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  • Flagtail Prochilodus / Semaprochilodus insignis For Sale
  • Flagtail Prochilodus / Semaprochilodus insignis For Sale
  • Flagtail Prochilodus / Semaprochilodus insignis For Sale
  • Flagtail Prochilodus / Semaprochilodus insignis For Sale
  • Flagtail Prochilodus / Semaprochilodus insignis For Sale
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Flagtail Prochilodus / Semaprochilodus insignis

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A species that inhabits much of the Amazon basin, the Flagtail Prochilodus (Semiprochilodus insignis) is one of the most common large schooling fish in the Amazon region.

The body of the Prochilodus Flagtail is a classical shape, with its dorsal fin area higher. Its coloring is stunning, presenting a shiny silver, with the upper part slightly darker than the lower in addition to having some black spots. The most interesting color is found in its tail, as the fish's popular name suggests. A strong red tone with black horizontal stripes is present on this one, as well as on the anal and dorsal fins.The pectoral fins are bright red. The color of the Prochilodus Flagtail's fins is something phenomenal. As juveniles, their fins will appear almost transparent, and as they grow the red coloring will become more and more intense. 

The species is known for jumping great heights, so you should always keep your aquarium well covered, avoiding accidents.

Because they have two stomachs and are scavengers, they are constantly nipping at the substrate. In captivity, they will accept both dry and live food, and mainly plant foods such as spinach, lettuce, cucumber, and zucchini, and vegetable and algae-based comecial feed should be provided.

Flagtail Prochilodus is an aggressive fish with its conspecifics. The ideal is to keep it alone or in schools with more than six individuals. When keeping more than six specimens together, they bring a magical look to the tank. The shoal swimming along, exhibiting its shiny scales is certainly a show in itself.

We can’t think of any species of fish that make as great of an addition to the home aquarium as the Flagtail Prochilodus. They are a highly active and extremely attractive fish with their bright shimmery scales and vibrant coloring, they are very hardy fish that do well in a wide variety of water conditions, they are compatible with a huge variety of tank mates, and they are one of the best fish for algae control. They are grazing fish that constantly clean the glass and surfaces in a tank better than most plecos and they are peaceful as well as being a very tough fish that can handle a bit of abuse, making them perfect for community tanks as well as tanks with monster fish. We actually keep at least one in almost every one of our retail tanks and personal tanks due to their unbelievable ability to keep algae under control and their wide range of compatibility with other fish. We highly recommend you do some research on this species and consider one for your home aquarium

Flagtain Prochilodus Care Information:
Scientific name:  Semaprochilodus insignis
Common name: Flagtail Prochilodus
Order: Characiformes — Family:  Prochilodontidae
Distribution: South America: central and western areas of the Amazon Basin and tributaries of Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana and Peru.
Behavior: Peaceful, but aggressive towards the same species.
Adult Size: 10-14 in
Life Expectancy: 8+ years
pH: 5.5 to 7.4
Temperature: 73 to 86 F
Minimum size tank: 125 gallons 
Feeding: Herbivore, detritivore.
Reproduction: Oviparous, their reproduction in captivity is unknown, but it is known that they are free disseminators of eggs and migrate long distances in their natural environment to reproduce.
Sexual Dimorphism: Their sexual dimorphism is somewhat difficult, although females are slightly fuller in the ventral region.
Additional Information: Its meat is highly appreciated by the local population.
It is a species that performs migrations of great distances in huge shoals according to the time of year. The first migration occurs in the rainy season to carry out reproduction when they migrate to the headwaters of rivers. They migrate hundreds of kilometers and are seen jumping through the rapids, in a similar way to Salmon, returning to their place of origin to spawn. After spawning, the fertilized eggs drift along nutrient-rich floodplains, functioning as a kind of nursery for the fry to develop.


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Shipping Information

Livestock Shipping Rates
Continental US: Flat Rate $49.99
Texas: Flat Rate $19.99
Alaska: Flat Rate $99.99

Hawaii: We do not ship to Hawaii

Overnight Delivery
Please note that shipping rates are subject to change.  We are located in the United States and will only ship to the Continental US. We ship using primarily UPS Next Day Air Overnight, which ships directly to your doorstep. Some shipments may be shipped using USPS Priority Express Overnight. Packages are typically delivered between 10:00 am -12:00 pm, but can sometimes be later.
The regular shipping cost includes a box with an insulated box liner and a heat pack during winter months. This does not include a thick-wall styrofoam box. If your order is shipping in below 50°F temperatures or above 90°F, make sure to add Cold Weather Shipping or Hot Weather Shipping to your order prior to checkout, as our regular packaging will not withstand these temperatures. More info below. 
The day the shipping label is created, you'll receive an email with tracking information. 
Orders typically ship within 3-10 business days. We ship Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, which means packages are delivered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please specify what day works best for you to receive on the Cart page prior to check out. If no date is selected prior to check out, your order will be shipped the next available day at our convenience. Please keep in mind that most fish require at least 2 days to clear out their digestive systems before shipping, which may delay shipping them out until the following week depending on when the order was placed.
Airport to Airport Delivery 
This option is only available for large fish or very large orders. 
Airport to airport is typically the fastest, safest, and most economical shipping option for large fish or large orders. The fish are sent to your nearest Southwest Cargo facility at your local airport where you'll be able to pick them up. We will not charge you for shipping if you choose this option. You will pay the airline directly upon pick up, unless Free Shipping applies to your order. 
After placing your order, text us at 936-239-1292 with your Order Number and your Airport Code (ex. LAX, ATL, DFW, JFK, MIA) and we will find the best flight for both you and the fish, as well as walk you through the process if you are unfamiliar with it. 
Local Pick Up
We are located in Livingston Texas (approximately 50 miles North of Houston), but we do not have a public location to visit. However, if you are in the Southeast Texas area and would like to pick up your fish in person, we do offer local meet-up's. Simply select "Local Pick Up" at checkout and include a valid phone number on your order and we will reach out to you to arrange a time to meet up.
Shipping Protection
We take great pride in our packaging and losses are a very rare occurrence, even when shipments are unexpectedly delayed. Due to the nature of our business, losses do happen from time to time. We guarantee Live Arrival on every shipment with our Live Arrival Guarantee, however this only covers the cost of the lost livestock via a store credit and does not cover packages that are lost or stolen. Our Shipping Protection is just a few bucks on most orders and will cover you in case of lost/stolen packages, and will cover your shipping expenses if the order is a total loss. This means that if your order is a total loss, instead of receiving a store credit for the fish minus shipping costs, you will receive a full cash refund back to the original payment source including the shipping costs. 
Cold Weather Shipping
If you expect to receive nighttime low temperatures in your area of less than 50°F, please select this option prior to checkout. While our normal packaging includes heat packs, it is not designed to withstand temperatures below 50°F. We DO NOT check the weather in your area prior to shipping, this is your responsibility. When this option is selected we will use a thick-wall styrofoam shipping box to ensure your new fish arrive to you safely. This up-charge is added to your shipping costs and will be treated the same as your regular shipping costs. If nighttime temperatures in your area are less than 50°F and this option is not selected, our Live Arrival Guarantee will be voided. If temperatures are below 30°F in your area, please consider waiting for warmer weather before you place your order.
Hot Weather Shipping
If you expect to daytime high temperatures in your area of greater than 90°F, please select this option prior to checkout. We DO NOT check the weather in your area prior to shipping, this is your responsibility. When this option is selected we will include cooling packs to your order to ensure your new fish arrive to you safely. This up-charge is added to your shipping costs and will be treated the same as your regular shipping costs. If daytime temperatures in your area are greater than 90°F and this option is not selected, our Live Arrival Guarantee will be voided. If temperatures are above 110°F in your area, please consider waiting for cooler weather before you place your order.

General Information

Pre-orders often take 2-4 weeks to fulfill, but can occasionally take 4-8 weeks, so please be prepared to wait after placing your pre-order. 
If you order In-Stock Livestock with your Pre-Order Livestock, your In-Stock Livestock will be held until your Pre-Order Livestock is ready to ship. 
Pre-orders are subject to cancellation at any time. Due to the nature of pre-ordering livestock, we can not always guarantee that all of the fish that you order will arrive to us. Sometimes due to factors such as shipping delays, availability changes, or fish arriving to us DOA, we will have to either do a partial or full order cancellation. In the unusual case that we are unable to fulfill your order within 8 weeks of being placed, you can choose to receive a full refund with zero cancellation fees, or we will issue an automatic full refund with zero cancellation fees if we determine that we can not fulfill the order at all. 
7-Day and 30-Day Livestock Protection
We are very confident in the health of our livestock and believe that they will continue to thrive in your care, however things don't always work out the way they should. We are offering protection on your new livestock purchase up to $1,000 with our Livestock Protection Programs. If you lose your new fish in the first 7 or 30 days after arrival, simply submit a claim and we will refund the full purchase price of your fish, even if it's your fault! We won't ask any questions about your set up, experience level, water parameters, etc. All we ask for is photographic proof that the fish is no longer alive. Please keep in mind that in some cases we may ask for additional evidence to verify a claim, which may include a photo of the fish cut in half. You must keep the remains in your possession until the claim is resolved. Protection will not apply if lost due to something such as being consumed by tank-mates. Void if the fish has been visibly damaged. Protection fee and shipping are non-refundable. 
Order Cancellation
If you need to make changes to your order, please contact us and we will be happy to assist with any modifications. If an order needs to be canceled after being placed and prior to shipping, we can either issue a store credit for the full amount, or can issue a refund. If a refund is preferred, there will be a 10% fee that will deducted from the refund amount as a service fee and to cover our transactions fees both ways.
Product Photography
We do our best to keep our photos accurate and up to date, but be aware that livestock photos may not always be of the exact fish available unless listed as WYSIWYG. 
Special Requests
Can't find what you're looking for? Head over to our Special Requests page and leave a comment with what you're looking for and we will do our best to find it.
Limitation of Species
We are located in Texas, meaning that while we may be better than all of y'all in the rest of the country, we unfortunately can not keep or sell many of the species that we would like to. This includes fish such as Freshwater Stingrays, Piranha, Arapaima, Electric Eels, and Payara just to name a few. For a full list of restricted species in Texas, head to Texas Parks & Wildlife's list of Invasive, Prohibited and Exotic Species.

Live Arrival Guarantee / DOA Policy

We take great pride in our packaging and losses are a very rare occurrence, even when shipments are unexpectedly delayed. Live arrival is always guaranteed by default on every order, given the conditions below are met. If there are any DOA's in your order, we offer a store credit towards your next purchase for the full value of the lost livestock, minus any shipping charges. Shipping charges are non-refundable. To be eligible for a cash refund for the full value of the lost livestock instead of store credit, Shipping Protection must be included in your order. 

Conditions of Live Arrival Guarantee
1. The package must be received on the first delivery attempt.
2. The package must be sent to the correct address and not a forwarding address. 
3. Temperatures in your area must be between 50-90 °F, unless Cold Weather Shipping or Hot Weather Shipping was added to your order. Find more info about Hot and Cold Weather Shipping in our Shipping and General Information section. 
4. You must fill out our DOA Claim Submission Form within 2 hours of delivery and provide clear photos of the lost item, both inside of the sealed unopened bag as well as laid on a dry surface. 
5. Our DOA Policy does not cover lost/stolen packages if your order does not include Shipping Protection.
We are not responsible for any losses that occur after the fish is removed from the bag or beyond 2 hours after the marked delivery time, so please make sure that you are available to receive your fish as soon as they arrive and that your tank is ready to accept new livestock. 
If your livestock was insured with our 7-Day or 30-Day Protection and you need to file a claim, please fill out the Insurance Claim Submission Form