Freshwater Fish Profiles

Updated August 12, 2019
Author: Mike - FishLore Admin
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Below you will find FishLore's freshwater aquarium fish profiles with care information and pictures on some of the most popular freshwater fish species.

It's always a good idea to research a fish before you buy it. You never know if you are going to get accurate information from the person selling the fish to you and using the internet or reading a good freshwater aquarium fish book beforehand is always a good idea. Know what you want to keep and have a plan for stocking your aquarium. Never impulse buy a fish at the pet shop. If you are not sure about stocking options and compatibility with your current fish, hop on the FishLore forum and ask a question before purchasing to avoid any potential issues.

Also be sure to follow proper fish acclimation techniques such as using the slow drip method if there are differences in water chemistry between your tank and the tank from which the fish originated.

This is a BIG page of fish profiles. Use the quick links below to quickly jump to the species you are interested in.

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Freshwater Fish List

Archerfish


Arowana


Barbs / Cyprinids

Bala Shark
Balantiocheilos melanopterus
Bala Shark
Cherry Barb
Puntius titteya
Cherry Barbs
Glofish
Danio rerio
Glofish
Gold Barb
Puntius sachsii
Gold Barb
Goldfish
Carassius auratus
Goldfish
Harlequin Rasbora
Trigonostigma heteromorpha
Harlequin Rasbora
Koi
Cyprinus carpio
Koi
Odessa Barb
Puntius sp.
Odessa Barb
Rainbow Shark
Epalzeorhynchos frenatus
Rainbow Shark
Red Tail Shark
Epalzeorhynchus bicolor
Red Tail Shark
Rosy Barb
Barbus conchonius
Rosy Barb
Rosy Red Minnow
Pimephales promelas
Rosy Red Minnow
Scissor Tail Rasbora
Rasbora trilineata
Scissor Tail Rasbora
Tiger Barb
Puntius tetrazona
Tiger Barb
Tinfoil Barb
Barbus schwanefeldi
Tinfoil Barb
White Cloud Mountain Minnow
Tanichthys albonubes
White Cloud Mountain Minnow
Zebra Danio
Danio rerio
Zebra Danio

Brackish Fish

Columbian Shark
Hexanematichthys seemanni
Columbian Shark
Figure 8 Puffer
Tetraodon biocellatus
Figure 8 Puffer
Green Spotted Puffer
Tetraodon nigroviridis
Green Spotted Puffer

Butterfly Fish


Catfish

Corydoras metae
Corydoras metae
Bandit Cory
Bristlenose Pleco
Ancistrus spp.
Bristlenose Pleco
Bronze Corydoras
Corydoras aeneus
Bronze Corydoras
Bumblebee Catfish
Microglanis iheringi
Bumblebee Catfish
Chinese Algae Eater
Gyrinocheilos aymonieri
Chinese Algae Eater
Columbian Shark
Hexanematichthys seemanni
Columbian Shark
Corydoras Catfish
Corydoras spp.
Corydoras Catfish
Clown Pleco
Panaque maccus
Clown Pleco
Corydoras trilineatus
Corydoras trilineatus
Corydoras trilineatus
Dwarf Corydoras
Corydoras hastatus
Dwarf Corydoras
Glass Catfish
Kryptopterus Minor
Glass Catfish
Gold Nugget Pleco
Baryancistrus sp.
Gold Nugget Pleco
Iridescent Shark
Pangasius hypophthalmus
Iridescent Shark
Julii Corydoras
Corydoras julii
Julii Corydoras
Otocinclus Catfish
Otocinclus vestitus
Otocinclus Catfish
Panda Corydoras
Corydoras panda
Panda Corydoras
Pictus Catfish
Pimelodus pictus
Pictus Catfish
Plecostomus
Hypostomus plecostomus
Plecostomus
hypancistrus l260
Hypancistrus sp (L260)

Queen Arabesque Pleco
Raphael Catfish
Platydoras Costatus

Striped Raphael Catfish
Redtail Catfish
Phractocephalus hemioliopterus
Redtail Catfish
Royal Pleco
Panaque nigrolineatus
Royal Pleco
Schwartz's Cory
Corydoras schwartzi
Schwartz's Cory
Sterbai Corydoras
Corydoras sterbai
Sterbai Corydoras
Upside Down Catfish
Synodontis nigriventris
Upside Down Catfish
Zebra Pleco
Hypancistrus Zebra
Zebra Pleco

Cichlids

Afra Cichlid
Cynotilapia afra
Afra Cichlid
Freshwater Angelfish
Pterophyllum scalare
Freshwater Angelfish
Blue Dolphin Cichlid
Cyrtocara moorii
Blue Dolphin Cichlid
Cockatoo Cichlid
Apsitogramma cacatuoides
Cockatoo Cichlid
Convict Cichlid
Archocentrus nigrofasciatus
Convict Cichlid
Demasoni Cichlid
Pseudotropheus Demasoni
Demasoni Cichlid
Discus Fish
Symphysodon aequifasciatus
Discus
Firemouth Cichlid
Thorichthys meeki
Firemouth Cichlid
Jack Dempsey Fish
Cichlasoma octofasciatum
Jack Dempsey
Jaguar Cichlid
Parachromis managuensis
Jaguar Cichlid
Jewel Cichlid
Hemichromis bimaculatus
Jewel Cichlid
Kenyi Cichlid
Metriaclima lombardoi
Kenyi Cichlid
Krib Cichlid
Pelvicachromis pulcher
Kribensis Cichlid - Krib
Oscar Fish
Astronotus spp.
Oscar Fish
Polit Cichlid
Pseudotropheus polit
Polit Cichlid
Ram Cichlid
Microgeophagus ramirezi
Blue Ram Cichlid
Red Devil Cichlid
Amphilophus labiatus
Red Devil Cichlid
Red Empress Cichlid
Protomelas taeniolatus
Red Empress Cichlid
Saulosi Cichlid
Pseudotropheus Saulosi
Saulosi Cichlid (Dwarf Mbuna)
Severum
Heros efasciatus
Severum
Shell Dweller Cichlid
Neolamprologus multifasciatus
Shell Dweller Cichlid
Yellow Lab Cichlid
Labidochromis caeruleus
Yellow Lab Cichlid
Zebra Cichlid
Pseudotropheus sp.
Zebra Cichlid

Invertebrates

Crayfish, Crawdad
Cambaridae Camburus
Crayfish, Crawdad
Ghost Shrimp
Palaemonetes sp.
Ghost Shrimp
Inca Snail
Pomacea bridgesii
Inca Snail
Red Cherry Shrimp
Neocaridina denticulate sinenis
Red Cherry Shrimp

Puffers

Dwarf Puffer
Carinotetraodon travancoricus
Dwarf Puffer
Red Eye Puffer
Carinotetraodon lorteti
Red Eye Puffer

Glassfish


Gourami

Betta
Betta splendens
Betta
Blue Gourami
Trichogaster trichopterus
Blue Gourami
Dwarf Gourami
Colisa lalia
Dwarf Gourami
Giant Gourami
Osphronemus goramy
Giant Gourami
Kissing Gourami
Helostoma temmincki
Kissing Gourami
Mahachai Betta
Betta sp. Mahachai
Mahachai Betta
Paradise Gourami
Macropodus opercularis
Paradise Fish
Pearl Gourami
Trichogaster leeri
Pearl Gourami
Sparkling Gourami
Trichopsis Pumila
Sparkling Pygmy Gourami

Hatchetfish

Common Hatchetfish
Gasteropelecus sternicla
Common Hatchetfish
Marble Hatchetfish
Carnegiella strigata
Marble Hatchetfish

Killifish


Livebearers

Endlers Livebearer
Poecilia wingei
Endlers Livebearer
Guppy
Poecilia reticulata
Guppy
Molly Fish
Poecilia sphenops
Mollies
Platy Fish
Xiphophorus maculatus
Platy
Swordtail Picture
Xiphophorus helleri
Swordtail

Loaches

Clown Loach
Botia macracantha
Clown Loach
Dojo Loach
Misgurnus anguillicaudatus
Dojo Loach
Hillstream Loach
Beaufortia kweichowensis
Hillstream Loach
Kuhli Loach
Ancanthophthalmus Kuhlii
Kuhli Loach
YoYo Loach
Botia almorhae
YoYo Loach

Tetras

Black Neon Tetra
Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi
Black Neon Tetra
Black Phantom Tetra
Hyphessobrycon megalopterus
Black Phantom Tetra
Black Skirt Tetra
Gymnocorymbus ternetzi
Black Skirt Tetra
Bleeding Heart Tetra
Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma
Bleeding Heart Tetra
Blind Cave Tetra
Astyanax jordani
Blind Cave Tetra
Bloodfin Tetra
Aphyocharax anisitsi
Bloodfin Tetra
Bucktooth Tetra
Exodon paradoxus
Bucktooth Tetra
Buenos Aires Tetra
Hyphessobrycon anisitsi
Buenos Aires Tetra
Cardinal Tetra
Paracheirodon axelrodi
Cardinal Tetra
Cochu's Blue Tetra
Boehlkea fredcochui
Cochu's Blue Tetra
Congo Tetra
Phenacongrammus interrutpus
Congo Tetra
Diamond Tetra
Moenkhausia pittieri
Diamond Tetra
Disk Tetra
Myleus schomburgkii
Disk Tetra
Ember Tetra
Hyphessobrycon amandae
Ember Tetra
Emperor Tetra
Nematobrycon palmeri
Emperor Tetra
glowlight Tetra
Hemigrammus erythrozonus
glowlight Tetra
Green Neon Tetra
Paracheirodon simulans
Green Neon Tetra
Head Tail Light Tetra
Hemigrammus ocellifer
Head and Tail Light Tetra
Lemon Tetra
Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis
Lemon Tetra
Neon Tetra
Paracheirodon innesi
Neon Tetra
Penguin Tetra
Thayeria boehlkei
Penguin Tetra
Piranha
Pygocentrus nattereri
Piranha
Pristella Tetra
Pristella maxillaris
Pristella Tetra
Red Belly Pacu
Piaractus brachypomum
Red Belly Pacu
Red Colombian Tetra
Hyphessobrycon colombianus
Red Colombian Tetra
Red Eye Tetra
Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae
Red Eye Tetra
Rummy Nose Tetra
Hemigrammus bleheri
Rummy Nose Tetra
Serpae Tetra
Hyphessobrycon callistus
Serpae Tetra
Silver Dollar Fish
Metynnis hypsauchen
Silver Dollar
White Skirt Tetra
Gymnocorymbus ternetzi
White Skirt Tetra

References :
Wikipedia
Fishbase