New fish discovered by Fluval during Colombia expedition


Fluval has announced that a new species of Pike cichlid was discovered during a recent company-sponsored expedition to Colombia, which will be shared with the aquatic world in a soon-to-be-released Fluval documentary.

For 13 days near the end of the latest Colombian dry season, Fluval’s Tom Sarac led a team of aquatic explorers across 2,600 km/1,600 miles of the Llanos, a vast tropical grassland plain situated to the east of the Andes.

The group’s mission was three-fold; to understand and witness this rich bio-diverse environment firsthand, implement their learnings into habitat-accurate products for the home aquarium hobby and, lastly, bring awareness to help protect this precious natural environment from threats such as deforestation, mining and oil/gas production.  

The discovery of the new fish, with a unique “W” shaped trident marking located near its gills, will be featured in Fluval’s upcoming Colombia Expedition film, which will be released in conjunction with the launch of the all-new Fluval Aquatics website later next month. Aquatic fans are encouraged to register on the Fluval home page now in order to be alerted as soon as the site goes live.

A one-minute long trailer of the Colombia Expedition has been released, which can be viewed below.


Fluval is currently in the planning stages of its next expedition, which will take place in Papua New Guinea later this year. Legendary aquatic explorer and Fluval ambassador Heiko Bleher will be among the participants attending that adventure.

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