List of Aquarium Fish Species by Common Name

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A complete alphabet of all the fish species in the world would have at least 20,000 items, and those are just the official saltwater and tropical fish names. Many fish—especially popular varieties for aquariums—also have any number of nicknames. For example, the Corydoras metae, or bandit cory, is also known as a bandit catfish, masked cory, Meta River catfish, and Rio Meta cory. The following (partial) list of aquarium fish names includes many of the most popular ones, from A to Z.

A

  • Adolfo's cory
  • Adonis tetra
  • African peacock cichlid
  • Angel fish
Angel fish
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B

Blood parrot fishes
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C

Cardinal tetra fish
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D

Dwarf pencilfish
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E

  • Eartheater
  • Eastern mudminnow
  • Edible gourami
  • Eduard's mbuna
  • Ell loach
  • Egyptian mouthbrooder
  • Eight-barb loach
  • Electric blue hap
Electric Blue Hap

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  • Electric catfish
  • Electric yellow hap
  • Elegant rasbora
  • Elephant-nose cichlid
  • Emperor tetra

F

  • Fairy cichlid
  • False bumblebee catfish
  • Fathead bichir
  • Fighting fish
Siamese fighting fish in a tank
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G

Kissing Gourami fish
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H

Harlequin rasbora
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  • Harlequin shark
  • Harrison's pencilfish
  • Hatchetfish
  • Heterotis
  • Hi-fin banded shark

J

  • Jack Dempsey cichlid
  • Jae barb
  • Jaguar catfish
  • Jelly bean tetra
  • Jewel cichlid
Jewel Cichlid
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  • Johanni mbuna
  • Jordan's catfish
  • Jumping characin

K

Kribensis
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L

Labidochromis yellow fish
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M

N

  • Nandus
  • Needle fin eater
  • Needlefish
Needlefish
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O

  • Obese syndontis
  • Obliquidens hap
  • Obscure snakehead
  • Ocellated freshwater stingray
  • Ocellated shell-dweller
  • Ocellated synodontis
  • Opaline gourami
  • Oxeye herring
  • Ozola barb

P

Pearl Gourami
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R

Boesemani rainbowfish
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S

Siamese fighting fish
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T

Emperor Tetra
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U

Unicorn fish
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V

  • Vampire pleco
  • Variegated platy
  • Variegated shark
  • Venustus
  • Violet goby

W

Y

  • Yellow banded moenkhausia
  • Yellow Julie
  • Yellow king piranha
  • Yellow kribensis
  • Yellow lab
  • Yellow regal peacock cichlid
  • Yellow-finned xenotilapia
  • Yellow-tailed conga tetra
  • Yo-yo loach

Z

Zebra Danio
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