Aquarium Fish Species Database

African Catfish

African CatfishThis section of Aquarium Life is about tropical catfishes from the continent of Africa. There are a wide variety of catfish from Africa...

African Cichlids, Lake Malawi

African Cichlids, Lake MalawiLake Malawi cichlids are some of the most colorful and active freshwater fishes for the home aquarium. These fish are immensely popular...

African Cichlids, Lake Tanganyika

African Cichlids, Lake Tanganyika...

African Cichlids, Lake Victoria

African Cichlids, Lake Victoria ...

African Cichlids, Other

African Cichlids, Other ...

Asian Cichlids

Asian Cichlids...

Asian Loaches/Catfish

Asian Loaches/Catfish...

Asian Puffers

Asian Puffers...

Australian Catfish

Australian Catfish...

Central American Cichlids

Central American Cichlids...

Characins (Tetras)

Characins (Tetras) Characins are very popular aquarium fish because they are generally hardy, colorful and do well in community tanks. Some of the most...

Cyprinids

CyprinidsCyprinids are fish that have no teeth and no stomach. Some of the commons types of Cyprinids are barbs, carp and minnows. Click on the...

Freshwater Eels

Freshwater EelsFreshwater eels come from the Anguillidae family. These long slender eels live in rivers lakes and streams. There are several freshwater...

Freshwater Gobies

Freshwater GobiesFreshwater gobies are from the family Gobiidae. The Gobiidae family is one of the largest fish families because there are more than 2000...

Killifishes

KillifishesKillifish are some of the most popular fish in the aquarium keeping hobby. They come in a vast array of colors and are easy to keep. ...

Knife Fishes

Knife FishesKnife fish in this category refer to South American fish of the Gymnotiformes family. These knife fish are popular in the aquarium keeping...

Labyrinth Fish

Labyrinth FishThe name of the labyrinth fish is derived from it's labyrinth organ. This organ allows the labyrinth fish to breathe air. Labyrinth fish...

Livebearers

LivebearersLivebearers get their name from the fact that they do not lay eggs. Instead, the female gives birth to live young. Some of the more...

North American Cichlids

North American CichlidsAlthough not kept in aquarium as commonly as their South American, Central American and African counterparts, North American cichlids also...

Plecostomus

PlecostomusPlecostomus are large algae eating fish from South and Central America. They are known in the aquarium hobby as "Sucker Fish", "Suckers",...

Rainbowfishes

RainbowfishesRainbowfish are becoming more and more popular inthe aquarium keeping hobby. These small and colorful fish are primarily from northern...

South American Catfish

South American CatfishCatfish get their name from the cat like whiskers many of them have. As their name suggests, South American catfish are catfish from the...

South American Cichlids

South American CichlidsSouth American cichlids tend to be some of the largest Cichlids commonly kept in home aquariums. The most popular South American cichlid...

Popular Fish Profiles

Checkerboard Cichlid

Checkerboard Cichlid photo
These are small, thin torpedo-shaped fish. Checkerboard Cichlids have an off-white ventral surface. That same color, along with dark beige,...

Discus

Discus photo
Discus fishes are large cichlids that have been appreciated by aquarists since the 1920\'s and there are several different Discus cichlids...

Yellow lab

Yellow lab photo
One of the most commonly kept african cichlid species. The Yellow lab is not overly aggressive and works well with several other african...

Featherfin Catfish

Featherfin Catfish photo
The Feather Fin Catfish is a fish for long time aquarists. It is a fun fish to have, but difficult to care for. It gets its name from the...

Electric Blue Johannii

Electric Blue Johannii photo
Like all Melanochromis species, M. johannii has horizontally striped males and females of different colors. Males are a variable bluish...

Jewel Cichlid

Jewel Cichlid photo
The jewelfishes from Africa are one of the most beautiful, and most bellicose, of the cichlids. While bimaculatus was the original...

Bristle Nose Pleco

Bristle Nose Pleco photo
The bristlenose pleco, Ancistrus temminckii and related species, is a wonderful fish to have. They come from South America. There are...

Yellow Tail Acei

Yellow Tail Acei photo
The Yellow Tail Acei is a very popular species due to its vibrant coloring. The body of the fish ranges from violet to deep blue. The...

Peacock Cichlid

Peacock Cichlid photo
Located at the east coastline from Cobue in Mozambique to Makanjila Point in Malawi. Found in intermediate zones where sand and rocks...

Blue Ahli

Blue Ahli photo
Blue Ahli (Sometimes called Blue Haps or Electric Blue Ahli) are a popular aquarium fish. They originate from the African Lake Malawi and...

Giraffe Cichlid

Giraffe Cichlid photo
A large, oval-shaped fish. The coloring of the male is much more intense than the female. The head is pale blue, while the body is light...

Kenyi

Kenyi photo
The Kenyi is a rather aggressive cichlid from Lake Malawi in Africa. It is very bright blue as a juvenile. As they mature, the females...