Species

There are 245 Species of Fish which are on the Brazil Export list and which scientists have identified from the Rio Negro area in Brazil. Here are a few examples of the species available.

Buy a Fish, Save a Tree

Project Piaba was established to foster an environmentally and socially beneficial home aquarium fish trade. The Project grew out of a long-term research program that monitored the cardinal tetra, a popular fish for home aquariums, and other aquarium fishes in the Brazilian Amazon.
When communities thrive selling fish for the aquarium trade, local people protect the resource that sustains them. Project Piaba fosters the sustainable trade in wild-caught home aquarium fish, encouraging people to safeguard both rivers and forests–and all the creatures they harbor.

Apistogramma agassizii

Apistogramma agassizii, also known as Agassiz’s Dwarf Cichlid or Agassizi Apisto, is found throughout most of the Amazon/Solimões basin. The color and patterning of these apistos varies greatly based on where they originate geographically. Color variants include red,...

Corydoras davidsandsi

Corydoras davidsandsi is an active and interesting species of cory cat from the Rio Negro watershed. They have a bold black stripe that can be used to identify them from other similar looking species of cory, (it runs the entire length of their body continuing onto...

Bunocephalus coracoides

Banjo cats, Bunocephalus coracoides, are a species of catfish found throughout the Amazon River basin. They are found in leaf litter and woody debris throughout the Rio Negro and many of its tributaries. Banjo Cats are perfect for the catfish enthusiast, as long as...

Poecilocharax weitzmani

Poecilocharax weitzmani, the black morpho tetra, is a small tetra from the Rio Negro watershed and is one of Project Piaba’s featured fishes. They reach a maximum size of approximately 1.5 inches and are generally peaceful fishes, however they can easily be...

Carnegiella strigata

Carnegiella strigata, the marbled hatchetfish, is one of Project Piaba’s feature fishes. These fish are found in many South American Rivers, including the Rio Negro, where a sustainable wild caught aquarium fishery exists for them. They are found in blackwater,...

Dicrossus filamentosus

The dwarf checkerboard cichlid, Dicrossus filamentosus, is a boldly colored dwarf cichlid from the Rio Negro with a fascinating personality and is one of Project Piaba’s featured fishes. Dicrossus can be slightly more challenging to keep than your average Rio Negro...

Nannostomus trifasciatus

Nannostomus trifasciatus, the three lined pencilfish, is a small but beautiful aquarium fish native to the Rio Negro, and one of Project Piabas featured fishes. Three lined pencilfish reach a maximum size of 1.5 inches and have three striking bold black lines running...

Apistogramme gephyra

Apistogramme gephyra is a colorful dwarf cichlid from the Rio Negro and is one of Project Piabas featured fishes. There are many related species of dwarf cichlids that look similar, however gephyra is distinguished by a subtle yet striking red fringe on the dorsal...

Crenuchus spilurus

Crenuchus spilurus, the Sailfin Tetra, are a species of tetra from the Rio Negro and other Amazon watershed rivers. Reaching a size of 3-3.5 inches, they are larger than your typical home aquarium tetra and should be kept in tanks 20 gallons and larger, with higher...

Acarichthys heckelii

Acarichthys heckelii, or Threadfin Acara, is one of the more elegant-looking cichlids, developing long trailing thread-like projections on their dorsal fin as adults. These fish are native to the northern parts of the Amazon basin in Colombia, Peru, and Brazil. Adults...