Cyprinids

Amur Sucker (Sarcocheilichthys sinensis sinensis)Amur Sucker (Sarcocheilichthys sinensis sinensis)
Keep in schools of at least three as they tend to stick together. They are an extremely hardy fish with a personality unlike most other shar...
Bala Shark (Balantiocheilos melanopterus)Bala Shark (Balantiocheilos melanopterus)
Bala Sharks require a large aquarium with driftwood, rocks, and spots of dense vegetation. This Cyprinid does best in small groups of 3 or m...
Blue HatchetFish (Chela caeruleostigmata)Blue HatchetFish (Chela caeruleostigmata)
A delicate species that is on the endangered species list. Rarely available in the aquarium industry these days. Pristine water conditions...
Cherry Barb (Puntius titteya)Cherry Barb (Puntius titteya)
Keep dense vegetation and some floating plants in the tank. The Cherry Barb is a loner and will hide from other Cherry Barbs in these plants...
Common Goldfish (Carassius auratus auratus)Common Goldfish (Carassius auratus auratus)
One of the most popular coldwater fish, the Goldfish is often mistreated, in the mistaken belief that it will live in any conditions. As wit...
Flying Fox Fish(Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus)Flying Fox Fish(Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus)
Flying Foxes are algae eaters, therefore do not clean the algae from the back and sides of the tank. Make sure the gravel doesn't have sharp...
Gold Danio (Brachydanio albolineatus)Gold Danio (Brachydanio albolineatus)
The gold danio is a great fish for a beginning aquarium h keeper. It is very hearty and breeds prolifically. Because the gold danio is a s...
Goldfish (Carassius auratus auratus)Goldfish (Carassius auratus auratus)
The quintessential goldfish is one of the most common fish in the fishkeeping hobby. Often misunderstood and disrespected, goldfish can gro...
Koi (Cyprinus carpio carpio)Koi (Cyprinus carpio carpio)
Feeding should be reduced or stopped completely once the pond temp drops below 50 degrees F. If any foods are fed keep it to the minimal and...
Rainbow Shark (Epalzeorhynchos frenatum)Rainbow Shark (Epalzeorhynchos frenatum)
The Rainbow Shark can be kept in a large community tank if there is plenty of cover to hide in. This larger fish is too aggressive for begin...
Red Tailed Black Shark (Epalzeorhynchos bicolor)Red Tailed Black Shark (Epalzeorhynchos bicolor)
The Red Tailed Black Shark is a beautiful fish and can be kept in a large community tank if there is plenty of cover to hide in. This fish i...
Siamese Algae Eater (Crossocheilus siamensis)Siamese Algae Eater (Crossocheilus siamensis)
A wonderful fish that is known to even eat red algae. Not to be confused with the Flying Fox or False Siamese Algae Eater. These fish are ju...
Tiger Barb (Puntius tetrazona)Tiger Barb (Puntius tetrazona)
Tiger barbs are so named because of their 4 distinct vertical stripes. They are diamond shaped with red edged fins. Recently, tiger barbs ...
Tinfoil Barb (Barbodes schwanenfeldii)Tinfoil Barb (Barbodes schwanenfeldii)
The tinfoil barb is a silver scaled fish of the Cyprinidae family. Red fins are common with mature individuals. Although tinfoil barbs are...
White Cloud Mountain Minnow (Tanichthys albonubes)White Cloud Mountain Minnow (Tanichthys albonubes)
The base color of the body is usually olive brown to grey. Colors will vary somewhat. There is a stripe that runs the length of the body. ...
Zebra Danio (Danio rerio)Zebra Danio (Danio rerio)
The zebra danio is inexpensive and easy to keep. It is an excellent fish for a beginner. Available in an albino (Golden) variation. The wi...
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About Cyprinids

Cyprinids are fish that have no teeth and no stomach. Some of the commons types of Cyprinids are barbs, carp and minnows. Click on the cyprinidae species to the left to learn more about each one.