Welcome to AmazonTropics.com!

Mission statement, “Better Buckeye Bred”

We hope that you find our page informative and innovative! We specialize in fish species from Neotropical ecozones. With over 25 years of experience with fish, we are a leading authority on freshwater tropical fish. We not only have fish spawning in our aquaria but we also offer juvenile fish for sale and are available for speaking engagements. We try to be: Environmental, Ecological and Economical!

Once again, welcome! If you have any further questions, please contact us at: jeremybasch@gmail.com.

Thank you for visiting AmazonTropics.com!

Jeremy Basch – Owner


AmazonTropics.com is the culmination of over 25 years in the fish industry. Owner, Jeremy Basch, started keeping fish when he was just 10 years old! He became hooked when his father took him into a local pet shop. While at the pet shop, Jeremy just could not take his eyes off the saltwater aquarium in front of him. From there he saved his money for a big reef tank.

At the age of 16, Jeremy started working for the largest and local fish store in Ohio. While working at this store, he met a few co-workers around his age who suggested that he experiment with freshwater fish first before going all in on saltwater. Jeremy began by setting up one tank, then two and eventually he had a fish tank in 7 different rooms in his parents’ house! To this day, he is still friends with many of his former coworkers.

Jeremy spent 12 years working for the local fish store and assisted with fish husbandry, quarantine and eventually an assistant manager. This exposed Jeremy to almost every type of fish that comes into the hobby. With an average of 30-40 boxes of fish per week, he lived and breathed fish every day!

Jeremy has also been involved with the local fish club, the Columbus Area Fish Enthusiasts (CAFÉ). With Jeremy at the helm and through club’s efforts, the club grew from less than 12 members to over 75! After 10 years as chairman, Jeremy has since passed on his duties but still assists the club with various duties. You can still catch him at regular club meetings and auctions in and around Columbus.

Through the years of his fishkeeping, Jeremy has kept various species of fish but he found his passion with South American fish species. He also has an attraction to the killifish of West Africa. Jeremy started his first fishroom in 2004 and it has gone through various modifications through the years.

Today, AmazonTropics.com houses over 100 aquariums ranging in size from a few gallons to well over one hundred gallons! AmazonTropics.com specializes in catfish of the families, Loricariidae and Auchenipteridae. In fact, we were the first in the world to have Liosomadoras oncinus spawn in our aquaria! We also have on hand species from the families, Callichthyidae and Aspredinidae. Along with catfish, we also keep some species of cichlids from the family Cichlidae, the Geophaginae which include Geophagus and Apistogramma.


Zebra Pleco Update

Ask and you shall receive! A few of you have asked and we hope we delivered with our recent video on our zebra plecos, Hypancistrus zebra. While we know the video quality could use improving, it still shares a lot of useful information. The tanks themselves are 20 highs outfitted with sponge filters and heaters. …

Fish Availability

We receive a lot of inquiries in regards to our fish availability. We are working hard to provide the best fish available in the hobby. It truly is a labor of love and dedication to raise fish but we enjoy every minute of it. It is going to take time to get to the point where we can offer fish on regular basis but we will get there.

We know many of you are just waiting to pick up some tank raised fish from one of the best breeders in the world and we promise the wait will be worth it. We hope to have something more concrete by the end of the year so our dedicated customers will be able to pick out the fish of their dreams! So please be patient as we expand our operations to offer you the best fish possible.


A small number of F-2 Hypancistrus zebra, Zebra Plecos will be available for the upcoming All-American Catfish Convention. This event is hosted by the Potomac Valley Aquarium Society from October 4th through the 7th at the Hyatt Dulles Hotel in Herndon Virginia. The line up is jam packed and it is the catfish event to be at this year!

You must be a registered attendee and attending the convention in order to purchase our zebra plecos. These fish will NOT be available for shipping so please do not ask as we will not even consider shipping at this time. All zebras are for pre-sale only and must be paid in full prior to the convention. All fish will be between 1.75-2″. We are offering these for the special price of only $150/each! For more details about the event, please visit the convention website at: CatCon 2018. Please email us at: jeremybasch@gmail.com for further details. Serious inquires only please.

Please note that we will also have an availability list of other fish species closer to the event. It is highly likely that other interesting species will be available on it including: woodcats, cories and other plecos. So stay tuned as CatCon 2018 approaches!

Terms and Conditions

AmazonTropics.com currently only sells tank raised fish, plants, invertebrates, and live food cultures. As a result, we offer THE healthiest livestock and live food for your aquaria. All livestock is examined prior to shipping for size and health.

AmazonTropics.com has a minimum order of $75. This price does not include shipping charges or PayPal.com fees. We accept payments through PayPal.com only. An additional 4% is required for all PayPal.com transactions. All funds must clear before shipping arrangements can be made. For PayPal.com payments, please send funds to: jeremybasch@gmail.com.

Pick up is available if arranged to be picked up at local fish club events or regional conventions. This gets the fish directly to you without the hassle of dealing with shipping charges and fees. Please consider this option when possible.

We ship all our fish next day air to your door via FedEx. Please email us prior to shipping so we can provide shipping charges. Shipping is available Monday through Wednesday and needs to be arranged ahead of time. We will only ship weather permitting and at our discretion. Cool packs or heat packs are available for $3/box.

Live arrival is guaranteed through shipments sent and delivered priority overnight by 10:30am. You must be present for delivery of your fish at the address provided. All shipping charges are non-refundable. If you have any issues with our fish, please contact us at: jeremybasch@gmail.com.

All fish should not be drip acclimated as the buildup of waste products during shipping will cause an increase in ammonia upon opening the bags. Instead, turn the lights off the aquarium of which the new acquisitions will be entering. You may float the unopened bags for 15-20 minutes to acclimated to temperature. Then open the bags and dump the entire contents through a brine shrimp net discarding the water the fish arrived in. Then place the fish in their new aquarium. Wait to feed your new fish until the next day and offer food sparingly until they are willing to accept food.