - 2": $12.50 ea. or 6 @ $10 ea.


Thorichthys meeki

CB 'firemouth' already with deep scarlet red on head and throat with blue sheen on body. Very impressive colors

1.5 - 2": $10 ea. 

Tomocichla tuba 'Rio Fortuna' F1

F1 growouts of rarely available large growing impressively colorful Costa Rican riverine herbivore

2: $25 ea.

2.5 - 3": $35 ea. 

Trichromis salvini 'Cenote Encantado' F2

F2 juveniles of light yellow body covered in bright electric blue spangles on males and red bellies on females from large, deep, cool water Cenote Encantado, Southern Quintana Roo, MX. An exclusive TUIC collection!

3 - 3.5": $20 ea. (males)

Trichromis salvini 'Pantanos de Centla' F2

F2 juveniles from Pantanos de Centla, Tabasquillo, MX collected super red and bright yellow race of salvini

3": $20 ea.  (males)

Vieja breidohri 'Rio Salado' F2

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

2.5 - 3": $15 ea. or 6 @ $12.50 ea.

Vieja hartwegi 

Juvenile grow out 'tailbar cichlid'  that develop is to impressive red & blue spotted pattern

2 - 2.5": $15 ea.  

3 - 3.5": $20 ea. 

Vieja melanura 'Lago Peten Itza' F1

Chunky real F1 grow outs already developing impressive gold/yellow color from wild Lago Peten Itza, Guatemala breeding stock

2.5 - 3.5": $30 ea. 

Vieja melanura 'var. synspila'

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

6 - 7": $65 ea.

South American Cichlids
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Acaronia vultuosa 'Rio Inirida' F0

Wild Colombian big-eyed 'spangled cichlid' with distinct war painted face markings very limited availability

2.5 - 3": $20 ea. 

Aequidens patricki 'Rio Aguaytia'

CB seldom offered red/orange & green acara from Rio Aguaytia, Peruvian collected stock

2.5 - 3":  $15 ea. or 6 @ $12.50 ea. 

Andinocara pulcher

CB juvenile wild-type 'blue acaras' displaying brilliant blue spangling & vermiculation's on the face

2.5 - 3": $15 ea.

Bujurquina huallagae 'Rio Guaviare' F1

F1 juveniles of Rio Guaviare, San Jose Colombian undescribed rarity that display, intricate turquoise spangles/dashes on cheeks, mild mannered. A TUIC exclusive

3.5 - 4.5": $30 ea.

Bujurquina huallagae 'Rio Putumayo' F0

Wild blue spangled juveniles of uber rare collection from extreme southern Colombian political border with both Ecuador and Peru

2.5 - 3": $25 ea.

Cichla kelberi 'Rio Parana' F0

Wild Rio Parana 'gold spangled peacock bass' - extremely rare import, exceedingly beautiful highly requested species. 

3.5 - 4": $125 ea. 

4.5 - 5": $150 ea. 

6": $175 ea. 

Cichla pinima 'Rio Tapajos' F0

Gorgeous wild Rio Tapajos bass characterized by endless individual variations of bars/spangling pattern

3 - 3.5": $125 ea. or 6 @ $115 ea. 

Cichla piquiti 'Rio Tapajos' F0

Wild Rio Parana 'azul peacock bass' - multiple vertical bars + blue fins = highly sought after! Ltd qty only 

5 - 5.5": $140 ea. 

Cichlasoma dimerus

CB grow outs of emerald colored ovaline bodied acara from F2 Bella Union, Uruguay stock

2 - 2.5": $10 ea. 

Cleithracara maronii

CB juvenile 'keyhole cichlids' a small growing peaceful species that enjoys the company of small groups of same species 

1.5": $12.50 ea. 5 @ $10 ea.

Geophagus neambi 'Ro Tocantins'

Beautiful CB juvenile grow outs from Rio Tocatins, Brazilian breeders

2.5 - 3": $25 ea or 6 @ $22.50 ea. 

Heros cf. efasciatus 'rotkeil'  'Rio Nanay'  F1

F1 juveniles of colorful and highly requested Peruvian red shoulder 'Rotkeil' severum bred from wild adults imported by TUIC

1 - 1.25": $10 ea. 

Krobia aff. guianensis 'sp. 2 - Oyapock River'

CB juveniles of rarely encountered, potentially undescribed, peaceful 'dolphin acara' from French Guiana with blue, yellow, and red striped cheeks

1.5 - 2": $18 ea.

Krobia itanyi

CB juveniles of  incredibly rare Suriname 'Dolphin acara' featuring yellow body with black blotchy lateral band, black caudal blotch and turquoise stripes on face. Very limited

1.5 - 2":  $30 ea.

Kronoheros cf. umbriferus 'Rio Magdalena' F0

Highly requested & desirable wild collected Rio Magdalena, Colombia - 'blue freckled monsters' one of the largest growing, most impressive of all cichlids. A true show species

2 - 2.5": $20 ea. or 6 @ $17.50 (unsexed)

3 - 3.5": $35 ea. (unsexed)

4.5 - 5": $50 ea. (unsexed)

6.5 - 7": $70ea. (female only)

Laetacara araguaiae

CB juveniles of super colorful turquoise blue and yellow 'dwarf smiling acara' – formerly known as 'buckelkopf'

1.5 - 2": $25 ea. 

Laetacara fulvipinnis 'Rio Inirida' F0

Wild Rio Inirida,Venezuela 'orangeflossen' - rarely imported orange-finned, violet-faced 'smiling acaras'

2 - 2.5": $15 ea. 

Mesoheros atromaculatus 'Rio San Juan' F1

CB juveniles of large growing, red-orange and black barred beauty from Upper Rio San Juan, Choco, Colombian stock

3 - 3.5": $30 ea.


Mesoheros gephyrus 'Rio Calima' F0

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

2 - 2.5": $25 ea.

Mesonauta sp. 'Manapiare'

CB juveniles of extremely rare potentially undescribed 'Flag Cichlid' from the Manapiare district, state of Amazonas, in Venezuela

1.5 - 2": $18 or 5 @ $15 ea. 


Mikrogeophagus altispinosus 'Pantanal'

Wild Pantanal, Mato Grosso 'Bolivian' or 'rainbow rams'; a rare import of cool hardy medium growing 'dwarf cichlid' featuring a literal rainbow of color and personality in a small package. 

1.5 - 2": $22 ea. or 5 @ $20 ea. 

Pterophyllum leopoldi 'Rio Negro' F0

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

2.5 - 3": $45 ea. 

Satanoperca sp. 'Negro-Alto Orinoco'

Wild undescribed Santanoperca sp. from Rio Vaupes in SE Colombia; green face w/ bold bands including a unique mid-lateral partial bar

 1.5 - 2": $22 ea. or 5 @ $20 ea. 

African / Old World Cichlids
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Coptodon kottae

CB md growing, gold colored, turning bright yellow & black in spawning dress; endangered species endemic to only 2 lakes in SW Cameroon. C.A.R.E.S species

 2 -3": $10 ea.

Chromidotilapia guntheri 'Nigeria'

CB from Nigerian collected stock; attractive pink and yellow colored, remarkably similar in many respects to more familiar S. Am. eartheaters

3 - 4": $30 ea.

Etroplus suratensis

CB juveniles of large growing, highly ornate 'green chromide': a spectacular jewel spotted, less aggressive rarity

2 - 2.5": $20 ea. or 6 @ $17.50 

Hemichromis elongatus 'Nigeria'

CB grow outs of feisty ‘5 spot general/jewel' - attractive red striped/gold spangled powerhouse that is perfectly capable of competing with many larger growing Central American species

 3.5 - 4": $35 ea.

Hemichromis guttalatum

CB medium growing jewel cichlid male/female pairs w/crimson red body & turquoise spangles

3.5" / 5": $20 (m/f pairs)


Hemichromis lifalili

CB 'dwarf Congo red jewels' ridiculously glowing red body covered w/ turquoise jewel spots a very colorful addition to mild mannered community tanks

2.5 - 3": $12.50 ea.


Heterotilapia buttikoferi

Great sized grow outs of rarely offered bold, wide black and yellow banded West African tank buster

3.5 - 4": $40 ea. 

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

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

2.5 - 3": $50 ea. 

4 - 4.5": $65 ea.

5 - 5.5": $80 ea. 

Hypostomus faveolus L037 'Rio Tocantins' F0

Juveniles of distinctive patterned 'honeycomb pleco' from Rio Tocantins collection

4 - 4.5": $40 ea.

5 - 5.5": $60 ea.

Leporacanthicus cf. galaxias L240 'Rio Inirida' F0

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

2.5 - 3": $50 ea.

Leporacanthicus triactis L091 'Rio Orinoco' F0

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

5 - 6": $55 ea.


Parotocinclus maculicauda 'Mage' F0

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

1.5 - 2": $20 ea. or 5 @ $17 ea. 

Pseudacanthicus spinosus L160 'Rio Tocatins' F0

Wild Brazilian collected medium growing  'spotted cactus pleco'

3.5": $75 ea.

Pseudohemiodon apithanos 'Rio Guayas' F0

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

7 - 7.5": $100 ea.

Scobinancistrus cf. pariolispos L048 'Rio Xingu' F0

Rio Xingu 'gold spotted cloud pleco' showy, large growing species with gold polka dots over black body & fins

3.5  - 4": $75 ea.

Siluriformes species (other catfish species)
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Brachyrhamdia meesi 'Rio Purus'

CB from Rio Purus collected stock. A small growing 3-4" 'Imitator Pim cat' that mimics stripes/eye mask of Corydoras species. Does well in company of multiple individuals

3 - 3.5": $50 ea. or 4 @ $45 ea.

Calophysus macropterus 'Rio Amazonia' F0

Wild Peruvian 'vulture cat' possessing all the 'giant cat' attributes except titanic size. They grow to about 18 inches and does pretty well with tankmates that cannot swallow. A very active and super fast addition to the aquarium.

14": $150 ea.

Corydoras nattereri 'Mage' F0

Wild 'blue cory'; a cool hardy species from Mage @ Rio de Janeiro featuring emerald green body with bright blue lateral line

1.5 - 2": $20 ea. or 4 @ $17 ea. 

Corydoras tukano 'Rio Negro' F0

Wild Rio Negro @ São Gabriel da Cachoeira collected 'bumblebee cory' extremely rare, remarkably attractive Cory sporting bold triple saddle pattern and banded caudal

1.5 - 2": $30 ea. or 5 @ $27 ea. 


Leiarius marmoratus 'Rio Nanay' F0

Wild Peruvian 'marbled cat'. A large growing and spectacular show cat with an intricate 'marble' pattern, large sail like dorsal fin, and super long barbels. A very active catfish that is peaceful(provided it cannot swallow tankmates) that does well with other catfish and large cichlids.

13.5": $100 ea.

Pimelodus pictus F0

Colombian collected 'Dalmatian spotted' pictus cats; peaceful and active addition (groups welcome) to medium community aquarium

3 -3.5": $12.50 ea. or 6 @ $10 ea. 

Rhinodoras gallagheri 'Rio Meta' F0

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

5 - 6": $125 ea.

7 - 8": $150 ea.​

Tenellus cristinae 'Rio Guaviare' F0

Very recently described, unique wild Colombian 'blacktop mouse cat'; a md growing < 8", peaceful, diligent substrate that will interact well in groups

4 - 4.5": $50 ea. or  5 @ $45 ea. 

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

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

5 - 55": $50 ea.

Chromobotia macracanthus

Colorful clown loaches in great size; a playful addition to medium-large sized community tanks

3 - 3.5": $35 ea. or 6 @ $30 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 - 6": $50 ea 

Hampala macrolepidota F0

4.5 - 5.5"Rare import of large growing, robust, colorful, & active cyprinid; coveted sport fish that amounts to a great larger community species

6 -6.5": $55 ea.

Hemigrammus coeruleus 'Rio Negro' F0

Rare wild import of incredible pink stripe Brazilian 'watermelon tetra' from Rio Negro @ Manaus breeding males are scarlet red with blue face!

1.5": $18 or 6 @ $15 ea. 


Leporinus fasciatus 'Rio Nanay' F0

Boldly banded yellow and black Anostomid from Peru; great addition to active md community

5 - 6": $35 ea. or 3 @ $30 ea. 

Moenkhausia clorophthalma 'Serra do Cachimbo' F0

Rare wild Serra do Cachimbo collected Brazilian gem - gold and purple hued beauties

1.5": $25 ea. or 5 @ $22 ea. 

Myleus setiger 'Rio Teles Pires, Mato Grosso' F0

Wild super rare, red finned 'rainbow pacu/silver dollar' that sports streamers on fins, ltd qty only

3 - 3.5": $125 ea. 

Myloplus cf. schomburgkii 'Rio Vichada' F0

Super colorful 'wide bar/blue hook' red spotted Colombian silver dollars of great size

4': $55 ea. or 4 @$50 ea. 

Neolissochilus soroides F0

Rare import of wild Thai collected, lg growing 'pink-scaled mahseer' formally 'Tor soro'; highly prized among lg cyprinid collectorss

3 - 3.5": $45 ea.

Osteochilus waandersii F0

Very rare Thai collection of red-finned 'hard-lipped barb' species; 10" max size - very ltd qty

3.5 - 4": $40 ea.

Puntioplites falcifier F0

Incredibly rare import of Thai high-backed 'sicklefin barb'; highly impressive & unusual in appearance - a true collector's barb

6.5 - 7.5": $75 ea. 

Pygopristis denticulata 'Puerto Gaitan' F0

Rarely available piranha that is highly colorful and may be kept in groups - including other silver dollars, catfish, plus some semi-aggressive cichlids

3 - 3.5": $50 ea. or 5 @ $45 ea.

Week of May 3, 2021 stock availability

F0 = Wild 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 of unknown provenance.  

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


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. 


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