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Add life and sparkle to your aquarium with the top 10 most colorful freshwater

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Add life and sparkle to your aquarium with the top 10 most colorful freshwater fish

While the ocean covers 70% of the earth’s surface, I find it quite interesting that it is only home to less than 60% of the world fish species.

Oddly the tiny fresh water masses (lakes and rivers) that constitute just about 1% of the remaining planets constituents are home to over 40% of fish species.

Because of the above reason there are many more freshwater fish species to choose from than oceanic species.

In the Ocean, water pressure below specific depth is an issue, water temperature from strong continental currents and much larger predators all contribute to the statistics mentioned above.

Now that you are keeping fish and having fun with it; it might be the right time to select from several very attractive fresh water breeds. Schooling Fish make great pets given they often do not require much attention and as such you rarely need to touch, groom or take them to the vet.

Finding the right mix for you growing community is sure to brighten up and liven your home based aquatic ecosystem

The top 10 most colorful freshwater fish

#1.German Blueram


The German Blueram is one of the most beautifully colored freshwater species despite its relatively small size.

It is categorized as one of the many cichlid species and stands out because of their especially brightly colored appearance.

They can be easily identified by their distinct green and yellow bodies with unique blue dots on their fins. The Blueram also has seven distinct blue vertical stripes and one blue horizontal stripe.



#2.Peacock cichlid (or Flowerhorn Cichlid)



With so many distinct features it should not come as a wonder that so many cichlid species make the top 10 list of freshwater aquarium fish.

While the Flowerhorn cichlid is just as popular the peacock cichlid gets my vote with its dizzyingly vivid coloring and I also do not like the horn on its closest competitor.

The Flowerhorn on the other hand emerged from significant interbreeding in America. Owing to this it is rare and often quite costly; among the most expensive ever sold being in the region of hundreds of thousands dollars worth.

Plus it is very peaceful and for such a pretty fish has been and continues to be a favorite for beginners.

#3.Blackskirt Tetra


This is another of the very beautiful and aquarium worthy fresh water species for anyone looking to keep a community.

The species belongs to the Charicadae family and is indigenous to the rivers of Paraguay, Brazil, Bolivia and Argentina.

Blackskirt Tetra are very easy to spot with two distinct vertical black stripes and an elaborate blackish dorsal and broad tail fin; it is peaceful and when well maintained will breed often.



#4.Boeseman’s Rainbow Fish


Like anything with rainbow in its name you can expect that it’s a beautiful and very colorful freshwater species.

The fish is indigenous to Indonesia, is very peaceful and is a popular favorite owing to its distinct and vibrant colors.

While there are a number of the species Boeseman’s has the most distinct pattern. The front half of the fish is purplish or blue gray and the rear half is reddish orange. There are also dark narrow horizontal lines with distinctly orange or white fins.



This beautiful and colorful species is native to the Amazon River basin. Their popularity is associated with their vibrant colors and peaceful nature – they make good neighbors.

In nature the Discus has a wide range of colors including brown, red, orange, cream and various shades of blue. Their body is characterized by stunning marking and they are truly amazing creatures. You want to keep in mind that this is one species that through selective breeding you can create almost entirely your own color Discus.


#6.Harlequin Rasbora


Harlequin Rasbora makes this list in preference to tetra that has been mentioned in many recent posts.

In addition to their color they are docile and make very good tank mates for all species on this list. They are a small species growing to two inches in length bearing an attractive black and metallic orange / pink coloring.

They love to be in a school and are often seen swimming around the top of an aquarium. They are hardy and will thrive on flake fish food, with any neighbors that do not try and gobble them!!!


#7.Endlers Livebearer


This is one of those rare and very beautiful and peaceful fish species that you could choose to keep in your home aquarium.

While they could be confused with the wild guppies their colors are different; often bright neon in color with markings that are orange, black, yellow or bluish.

Like guppies they are small but owing to their beautiful color they are often hard to miss. Their scientific name is Poecilia wingei; they are easy to manage and capable of adapting to many aquatic conditions.



Gourami is a very popular and colorful exotic species; indigenous to India, Pakistan, Korean and various regions in Asia.

There are various species but the ones you should really go out seeking include the Red Fire Dwarf Gourami and the Banded Gourami.

The Gourami generally comes in different colorations including Gold, Neon and Sunset Blue.

They make very agreeable tank mates and are easy to maintain.

#9.Fantail Guppies


This is another very attractive and favorite of many aquarium owners around the world.

Fantail guppies are not pricey and have all the features to make your aquarium a joy to all onlookers.

They are an active species and move around the aquarium constantly; their most distinct feature being their bright color and an elaborate colorful long tail.

Their graceful appearance is a joy to behold and highly prized by many keepers. They can be found in about 20 distinct color combinations and have very beautiful spots on their tails.



Corydoras are sometimes known as cories or Cory cat fish. They are not large measuring about 2-3 inches and resemble an armored catfish.

Like many catfish species they are very docile and often enjoy feeding and gliding on the bottom of the fish tank.

They can survive a wide range of aquatic conditions and as such are quite easy to manage.



Comments (4)

  • Where did you steal the photo of the ngara peacock from ????.
    My pic used WITHOUT my permission.
    Please remove
    Thank you

  • Where did you steal the photo of the ngara peacock from ????.
    My pic used WITHOUT my permission.
    Please remove
    Thank you


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