Best Ever Freshwater Fish Species for Home Aquarium

by roshi on November 16, 2010

in Aquarium

When you start the fish keeping hobby then a question comes in your mind that which fish species to keep? There are few possibilities ahead. Go to the pet shop and go nuts or get the advice from pros to beautify your home aquarium with best freshwater fish species and freshwater aquatic life. You can also check any online pet fish store website for available species of fish and aquatic life. Before you buy fish, read fish profiles. You want your aquarium to look pleasant to eyes and want to choose best looking fish with good personality and habits, right? Here I have selected the best fish species for your aquarium that have great personalities and habits. I have also mentioned few hints about several fish. Decide before that what you wanna have? Coldwater aquarium that will contain goldfish or warmwater fish tank or tropical fish tank that can contain many fish species but will need a constant temperature maintenance. Fish tank with many fish species in it is called as community fish tank. The fish species that form a group and remain together with same fish are called as schooling fish. e.g. Put 5 or more silver sharks and they will remain side by side in fish tank. Put neon tetra fish in tank and they will swim together with each other and get along. That’s schooling and these fish school. If you wanna lower the cost of fish aquarium, fish food and fish then you need a community aquarium or aquarium with same species. If you go for giant monstrous fish then it will cost you a lot and you will spend a lot on its food. You will have to feed that monster fish other fish or meat…So you want a community fish tank with small, good looking, colorful fish that get along with each other. Here are the selected recommendations for you. This is the best selection of fish I could offer you as per my knowledge.

Best Ever Selected Freshwater Fish for Aquarium

Corycats, Corydora Fish

  • Corydoras sterbai
  • Corydoras panda

Corydora rock. They are really really really cool, lovely, lovable, peaceful fish. Keep them in group of more than 5 or 6. Best Community tank fish mates.

Angel Fish

  • Gold Veil Angel
  • Black Angel
  • Altum Angel
  • Red Angel

Angels are aggressive but cool.

Barbs Fish

  • Denison Barb (Indian barb, Indian Tetra)

Denison barbs are really really really cool. They school. They are peaceful. Some misunderstood them with scissortail rasbora fish.

Discus Fish

  • Blue Diamond Discus
  • Royal Red Discus
  • Yellow Marlboro Discus
  • Neon Blue Discus

Discus needs 30 degree centigrade temperature.


  • Neon Blue Dwarf Gourami
  • Dwarf Gourami
  • Pearl Gourami
  • Blue Gourami
  • Powder Blue Dwarf Gourami
  • Gold Gourami
  • Flame Dwarf Gourami

Keep dwarf species of gouramies in aquarium for peace sake.

Loach Fish

  • Clown Loach
  • Yellow-Finned Loach, Dwarf Chained Loach
  • Redtail Botia Loach, Blue Botia, Orange Fin Loach
  • Skunk Botia Loach

Loach are funny. They are active. They school. They chase each other. They roll their eyes. They are playful. Redtail Botia and Orange Finned Loach are same.

Pleco Fish

  • Gold Nugget Pleco
  • Starry Night Pleco
  • Tooth-Nose Pleco
  • Snowball Pleco
  • Gold Royal Pleco
  • Mango Pleco
  • Peppermint Plecostomus
  • Pario-Ancistrus Pleco
  • Pseudoacanthicus Angelicus Pleco
  • Goldy Pleco
  • Royal Pleco

Do not keep common Pleco because it out grows the tank and cast heavy bio load at aquarium. Choose dwarf species of Pleco for aquarium. Above Pleco species are cool.

Rainbow fish

  • Boesemani Rainbow
  • Praecox Rainbow
  • Turquoise Rainbow
  • Axelrodi Rainbow
  • Red Irian Rainbow

Rasbora Fish

  • Harlequin Rasbora
  • Golden Harlequin Rasbora
  • Scissortail Rasbora

Harlequin Rasbora and Scissortail Rasbora ar really really cool and are schooling fish.


  • Redtail shark
  • Bala Shark
  • Siamese Algae Eater
  • Albino Rainbow Shark
  • Silver Apollo Shark

Bala sharks school in group of 5 or more and are peaceful.

Tetra Fish

  • Cardinal Tetra
  • Neon Tetra
  • Rummynose Tetra
  • Glowlight Tetra
  • Silver Tip Tetra
  • Emperor Tetra
  • Penguin Tetra
  • Gold Tetra
  • Albino Buenos Aires Tetra
  • Congo Tetra
  • Diamond Tetra
  • Diamond Head Neon Tetra
  • Red Eye Tetra

Cardinal and Neon Tetra are really cool and are schooling fish. Almost all tetra above can be kept in community aquarium but its cool to have single species in group in single aquarium, specially planted aquarium.

Cichlid Fish

  • Ram Cichlid (German Blue Ram, Balloon Ram, Bolivian Ram)
  • Albino Kribensis Cichlid
  • Albino Peacock Cichlid
  • Brichardi Cichlid, Albino
  • Bumblebee Cichlid
  • Cobalt Blue Zebra Cichlid
  • Caudopunctatus Cichlid
  • Demasoni Cichlid
  • Compressiceps Cichlid
  • Electric Yellow Cichlid
  • Frontosa Cichlid
  • Kenyi Cichlid
  • Mbuna Mixed Cichlid
  • Moorii Cichlid
  • Moorei Cichlid
  • Orange Leleupi Cichlid
  • Tretocephalus Cichlid
  • Red Zebra Cichlid

If you plan to keep cichlids then have a separate aquarium for cichlids only. Cichlids are aggressive and are not for community tanks. Ram Cichlids can be kept in community tanks.

Misc. Fish

  • Black Ghost Knifefish
  • Zebra Danios
  • Mollies
  • Guppies

Guppies can not be kept with Moolies. Black Ghost Knife Fish is nocturnal and is omnivorous.

Other Water Species

Also consider the following water species for aquarium.


  • Singapore Flower Shrimp
  • Red Cherry Shrimp
  • Japonica Amano Shrimp
  • Ghost (Glass) Shrimp


  • Freshwater Clam
  • Snails

Snails and freshwater clam are cool. Shrimps will breed like crazy and will provide live food for fish. Japonica Amano Shrimp will clean the fish tank.

Best Community Tank Fish

  • Corydora
  • Denison Barb
  • Neon Tetra
  • Cardinal tetra

Freshwater Fish Species

Related Posts

Previous post:

Next post: