It Is Finally Here

The Columbus Area Fish Enthusiasts (CAFE) Fall Auction is finally here! Join us tomorrow for an epic auction! There will be a ton of rare fish species that have been lined up by the club. A special thanks to Paul Wingert for acquiring and housing most of the New and Rare (NAR) species that will be in the auction. will also have many species in the auction for NAR including pver a half dozen pleco species, three woodcats species, two cory species, two types of shrimp and much more! See everyone there. For all of the qauction details, please visit CAFE’s website:

Fall Convention and Auction Season

It is almost here! Are you ready? That is right, fall convention and auction season is upon us. It is a time to get together with friends from around the fish hobby to catch up on life and all things fish related. In particular, we are looking forward to Cataclysm. If you are into catfish, this event is a must! There will be great speakers, catfish and a fun time. Check out the Cataclysm website for more details:

Below is an availability list for Cataclysm. All fish are first come, first serve. These are for pre-sale only. While we may bring fish with us, we cannot guarantee this due to our work schedule. Please contact us via email if interested: Take advantage of the free shipping!

Catfish Species Available Common Name Size Price
Centromochlus perugiae F-1 Oil Woodcat 1″+ 6/$60
Corydoras duplicareus F-1 Duplicate Cory 1″+ 6/$60
Corydoras panda F-2 Panda  Cory 1″ 4/$20
Corydoras sp. “CW49” F-2 Diamond Cory 3/4-1″ 6/$100
Hypancistrus zebra F-2 Zebra Pleco 1 1/2″+ $150 ea. 4/$560
Hypancistrus sp. “L-333” Porto de Moz F-2 Yellow King Tiger Pleco 1 1/4″+ 4/$100
Hypancistrus sp. “L-345” F-2 Silver Prince Pleco 1 1/4″+ 4/$120
Hypancistrus sp. “L-411”  F-2 Monte Dourado Pleco 1 1/4″+ 4/$100
Micracanthicus (Hypancistrus) vandragti F-1 L-280 Nano Pleco 1″ 5/$200
Tatia gyrina F-1 Tiger Woodcat 1″ 5/$100
Invertebrates Common Name Size Price
Asolene spixi Spixi Snail 1″+ shell 4/$10
Neocaridinia davidi Blue Dream Shrimp 3/4″+ 12+/$40
Live Foods Common Name Size Price
Daphnia sp. Red Russian Daphnia Water Fleas Starter $5
Panagrellus nepenthicola Banana Worms Starter $5
Turbatrix aceti Vinegar Eels Starter $5

Also on the horizon is our local auction, the Columbus Area Fish Enthusiasts (CAFE) Fall Auction. Our chairman, Paul Wingert, is doing a great job promoting the event on Facebook. Just scroll through all of the auction entries and you see some pretty incredibly rare fish species! Here is a link to the CAFE Facebook page: For all of the auction rules, please visit CAFE’s website at:

Beyond convention and auction season, it looks like we will be heading back to Colombia sooner, rather than later. Things are still coming together for the trip so we cannot share too much just yet. We can share that our objective is to go to the Rio Magdalena and the upper reaches of the Rio Caqueta.

A target species for this trip will be Centromochlus altae. Thankfully due to a few trips previously by other groups, we have confirmation that the species is in the Rio Caqueta region from where it was described. Fingers crossed we can bring this gorgeous species and others back alive!

Photo by Hernando Gil of Centromochlus altae

Summer Time

Summer time is full of fun and sun. We are currently spending some much needed time with family after the passing of an immediate family member. We thank those that have reached out to us to provide their support. It is very much appreciated during this difficult time. As everything, we must press on.

There is good news in the fishroom. Many more of our fish are starting to spawn and we should have many species available going into the fall. Some of the notable species include: Centromochlus perugiae F-1, Hypancistrus sp. “L411” F-2, Micracanthicus (Hypancistrus) vandragti F-1, Tatia gyrina F-1 and Tatia strigata F-3. On the horizon, a few species are close to spawning. These species include: “Centromochlus” schultzi F-1, Corydoras sp. “CW107”, Glanidium (Tatia) sp. “Marble” F-1, Hypancistrus sp. “L136” and Scleromystax sp. “CW147”. Fingers crossed that these species are successful!

In other news, our fishroom is expanding. We are in need of more aquariums and in large quantities. The plan is to add ten 20 gallon aquariums in the next few weeks. Eventually, the goal is to add twenty more grow out aquariums. This will allow us the room for the fry that are currently coming up.

For those wanting a chance to hear about our trips to Colombia, you will get another chance. We will be guest speaking at the October Columbus Area Fish Enthusiasts meeting. Join us for some fun as we travel to Captivating Colombia!  CAFE October Meeting Link

Live Fish Food – Red Russian Daphnia
New 20H Aquariums
Micracanthicus (Hypancistrus) vandragti F-1

Spring Is Here (Well Sort Of)

Spring is trying to make its appearance. It has taken longer than normal much like the 2014 season. It appears that shipping conditions are about right. and we are going to ship a few boxes of fish to get our feet wet again (pun intended). We hope to be able to offer additional shipping soon after. Please be aware that we do currently have a full time job so shipping may well be limited for the time being. We will ship when we can.

If you are coming to the American Killifish Association (AKA) Convention or the Greater Akron Aquarium Society (GAAS) All Aqua Show, be sure to take advantage as we can bring fish. Below is an availability list for the events. Please contact us at: if interested. Please take advantage of the free shipping!

Catfish Species Available Common Name Size Price
Centromochlus perugiae F-1 Oil Woodcat 1″+ 10/$60
Corydoras duplicareus F-1 Duplicate Cory 1″+ 10/$60
Corydoras sp. “CW49” F-2 Diamond Cory 1″+ $20 each
Hypancistrus zebra F-2 Zebra Pleco 1 1/2″+ $150 each 4/$560
Hypancistrus sp. “L-333” Porto de Moz F-2 Yellow King Tiger Pleco 1″+ $25 each
Hypancistrus sp. “L-345” F-2 Silver Prince Pleco 1 1/4″+ $40 each
Hypancistrus sp. “L-411”  F-2 (Small) Monte Dourado Pleco 1″ $25 each
Micracanthicus (Hypancistrus) vandragti F-1 Nano Pleco 1″ $30 each
Invertebrates Common Name Size Price
Asolene spixi Spixi Snail 1″+ shell $5 each
Neocaridinia davidi Blue Dream Shrimp 3/4″+ 12+/$40
Live Foods Common Name Size Price
Daphnia sp. Red Russian Daphnia Water Fleas Starter $5
Panagrellus nepenthicola Banana Worms Starter $5
Turbatrix aceti Vinegar Eels Starter $5

Shipping Dates

Thank you everyone for your patience in regards to shipping. Unfortunately, we have been very busy and unable to ship. We are now looking at starting to ship on certain dates of the year. We have a regular job that does not really allow the time to ship fish at the moment. Once we lock in some dates, we will let you guys now.

Obviously being so busy means we have not been able to update our website as much as we had hoped. This will change but it will take time. So please stay patient as the gears slowly move along.

On a side note, we had a few photos published in the latest Amazonas! This marks the third publication of this great magazine that we have been in. Below are the two photos that were published. And while things are very sad in Venezuela right, we hope that things settle in time like they have in Colombia. One thing is for sure, the area is very beautiful! Be sure to pick up your copy today!

Puerto Carreno, Colombia

We have returned from Puerto Carreno, Colombia and have a lot to share with you. It was an incredible trip full of spectacular views, rare and unexpected finds. In the coming months, we hope to share with you some of the things we saw and found. Keep in mind that a lot of effort went into this trip. We will share what we can but due to some obligations not only to ourselves but also to the fish that we found, we simply cannot share it all.

We have started to share some of the beautiful landscapes that are Los Llanos on our Facebook page: Again, we share some of the highlights with you there and on this website. If you really want to see the full extent of our journey, we encourage you to come to one of our talks this year. We will be presenting in Virginia, Missouri, Massachusetts, California and of course, Ohio. If you cannot be there for one of those talks, you will likely still be able to read about our journey in several publications.

Many of you are probably wondering how the fish we collected are doing. They are still adjusting but have settled well. We have only had minimal losses which is expected. We will share more soon. A special thanks to Ted Judy and Hernando Gil for putting our trip together. Until we talk again, please enjoy these videos and do not forget to subscribe to our Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Happy New Year

Welcome to 2019! We are hoping for some great things this year. First, we will travel to Colombia for what should be some fabulous fishing. The area we are headed to, Puerto Carreno, is well known for its fishing which includes three species of peacock bass, vampire tetras (Payara) and tiger shovelnose catfish. It is also known for its river dolphins and caiman.

There are some notable species of fish that come into the aquarium trade from the areas in and around Puerto Carrreno including: Hemiancistrus sp. L128, Hypancistrus debilittera (L129), less commonly seen Tetranematichthys wallacei and Geophagus taeniopareius. But there are also a number of species that are supposedly found in the area that are not in the trade including: several Ancistrus spp., Hypostomus spp., Peckoltia spp., a Leporacanthicus sp., a Tatia sp., and a Trachelyopterichthys sp. There are also limited records of Corydoras spp. which is very surprising considering their popularity in the hobby. Perhaps the species found there are not very colorful? We hope to find that out and bring some of these species home.

To prepare for the trip, we have purchased some pretty advanced equipment including: diving boots, gloves, a mask, a drone and new waterproof camera. On top of this, we have built several photo tanks from extra glass that we had from making tank lids. All of this should allow us to document our trip in great detail. The challenge will be to find a balance between documenting our trip and fishing time.

To help with keeping our special fish alive, we have added on to the number of battery operated air pumps. We will once again have poly filter to help remove ammonia and other contaminants from the holding containers. It was very useful last year and likely will be again this year.

In order to bring fish home from Colombia, we need to add on to the fishroom. This includes adding ten 50 gallon breeder tanks! This should give us the room that we need to bring some of these fantastic beasts home and give them the space they require. See photos below. It is going to be a great year folks! We have much more to share but need to get back to work. Stay tuned and happy fish keeping everyone!

Photo tank construction
Glass ready for silicon
Larger photo tank
New 6′ Industrial shelving for 50 breeder tanks
New 6′ Industrial shelving for 20 gallon grow outs (photo tanks drying).

Happy New Year #Can’tWait42019

2019 is quickly approaching and we are gearing up for our trip back to Colombia. This means checking our gear and getting the fishroom ready. There is a lot to do before we leave. We need to organize all of our old gear and decide what we will take again this year and what can stay home. We also purchased new gear, which we hope will provide us with the tools we need to catch not only fish but also the photos and video we wish to share with all of you.

The fishroom will be expanding to prepare for the fish we find while in Colombia and plan to bring home. We are making arrangements to set up over 500 gallons more of aquariums including eight 50 breeder aquariums along with twelve 10 gallon aquariums. For those wondering, the fish we bring back go through all of the proper channels being exported from Colombia and then imported into the United States and checked by Fish and Wildlife.

This hobby is a labor of love. It takes a lot of time and energy. You have to have a passion for the fish you keep. The correct preparation is key. A big thanks goes to Hernando Gil and Ted Judy for organizing these trips. We would not be able to go without them organizing the trip. So we also thank you both for your work.

We share some photos both old and new from 2018. Until 2019, check out our channel:

A cooler for Colombia showing liner that will be used to hold fish.

Another view of a cooler for Colombia showing opening on top.

Closed cooler that will be used to hold fish in Colombia.

Various equipment for Colombia

Various equipment for Colombia

Drone for aerial views in Colombia.

Part of our new rack system

Corydoras sp. CW106 and C. sp. CW107

Female Apistogramma personata

Juvenile undescribed Apistogramma from Rio Vaupes, Colombia

Juvenile undescribed Ancistrus from Rio Vaupes, Colombia

Juvenile undescribed Ancistrus from Rio Vaupes, Colombia

Evening meal photo in Mitu, Colombia 2018

Our entire group from our 2018 trip to Mitu, Colombia. From left to right: Jeremy Basch, Vin Kutty, guide and exporter Hernando Gil, collecting organizer Ted Judy, Ariel Borstein and Jeff Cardwell.

The End is Approaching…

The end of the year is quickly approaching! Are you ready for 2019? We are doing our best to prepare. We have a lot going on at the moment. One, we are working on expanding our fishroom. Two, we are expanding our fishroom prior to our return trip to Colombia. We will be visiting Puerto Carreno next year in the Llanos. It will likely be hot and dry, perfect for collecting! Three, we are building our website out to include a shopping cart. For the first time in years, we will offer shipping on our fish.

Please keep in mind that all of this is going to take a lot of time and effort. We still are working full time at our day job so this will not be very easy. You may have noticed our Facebook page, Amazon Tropics, has had a lot of updates recently. We are trying to share information on South American fish we find relevant. We hope you have enjoyed this feature.

At the same time, we have been taking a bunch of photos of fish we will have available next year. The photos will be used not only for the shopping cart but also for sharing information on each species. All of this is being done to give you a special touch that you simply cannot get anywhere else.  So stay tuned, we have a lot of good things coming in 2019!

Hypancistrus sp. “L-345” F-1 Male

We will get photos of the male soon
Hypancistrus sp. “L411” F-1 Female

Ancistrus sp. “Honeycomb” Male

Micracanthicus vandragti Wild Male, Full grown at ONLY 2″! The Nano Pleco

Micracanthicus vandragti Wild Female, Full grown at ONLY 1 1/2″! The Nano Pleco

Tatia gyrina Wild Male

Corydoras duplicareus Wild Female

Corydoras sp. “CW49” F-1 Male

Happy Thanksgiving is wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! Hope everyone is enjoying their time with family, friends and of course, fish! We have a special video for you today, a fish unboxing! A special thank you goes out to Bob Townsend for his gift to us.  Looking forward to all of the special events in 2019!