Tropical Fish Profiles

neolamprologus leleupi cichlidBy reading through the Tropical Fish Profiles below, you can learn everything you need to know about the most common freshwater tropical fish species in our hobby.

Below you will find species information that will help you have success in keeping a wide variety of tropical fish in your home aquarium tank.

Pictures, water conditions, tank setup, care requirements, and fish behavior for each fish listed below.

Please click on the “common” name of each fish to view the profile information on each tropical fish species.

The first group of freshwater aquarium fish profiles listed below are cichlid profiles. With African cichlids and South American Cichlids being two of the most popular freshwater tropical fish species kept, it is important to research the type of cichlid you want to keep before purchasing.

Cichlids


Lake Malawi – Haps

Common Name
Scientific Name
Phenochilus Tanzania "Star Sapphire"Placidochromis Phenochilus Tanzania
Blue Dolphin CichlidCyrtocara moorii blue dolphin

Lake Malawi – Mbuna

Common Name
Scientific Name
FuelleborniLabeotropheus fuelleborni

Lake Tanganyika

Common Name
Scientific Name
Brevis (Shellie)Lamprologus Brevis
Yellowfin Ocellatus (Shellie)Lamprologus Yellowfin Ocellatus "Zambia"

Central American

Common Name
Scientific Name
Red DevilAmphilophus labiatus

South American

Common Name
Scientific Name
OscarAstronotus ocellatus