Tropical fish images

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Megalomphodus megalopterus

Megalomphodus megalopterus Like most characins, Black Phantoms enjoy livefoods, such as frozen bloodworm. This picture highlights the differences between male (foreground) and female (background). Note the redder fins and body of the female, and the rounder belly. Also the significantly larger fins of the male

Paracheirodon axelrodi

Paracheirodon axelrodi The effect of a large group of cardinals can be quite stunning in a moderately dark, well planted tank

Trichopsis vittata

Trichopsis vittata The croaking gourami is a very small fish that prefers a dimly lit shaded aquarium, with significant planting

Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi

Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi Like all tetras, this species needs to be kept as part of a shoal of at least 6-8 fish

Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi

Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi The Black Neon Tetra prefers a darker tank, with shading from floating plants and a dark substrate

Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi

Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi The colouration of the sexes is similar, however female fish are deeper bodied than the males

Balantiocheilos melanopterus

Balantiocheilos melanopterus The Silver Shark, is also known as the tricolor shark, shark minnow and Bala shark

Corydoras sodalis

Corydoras sodalis C. sodalis is often confused with the Network Cory, C. reticulatus

Limia nigrofasciata

Limia nigrofasciata The male is noticeably smaller than female, but more intensely coloured

Poecilia sphenops

Poecilia sphenops The attractive glowlight marble molly is basically yellow, with a white belly, and varying degrees of black speckling

Poecilia sphenops

Poecilia sphenops Mollies exist in very many colour forms

Pseudotropheus lombardoi

Pseudotropheus lombardoi Like all Malawi mbuna species, Pseudotropheus lombardoi makes it's home amongst rocks near the lakes shoreline

Pterophyllum scalare

Pterophyllum scalare A Gold angelfish in front of a spawning cone; these act as a substrate on which discus and angelfish can spawn

Melanochromis johanni

Melanochromis johanni Female Melanochromis johanni have a largely yellow body and fins, unlike males of the species which are entirely black/blue

Apistogramma hongsloi

Apistogramma hongsloi Tank bred individuals are invariably more colourful than wild-caught specimens

Puntius titteya

Puntius titteya Female cherry barbs do not have the bright colouration of the males, just a stripe... but they do still have red fins

Thorichthys ellioti

Thorichthys ellioti A colourful male

Papiliochromis ramirezi

Papiliochromis ramirezi The golden strain of Papiliochromis ramirezi, the golden ram

Pterophyllum scalare

Pterophyllum scalare Angel fish cultivars are more widely available than the wild type fish. This is an "orange face" angel.

Pelvicachromis taeniatus

Pelvicachromis taeniatus A male from Lalonge

Pelvicachromis taeniatus

Pelvicachromis taeniatus Pelvicachromis taeniatus female, from Lobe, Cameroon

Pseudomugil furcatus

Pseudomugil furcatus A shoal of Forktail rainbows displaying with their fins

Phenocogrammus interuptus

Phenocogrammus interuptus The Congo tetra is one of the larger tetras generally available for the aquarium

Iriatherina werneri

Iriatherina werneri The threadfin rainbow fish is a magnificent, but delicate species from slow moving waters in New Guinea

Copadichromis borleyi

Copadichromis borleyi A female Copadichromis borleyi. from Kadango, Malawi

Copadichromis borleyi

Copadichromis borleyi A young pair of Copadichromis borleyi. The male (top) will develop far more intense colours: a yellow/orange body with a blue head, whilst the female (below) can be almost black

Altolamprologus calvus

Altolamprologus calvus There are several colour variants of Altolamprologus calvus, ranging from almost white to almost black. All live amongst the rocks in the shoreline of Lake Tanganyika

Melanotaenia papuae

Melanotaenia papuae Two male Melanotaenia papuae

Melanotaenia praecox

Melanotaenia praecox Melanotaenia praecox typically only reach an adult size of 8cm; smaller than many other rainbowfish

Scleropages formosus

Scleropages formosus The arrowana is a large powerful fish with heavy scales as seen here

Symphysodon aequifasciatus

Symphysodon aequifasciatus Blue Diamond Discus are another cultivar, and a very attractive and popular one too

Xiphophorus helleri

Xiphophorus helleri An attractive male swordtail

Symphysodon aequifasciatus

Symphysodon aequifasciatus The tangerine Discus. These Discus have been selectively bred for their bright orange colouration as the name suggests

Nimbochromis venustus

Nimbochromis venustus A younger Nimbochromis venustus without it's full adult colouration. The yellowish background and darker brown patches are what gives this fish its common name Giraffe cichlid

Hyphessobrycon bentosi

Hyphessobrycon bentosi Immature white-tipped tetras are less colourful than older ones; the reds especially intensify with age

Julidochromis marlieri

Julidochromis marlieri A male

Cyprichromis leptosoma

Cyprichromis leptosoma Species "Jumbo Kitumba"

Puntius titteya

Puntius titteya This male cherry barb demonstrates the intensity of colour of some males

Pseudomugil furcatus

Pseudomugil furcatus Often referred to as the fork-tailed rainbowfish, or blue-eyed forktail

Girardinus metallicus

Girardinus metallicus Female metalic livebearers are considerably bigger than males.

Girardinus metallicus

Girardinus metallicus A male metalic livebearer.

Ameca Splendens

Ameca Splendens A male

Ameca Splendens

Ameca Splendens A male

Ameca Splendens

Ameca Splendens A male

Jordanella floridae

Jordanella floridae A pair; male foreground, female behind.

Hemichromis bimaculatus

Hemichromis bimaculatus

Pseudocrenilabrus nicholsi

Pseudocrenilabrus nicholsi A colourful male.

Neolamprologus leleupi

Neolamprologus leleupi A good varied diet is essential to keep this fish lookig its best

Neolamprologus leleupi

Neolamprologus leleupi The brilliantly coloured Lemon cichlid, Neolamprologus leleupi from Lake Tanganyika

Lamprologus ocellatus

Lamprologus ocellatus Two splendid males

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