Vendor 03-20 Rare Fish price list


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Hypostomus luteus c.b. babies 2"-2.25" -
first time in a long time. These were bred in a group of 10, with various parents of phase 2 and 3. Videos will be posted on instagram of them eating, they have full bellies. Someone bought the entire group from the breeder and I was only able to get some. They're here $225.00 each. This is your chance to own the holy grail of plecos without having to sacrifice huge tank space /stimulus check / tax return.

L018 Baryancistrus xanthellus - gold nuggets 3.5-4" $45.00 each

c.b. L240 Vampire pleco 1.5" babies, super clean and sharp looking. $35.00 each
c.b. L128 Hemiancistrus sp. blue phantom 3.25" $45.00 each

c.b. L183 Ancistrus dolichoptera - white seam bushy nose 1" $20.00 each

L200a Baryancistrus demantoides - green phantom pleco 3.5" $45.00 each

Hypostomus margaritifer - 10"
one piece only., jet black with yellow spots. These can also tolerate cold water, peaceful towards other fish. very rare in the hobby. $350.00

Hypostomus luteus adults -
I have a couple of phase 2, and phase 2.5 available, around 14-15" big., eating pellets. These are amazing display fish, will make most of your fish look dull next to them. Prices start at $650.00 each

Rhindoras dorbingyi - super cool and active mid sized armor catfish

3" $45.00


c.b. Boulengerochroms microlepis
2" $20.00 each
largest of Tanganyikan ciclids, the peacock bass of Africa.

Heros severum super red 3.5" $25.00 each
these are the reddest of any severums out there.

Acaricthys heckeli albino - 2" are back and won't last $30.00 each.

Geophagus sveni - 3-4" captive bred with super nice colors already $30.00 each

Oreochromis niloticus sub species Eduardianus Lake Kivu- rare f1 of a wild type tilapia 3-4" $45 each

C.B. Pterophyllum altum - altum angels, silver dollar coin body size, eating pellets and flakes, I have lost zero so far. They're hardy. unlike wild ones you spend $25-28 dollars each, 80% will die and are very sensitive. New batch and much bigger. These are very strong. $100.00 each only 3 left.

Oreochromis tanganicae - from highly colored strain, as seen on our instagram of the actual parents. These babies are 3-4" big, eating everything., some are showing a hint of the adult colors already. Unsexed $45.00 each

Barbs / Cyprinids

Tor tambroides super red from Tembat
- for the people who know how rare these are and how red they get. 6" fish showing red tail., limited quantity. half are sold already and some waiting to ship out. I'll show the adults on IG later. serious inquiries only. The fun is to grow them and groom them to reach their full potential of red color.

Tor cf. khudree 2" babies, wild from India. $75.00 each, limited qty.

Candidia barbata 2" only 2 that got mixed in with the Opsariicthys sp. $35.00 each
Taiwan horse mouth barb

Spinibarbus hollandi - these are the Taiwan equivalent of an Indian masheer, same slender build and predatory face, will reach 4 feet or so in the wild. Rare to find in the hobby, cold tolerant 3" $45.00 each

Opsariichthys pachycephalus - Taiwan zacco the males get super orange with blue flank and red anal fin, displays flashing colors when they're mature. 2" subadults., cold tolerant and will eat anything. Easy to keep, hard to find $25.00 each

Tanakia himantegus
- Taiwan bitterling, nice little fish, with a lot of color and personality, cold water tolerant. 1.5" babies $10.00 each


Hydrocynus goliath
4-4.5" size very clean and healthy, eating cut fish $150.00 each. I'm determined to grow some out

Rhoadsia altipinna super rare semi predatory tetra. Like a rainbow colored sabertooth from Ecuador. can reach 6-7" big, will eat small fish, but peaceful overall. 1-2" they're growing fast and showing colors! $30.00 each.

Myloplus torquatus "Brazil" These are medium sized wild Silver dollars for the aficionado connoisseurs grade of silver dollar/pacu type. They have a gold orange anal fin and greenish body. Will look amazing when they grow big, this is not a common one you will see from your local fish store. They have a beak on them as well. $100.00 each quarter to half dollar size.

Oddball fish

Tetradon fahaka wild Nigeria
4" readily eats cut fish and cut shrimp, group of 5 total $50.00 each

Tetradon baiylei - hairy puffer 2" babies, eating out of my hand., video will be posted later on IG or FB. $75.00 each

Rhinogobius rubromaculatus - red spotted goby. recently reclassified into several new species and subspecies. Wild caught Taiwan 1" babies $25.00 each

Macrobrachium gracillirostre adults-
These are the most beautiful shrimps out there, period! they have been bred, but it takes some dedication to raise the babies. 3-4" adults $75.00 a pair

Tetradon mbu 3" big, limited quantity $125.00
will go through quarantine now, ready to ship in one week, but will take orders and payments first., once gone they're gone.

Papyrocranus afer - pom pom afer knife 16" show specimen, one only. beautiful markings, eat cut fish. $175.00

Mostly brackish - many first time and new items!

Lutjanus russelli spotted snapper
- brackish 2-4" range $85.00 each

Lutjanus argentimaculatus - true mangrove red snapper that has been known to be found living in complete freshwater on many accounts, aggressive and can grow to 30" plus $45.00 each

Omobranchus ferox - tooth blenny $25.00 each

Omobranchus faciolaticeps top hat blenny $30.00 each
one of my favorites, interacts with you, smartest fish out there.

Periopthalmus modestus - bigger sized mudskippers 3-4" $35.00 each
Taiwan origin - not the Nigerian sp.

Cryptarius truncatus - these square head salmon cat with a tiny mouth can reach about 18" big, gold and blue colored, you've never seen them in the USA before. I only have 2 right now, healthy and strong. I'm working on getting a few more., serious inquiries only. $175.00 each

Ophioelostris aporos - red spotted gudgeon - native to Taiwan, coloring up nicely, only a few available. 3-4" $45.00 each

Giuris margaritacea - snakehead gudgeon - this is patterned like a chameleon and can reach over 12" can tolerate and live in a wide range of water from full salt to full freshwater. They will eat pellets and small shrimps. Rarely offered or seen 5" big right now $65.00 each

Epinephelus lanceolatus - captive bred queensland grouper. These were bred in low brackish water, destined for restaurants in China. I rescued these babies, that will eventually grow big enough to eat everything in your tank and your dog, you've been warned. 3" babies. $125.00 each

Echidna rhodochilus - white cheeked moray eel. These fish are like marine green morays, with a velvety green and brown skin that has a reflective tint. They came in very clean and are already eating smelt and shrimp, currently living with some cichlids. 10-14" big $65.00 each

Caranx ignobilis - giant trevally 3" $65.00 each 4-5" $75.00 each
These will grow fast and eat everything in its path. They're also found in a freshwater lake in the Phillipines, Lake Taal. Read up on it!

Gymnothorax polyuranodon - I've kept them in pure fresh for years., my customer kept them with discus. Current study states they do not go into Marine water. Some never even enter brackish water. This is one of the only true moray eels that do this. I've had some 48 inch ones in the past. only a handful left and available.

15" $150.00
25" $330.00
30" $400.00

Lutjanus fulvus - yellow margined snapper - often found in fresh to brackish area. Not as aggressive as the red snapper., easy to keep. Very rarely collected and imported. Already eating, as soon as I released them into the tank. 3-4" $100.00 each very limited quantity

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Shipping via fedex is still good, usually 65-85 anywhere east of California. No extra charge for box, bags, and heatpacks.

Larger orders can go air cargo which would be $65.00 for a huge box, but for orders over 500 and over.

Here is my understanding of brackish water, and I've kept and researched this topic for over 25 years, yes I am old. I've collected and kept brackish fish ever since I was a kid and I've traveled to many countries up until now and have done the same.

People usually turn away as soon as they hear the word "brackish"
People often say "they'll need salt water as they grow older" which has no scientific backing whatsoever.
People think "salt" is the magic ingredient to keep them alive, which it isn't. Its not sodium chloride that makes them live, but a higher level of Calcium, magnesium that helps them grow and do well.
People often think, monodactylus, scats and spotted puffers are the only fish they can keep when there are thousands of species that venture into the brackish regions from freshwater and many come from the ocean. I will list the few I can think of off the top of my head with supporting evidence, and thank you for reading this far.

All the salmons, trouts, and chars, have land locked populations and ocean going populations, and this can interchange. Also not all anadromous pacific salmons die after spawning. There are sea run brown trouts, and brook trouts, and many more!

Most of the Poecilidae sp. like mollies, guppies, sword tails can and will live in pure freshwater, Mexico city where many are found, and down to the salt water in the Salton sea, where only a few species survive.

There was an article about Central American Cichlids, red devil, managuense, and dovii, etc... "Guapote" that live and breed in the ocean tidepools, published in TFH back in the early 1990s. I have severums that have bred in my brackish tank and raised their fry.

For the Heiko Bleher fans, he did a presentation a few years back, that showed pictures of red groupers and snappers that were caught in a landlocked lake.

Lake Taal in the Philippines which is believed to host populations of a few salt water fish, including the giant trevally, GT.

Many lakes host Bull sharks, charcharinus leucas - that travel hundreds, even thousand miles inland. Lake Nicaragua, Mississippi river, Ganges river, Zambezi river, etc, and there are many other sharks, like Glyphys sp. that is also found far up into the freshwater regions.

Blennies., did you know there is a complete freshwater species of blenny from Spain? This fish has eluded me forever., somebody want to ship me some???? Salaria fluviatilis. Similar to the ones like Omobranchus sp.

Epinephelus lanceolatus - Jeremy Wade caught a 50 pounder that was how many miles up river? and they breed them in brackish water for aquaculture now, seen with my own eyes. but many other species in the genus in Asia, as well as the giant grouper from the Atlantic, Epinephalus itajara can be found far into the river.

Centrompomus sp. snooks - i've actually caught small landlocked ones in lakes.

Most sturgeons - some go into the ocean, some are landlocked.

Alligator gars - have been seen and found in the ocean around Louisiana - I've read., maybe someone from there can chime in.

Tilapia of many species, oreochromis genus are found in salt water, like Salton sea, Alawai canal Hawaii., and around the world.

Brachyplatystoma filementosum, vaillanti - these are found just a couple of miles from the ocean in nearly salt water as well as up in Rio Nanay thousands of miles from the ocean.

Barbs, many are actually found in brackish water. The ever so hated and controlled Grass carp that was introduced by the US government, are actually raised in brackish water to enhance their meat quality in Asia., and there is naturally a family called Tribolodon sp. found around Japan that is the most colorful barb that actually is anadromous! I've caught a fat grown out gold fish miles from the ocean in brackish water, he took bait, so he wasn't stressed, and he was fat.

King mackeral, there is documents of a Scomberoides sp. that has been found way up in the Mekong river. According to Oliver Lucanus which I met many years ago, use to joke about how there was a freshwater "tuna" like fish which is this!

Megalops cyrpinoides and atlanticus - tarpons from Asia and the Atlantic can go far into the rivers.

The list can go on and on., many of the drums, some are brackish, some are fresh and salt.. Many of the tongue fish, soles, and flounders. Most puffers besides the deep reef and open pelagic species venture far into the freshwater. Acanthopagrus, Therapon sp., most of the gobies. many share relatives in the ocean, brackish, and some are landlocked while their cousins have babies that descend into the ocean to complete their life cycle. Many of the aguiliformes, true eels, and some gymnothorax sp. Many of the percadae, like Lates japonicus, calcarifer, lateolabrax, but also the Mandarin perch, like Siniperca. Plotosus, and the other stinging catfish species, many of the pangasius., and Himantura sp. rays. Notesthes robusta - the bullrout, this fish has eluded me my whole life. I need it. All the scats, and monos, and many of the jack trevally. In Hawaii, you can catch 3 species of Jack trevally far into the rivers. All the mullets, and they have shared landlocked ancestors. gudgeons, monos, archers. There are a dozen of species of Aridae sp, like sciades coumas, parkeri to cryptarius truncatus - google this one up, super cool- from South America to Asia that live in freshwater, some can reach 3-4 feet in length.

Remember that most rivers and estuaries, when the tide goes out, it happens once or twice a day the water becomes freshwater, and when the tide comes in, it becomes salt water., so the fish live in between and move up and down between these areas. They do not require a specific gravity or salinity to survive., and the shift is rather quick. Brackish fish are actually some of the most tolerant fish of all!

Part of the fun of fish keeping in being able to crack the code to keeping a certain species and learning about them. There is just so much about science and nature that we just don't understand and it is hard for us to unlearn what we've been told all of our lives, but remember that science is fluid instead of concrete. Once upon a time people did believe that the earth was flat and cutting part of your frontal lobe out was beneficial for mental health. Sorry for the typographical errors, and thank you for listening, happy fish keeping. Share this message!

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Awesome list.
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Black Skirt Tetra
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Dec 16, 2018
Are the giant trevally currently in brackish water, and if so would they be able to be transitioned to freshwater?


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Are the giant trevally currently in brackish water, and if so would they be able to be transitioned to freshwater?
You’d have to email Wes and he’ll tell you. I’d imagine brackish and stay brackish to full salt.
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