Ornamental Freshwater aquarium fish species

Freshwater aquarium fish speciesCommon typesLivebearersAnabantoidsCarp family CichlidsCharacinsCorydorasArowanasLoachesCatfish
Freshwater aquarium fish live in freshwater and are easy to raise.
There are a number of freshwater species available for keeping as pets at home.
Freshwater aquarium fish species are broadly divided into two types by the hobbyists namely livebearers (giving birth to live babies) and egg layers.
The most common freshwater fish species suitable for home aquarium are:
Type of freshwater aquarium fish species common names of aquarium fish speciesScientific names of aquarium fish family/species
Livebearersguppies mollies platies swordtailsPoeciliidae, Poecilia reticulata Poeciliidae, Poecilia sphenops Poeciliidae, Xiphophorus maculatus Poeciliidae, Xiphophorus hellerii
Anabantoids (Labyrinth Fishes)siamese fighter gouramiesOsphronemidae, Betta splendens Osphronemidae, many genera
Carp familygoldfish danionins rasborines true barbsCyprinidae, Carassius auratus auratus Cyprinidae, many genera Cyprinidae, many genera Cyprinidae, many genera
Cichlidsangelfish oscar discus convict cichlid Cichlidae, Pterophyllum spp. Cichlidae, Astronotus ocellatus Cichlidae, Symphysodon spp. Cichlidae, Amatitlania nigrofasciata
Characinstetras hatchetfish pencilfish silver dollarCharacidae, many genera Gasteropelecidae, many genera Lebiasinidae, Nannostomus spp. Characidae, Metynnis argenteus
Corydoras Adolfo's cory Bronze cory Spotted cory banded coryCorydoras, Corydoras adolfoi Corydoras, Corydoras aeneus Corydoras, Corydoras ambiacus Corydoras, Scleromystax barbatus
ArowanasCross Back Golden Golden Red Tail Super Red Green Arowana Osteoglossidae, Scleropages spp. Osteoglossidae, Scleropages spp. Osteoglossidae, Scleropages spp. Osteoglossidae, Scleropages spp. Osteoglossidae, Scleropages spp.
Loacheszebra loaches yoyo loaches clown loaches dojo loachesCobitidae, Botia striata Cobitidae, Botia almorhae Cobitidae, Chromobotia macracanthus Cobitidae, Cobitis taenia
Catfishglass catfish Pangasius catfish suckermouth catfishSiluridae, Kryptopterus bicirrhis Pangasiidae, Pangasius spp. Loricariidae, Hypostomus spp.
The above list is a short-list of most common freshwater aquarium fish species. Navigate to individual types for more information.

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