25 Colorful Freshwater Fish to Liven up your Aquarium

When it comes to looking for colorful freshwater fish, you’re not short of options.

In this guide, I’ll take you through 25 if my favorite fish that’ll brighten any tank and share some key care tips for each one.

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1. Discus (Symphysodon sp.)

Discus Swimming in aquarium
  • Appearance: disk shaped bodies. Huge variety of colors and patterns, some solid, others with stripes, spots or striations.
  • Tank size: 30 gallon (113 liters)
  • Type of tank: 30 gallon tall with lots of live plants and open swimming areas.
  • Care level: advanced – not for beginners.
  • varied diet high in protein
  • Behavior: will shoal together with other discus. A school will have a pecking order, otherwise peaceful.
  • How many can be kept together: bigger groups are better.
  • Lifespan: 10 years
  • Size: 6.5-8 inches (16.5-20.3 cm)

Quick Care Stats (Water Parameters) for Discus

  • Tank size: 30 gallon (113 liters)
  • Temperature: 82°-86°F (27.7°-30°C)
  • pH: 6-7
  • Hardness: 2-5 dGH (33.3-83.4 ppm)
  • Compatibility: keep with peaceful community fish
  • Care level: advanced

2. German Blue Ram (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi)

German blue ram in planted tank
  • Appearance: yellow bodies, brilliant blue spots covering the abdomen, tail and fins. Distinctive black stripes run through their red eyes.
  • Tank size: 20 gallons (75 liters)
  • Type of tank: 20 gallon long with lots of plants, hiding places and some open areas
  • Care level: intermediate – very sensitive to poor water quality.
  • Diet: omnivorous
  • Behavior: stays towards the bottom of the aquarium and claims a territory. Can be aggressive with other rams.
  • How many can be kept together: A pair can be kept in a 20 gallon, add 10 gallons for each additional ram.
  • Lifespan: 3 years
  • Size: 2-3 inches (5-7.6 cm)

Quick Care Stats (Water Parameters) for German Blue Ram

  • Tank size: 30 gallon (113 liters)
  • Temperature: 82°-86°F (27.7°-30°C)
  • pH: 6-7
  • Hardness: 2-5 dGH (33.3-83.4 ppm)
  • Compatibility: keep with peaceful community fish
  • Care level: advanced

Related: Blue Ram Cichlid Care Guide

3. Betta (Betta splendens)

Close up of blue half moon Siamese fighting fish in a fish tank
  • Appearance: torpedo-shaped body with very large showy fins, wide variety of colors
  • Tank size: 5 gallons (18.9 liters)
  • Type of tank: shorter tanks with more surface area
  • Care level: Easy – very hardy
  • Diet: Carnivorous – high protein diet
  • Behavior: Fairly low energy. They are slow swimmers and rest part of the day but are also curious and interact with people who approach their tank. Can be aggressive.
  • How many can be kept together: one male or several females
  • Lifespan: 3-5 years
  • Size: 2.25 inches (5.7 cm)

Quick Care Stats (Water Parameters) for Betta

  • Tank size: 5 gallons (18.9 liters)
  • Temperature: 76°-82°F (24.4°-27.7°)
  • pH: 6.5-7
  • Hardness: 3-4 dGH (50-66.7 ppm)
  • Compatibility: some will tolerate other tank mates, others will not. Tank mates should be peaceful community fish.
  • Care level: Easy

Read full Betta fish care guide here.

4. Cardinal Tetra (Paracheirodon axelrodi)

The cardinal tetra (Paracheirodon axelrodi) is a freshwater fish
  • Appearance: bright blue and red stripes from nose to tail
  • Tank size: 10 gallons (38 liters)
  • Type of tank: taller tanks provide more swimming room
  • Care level: beginner
  • Diet: omnivore
  • Behavior: peaceful, active schooling fish
  • How many can be kept together: at least 6, bigger groups are better
  • Lifespan: 5 years
  • Size: 2 inches (5 cm)

Quick Care Stats (Water Parameters)
for Cardinal Tetra

  • Tank size: 10 gallons (38 liters)
  • Temperature: 73°-79°F (22.7°-26.1°C)
  • pH: 5.5-6.5
  • Hardness: 1-3 dGH (16.7-50 ppm)
  • Compatibility: keep with peaceful community fish
  • Care level: beginner

5. Neon Tetra (Paracheirodon innesi)

Blue neon- tetra, freshwater fish in aquarium
  • Appearance: silver abdomen, blue stripe from nose to adipose fin, red stripe from tail to dorsal fin
  • Tank size: 10 gallon (38 liters)
  • Type of tank: taller tanks provide more swimming area
  • Care level: beginner
  • Diet: omnivore
  • Behavior: peaceful, active schooling fish
  • How many can be kept together: at least 6, bigger groups are better
  • Lifespan: 10 years
  • Size: 1.2 inches (3 cm)

Quick Care Stats (Water Parameters) for Neon Tetras

  • Tank size: 10 gallon (38 liters)
  • Temperature: 72°-76°F (22.2°- 24.4°C)
  • pH: 6-7
  • Hardness: <10 dGH (<166.7 ppm)
  • Compatibility: keep with peaceful community fish
  • Care level: beginner

See our complete Neon Tetra care guide here.

6. Dwarf Gourami (Trichogaster lalius)

Dwarf gourami on a blurred background (Trichogaster lalius)
  • Appearance: oval-shaped body with large anal and dorsal fins. Comes in several different color variations.
  • Tank size: 10 gallon (38 liters)
  • Type of tank: doesn’t really matter
  • Care level: beginner
  • Diet: omnivore
  • Behavior: active fish that swims at all levels in the tank. Shy with other species but males will be aggressive with each other.
  • How many can be kept together: one male or several females, males may fight and even kill each other
  • Lifespan: 3-4 years (38 liters)
  • Size: 3 inches (7.6 cm)
  • Defining features: pair of modified pelvic fins the fish use as “feelers” to investigate their surroundings

Quick Care Stats (Water Parameters) for Dwarf Courami

  • Tank size: 10 gallon (38 liters)
  • Temperature: 77°-82°F (25°-27.8°C)
  • pH: 6-9
  • Hardness: 5-20 dGH (83.4-333.4 ppm)
  • Compatibility: keep with slow-moving, peaceful community fish
  • Care level: beginner

7. Jack Dempsey Cichlid (Rocio octofasciata)

Jack Dempsey Cichlid in Aquarium
  • Appearance: long, stocky body with elongated anal and dorsal fins. Body is a light pink, covered with iridescent blue speckles
  • Tank size: 55 gallon (210 liters)
  • 55 gallon long with rocks and driftwood for cover
  • Care level: intermediate
  • Diet: carnivore
  • Behavior: hangs out in the bottom and mid-water, can be very aggressive
  • How many can be kept together: this is dicey, you may be able to keep several together if you raise them together from juveniles
  • Lifespan: 10 years
  • Size: 10 inches (25.4 cm)

Quick Care Stats (Water Parameters) for Jack Dempsey

  • Tank size: 55 gallon (210 liters)
  • Temperature: 78°-86° F (25.6°-30°C)
  • pH: 6.5-8
  • Hardness: 5-12 dGH (83.4-200 ppm)
  • Compatibility: keep with other large fish like severums
  • Care level: intermediate

Related: Jack Dempsey Fish Care Guide

8. Boesemani Rainbow (Melanotaenia boesemani)

Boeseman's rainbowfish (Melanotaenia boesemani). Freshwater fish.
  • Appearance: long-bodied fish, powder blue on front half of body, bright yellow on back half
  • Tank size: 40 gallons (150 liters)
  • Type of tank: 40 gallon long, heavily planted works best
  • Care level: beginner
  • Diet: omnivore
  • Behavior: active, mid-water shoaling fish
  • How many can be kept together: bigger groups are better
  • Lifespan: beginner
  • Size: 3-4.5 inches (7.6-11.4 cm)

Quick Care Stats (Water Parameters) for Boesemani Rainbow

  • Tank size: 40 gallon (150 liters)
  • Temperature: 81°-86°F (27.2°-30°C)
  • pH: 7-8
  • Hardness: 10-20 dGH (166.7-333.4 ppm)
  • Compatibility: keep with peaceful community fish
  • Care level: beginner

9. Paradise Fish (Macropodus opercularis)

Paradise fish swimming in fish tank
  • Appearance: bright red and blue stripes on the body with large dorsal and anal fins and a large forked tail
  • Tank size: 20 gallon (75 liters)
  • Type of tank: 20 gallon long with densely planted areas
  • Care level: beginner
  • Diet: omnivore
  • Behavior: can be aggressive. They are an active mid and top level fish.
  • How many can be kept together: one male alone or with several females
  • Lifespan: 6-8 years
  • Size: 2.4 inches (6 cm)

Quick Care Stats (Water Parameters) for Paradise Fish

  • Tank size: 20 gallon (75 liters)
  • Temperature: 70°-82°F (21.2°-27.8°C)
  • pH: 6-8
  • Hardness: 5-30 dGH (83.4-500 ppm)
  • Compatibility: should not be kept with other gouramis or bettas. Fancy guppies may also be a problem. Male paradise fish may see these as another paradise fish. Otherwise, they can be kept with peaceful community fish.
  • Care level: beginner

10. Endlers (Poecilia wingei)

Male black-bar Endler
  • Appearance: very similar to guppies. Several color morphs. Males have bright flashy greens and reds over their bodies and tails. Females are a drab gray/green
  • Tank size: 2 gallon (7.5 liters)
  • Type of tank: heavily planted tanks preferred
  • Care level: beginner
  • Diet: omnivore
  • Behavior: shoal together if kept in groups over 6
  • How many can be kept together: bigger groups are better. Better to keep two females per one male in a mixed school.
  • Lifespan: 2-3 years
  • Size: 1-1.8 inches (2.5-4.5 cm)
  • Defining features: hardy livebearers that easily breed in a tank

Quick Care Stats (Water Parameters) for Endlers

  • Tank size: 2 gallon (7.5 liters)
  • Temperature: 70°-84°F (21.1°-28.9°C)
  • pH: 7-8
  • Hardness: 10-20 dGH (166.7-333.4 ppm)
  • Compatibility: keep with peaceful community fish
  • Care level: beginner

11. Bluefin Notho (Nothobranchius rachovii)

Bluefin notho swimming in planted tank
  • Appearance: males have a bright red body covered in shiny blue speckles. Females are a drab gray/beige
  • Tank size: 10 gallon (38 liters)
  • Type of tank: 10 gallon tank with lots of plants and hiding places
  • Care level: intermediate
  • Diet: carnivore
  • Behavior: active fish that swim in the bottom and mid-water levels. Males can be aggressive with each other.
  • How many can be kept together: one male and several females
  • Lifespan: 1 year
  • Size: 2.4 inches (6 cm)

Quick Care Stats (Water Parameters) for Buefin Notho

  • Tank size: 10 gallon (38 liters)
  • Temperature: 70°-75°F (21.1°-23.9°C)
  • pH: 6-7
  • Hardness: 2-5 dGH (33.3-83.4 ppm)
  • Compatibility: keep with small, peaceful community fish
  • Care level: intermediate

12. Flowerhorn Cichlid (man-made hybrid)

Flowerhorn cichlid swimming alone
  • Appearance: large, heavy bodied fish. There are several color morphs but most have a bright red head fading to a golden color that is covered with iridescent speckles. Most also have dark spots along the lateral line.
  • Tank size: 75 gallon (284 liters)
  • Type of tank: longer tank with large open swimming areas
  • Care level: intermediate
  • Diet: carnivore
  • Behavior: very aggressive and cannot have tank mates. Flowerhorns interact with owners when they approach the tank.
  • How many can be kept together: there can be only one.
  • Lifespan: 8-12 years
  • Size: 10-12 inches (25.4-30 cm)
  • Defining features: males have an enormous nuchal hump, a large, round fluid-filled growth at the top of the head.

Quick Care Stats (Water Parameters) for Flowerhorn

  • Tank size: 75 gallon (284 liters)
  • Temperature: 82°-85°F (27.8°-29.4°C)
  • pH: 6-8.5
  • Hardness: 6-20 dGH (100-333.4 ppm)
  • Compatibility: cannot be kept with other fish
  • Care level: intermediate

13. Cherry Barb (Puntius titteya)

Cherry barb swimming in planted aquarium
  • Appearance: bright red, long-bodied fish
  • Tank size: 20 gallon (75 liters)
  • Type of tank: 20 gallon long with lots of live plants and open swimming areas
  • Care level: beginner
  • Diet: omnivore
  • Behavior: active schooling fish that will swim in all levels of the tank
  • How many can be kept together: bigger groups are better, six or more
  • Lifespan: 5-7 years
  • Size: 2 inches (5 cm)

Quick Care Stats (Water Parameters) for Cherry Barb

  • Tank size: 20 gallon (75 liters)
  • Temperature: 75°-80°F (23.9°-26.7°C)
  • pH: 6-8
  • Hardness: 3-20 dGH (50-333.4 ppm)
  • Compatibility: keep with other peaceful community fish
  • Care level: beginner

14. Electric Blue Hap (Sciaenochromis fryeri)

Electric blue hap swimming in fish tank
  • Appearance: long, slender-bodied fish. Males are bright blue with darker blue vertical bars. Females are a dull brown with darker bars.
  • Tank size: 55 gallon (210 liters)
  • Type of tank: long 55 gallon with sandy substrate and rock piles or other caves
  • Care level: intermediate
  • Diet: carnivore
  • Behavior: can be aggressive. Active and territorial fish. Males will fight until one dies.
  • How many can be kept together: one male with several females
  • Lifespan: 7-10 years
  • Size: 6-6.5 inches (15.2-16.5 cm)

Quick Care Stats (Water Parameters) for Electiv Blue Hap

  • Tank size: 55 gallon (210 liters)
  • Temperature: 71°-80°F (21.7°-26.7°C)
  • pH: 7-8.5
  • Hardness: 18-25 dGH (300-417 ppm)
  • Compatibility: keep with other Lake Malawi cichlids, as long as they do not look similar
  • Care level: intermediate

15. Electric Yellow Lab (Labidochromis caeruleus)

  • Appearance: long-bodied fish that is bright yellow with a black stripe along the dorsal fin
  • Tank size: 55 gallon (210 liters)
  • Type of tank: long 55 gallon with sandy substrate and rock piles or other caves
  • Care level: intermediate
  • Diet: carnivore
  • Behavior: can be aggressive. Very active fish. Males are territorial.
  • How many can be kept together: one male with several females. Males will fight until one is killed.
  • Lifespan: 10-15 years
  • Size: 4-5 inches (10-12.7 cm)

Quick Care Stats (Water Parameters) for Electic Yellow Lab

  • Tank size: 55 gallon (210 liters)
  • Temperature: 71°-80°F (21.7°-26.7°C)
  • pH: 7-8.5
  • Hardness: 18-25 dGH (300-417 ppm)
  • Compatibility: other African cichlids from Lake Malawi
  • Care level: intermediate

16. Harlequin Rasboras (Trigonostigma heteromorpha)

  • Appearance: arrowhead shaped body, red-orange body and fins with a triangular black patch on both sides
  • Tank size: 20 gallon (75 liters)
  • Type of tank: 20 gallon long with lots of live plants and open swimming areas
  • Care level: beginner
  • Diet: carnivore
  • Behavior: active schooling fish that swims in top and mid-water
  • How many can be kept together: bigger groups are better, 10 or more
  • Lifespan: 5 years
  • Size: 2 inches (5 cm)

Quick Care Stats (Water Parameters) for Harlequin Rasboras

  • Tank size: 20 gallon (75 liters)
  • Temperature: 72°-77°F (22.2°-25°C)
  • pH: 6-7
  • Hardness: 5-10 dGH (83.4-167 ppm)
  • Compatibility: keep with other peaceful community fish
  • Care level: beginner

17. Salvini Cichlid (Cichlasoma salvini)

Salvini cichlid swimming on bottom of tank
  • Appearance: Oval shaped body with a pointed snout, golden body, two lines of black dots along the sides with bright blue on the dorsal fin. Iridescent speckles over body. Colors more vibrant on males.
  • Tank size: 55 gallon (210 liters)
  • Type of tank: planted tank with large open areas. Driftwood and other decor to help establish territory. Prefers strong current.
  • Care level: intermediate
  • Diet: omnivore
  • Behavior: can be quite aggressive. Territorial fish that swims in bottom and mid-water levels
  • How many can be kept together: one male one female
  • Lifespan: 8-10 years
  • Size: 6-8 inches (15-20 cm)

Quick Care Stats (Water Parameters) for Salvini Cichlid

  • Tank size: 55 gallon (210 liters)
  • Temperature: 72°-77°F (22.2°-25°C)
  • pH: 6.5-8
  • Hardness: 5-8 dGH (83.4-133.4 ppm)
  • Compatibility: keep with similar sized South/Central American cichlids
  • Care level: intermediate

18. Celestial Pearl Danio (Danio margaritatus)

  • Appearance: long-bodied fish with dark green body covered in bright yellow dots. Bright red/orange belly and fins. Males are brighter than females.
  • Tank size: 10 gallon (38 liter)
  • Type of tank: heavily planted tank with soft current
  • Care level: intermediate
  • Diet: omnivore
  • Behavior: shy schooling fish that likes to dive in and out of plants
  • How many can be kept together: bigger groups are better, six or more. It’s better to have more females than males.
  • Lifespan: 3-5 years
  • Size: 1 inch (2.5 cm)

Quick Care Stats (Water Parameters) for Celestial Pearl Danio

  • Tank size: 10 gallon (38 liter)
  • Temperature: 73°-79°F (22.8°-26.1°C)
  • pH: 6.5-7.5
  • Hardness: 3-6 dGH (50-100 ppm)
  • Compatibility: keep with other peaceful community fish
  • Care level: intermediate

19. Fancy Guppy (Poecilia reticulata)

  • Appearance: slim long-bodied fish with a fanned tail. Many different color morphs and patterns. In some varieties, female is somewhat drab while male is colorful and showy.
  • Tank size: 5 gallon (19 liters)
  • Type of tank: lightly planted tank with lots of open areas
  • Care level: beginner
  • Diet: omnivore
  • Behavior: active fish that shoal together at the top level of the tank. Voracious eaters that will swarm towards anyone who gets near the tank.
  • How many can be kept together: school can be as large as the tank can handle. It’s fine to have an all male tank. In a mixed tank, more females than males.
  • Lifespan: 2 years
  • Size: 2 inches (5 cm)
  • Defining features: livebearers that readily breed in an aquarium

Quick Care Stats (Water Parameters) for Fancy Guppies

  • Tank size: 5 gallon (19 liters)
  • Temperature: 74°-82°F (23.3°-27.8°C)
  • pH: 7-7.8
  • Hardness: 8-12 dGH (133.4-200 ppm)
  • Compatibility: keep with peaceful community fish
  • Care level: beginner

Read full Guppy care guide here.

20. Florida Flag Fish (Jordanella floridae)

Florida flag fish swimming upwards in aquarium
  • Appearance: dark blue head, long body covered in bright red, green, blue and gold iridescent speckles
  • Tank size: 20 gallons (75 liters)
  • Type of tank: 20 gallon long with lots of live plants and slow water current
  • Care level: intermediate
  • Diet: omnivore
  • Behavior: can be aggressive. Males may be aggressive with each other. Both sexes may nip the fins of slow moving tank mates.
  • How many can be kept together: groups of 6 or more are best
  • Lifespan: 2-3 years
  • Size: 2 inches (5 cm)
  • Defining features: will happily feast on hair or thread algae

Quick Care Stats (Water Parameters) for Florida Flag Fish

  • Tank size: 20 gallons (75 liters)
  • Temperature: 70°-85°F (21.1°-29.4°C)
  • pH: 6.5-7.5
  • Hardness: 12-25 dGH (200-417 ppm)
  • Compatibility: fast moving community fish like danios
  • Care level: intermediate

21. Rainbow Kribensis (Pelvicachromis pulcher)

Three rainbow kribensis swimming in planted aquarium
  • Appearance: yellow body with black lines over the head, dorsal area and lateral line. Bright pink belly and orange tips on the dorsal fin and upper tail with black spots. Females are brighter than males.
  • Tank size: 20 gallon (75 liters)
  • Type of tank: 20 gallon long with lots of live plants and several options for caves.
  • Care level: beginner
  • Diet: omnivore
  • Behavior: cave dwelling species that likes lots of cover. Kribs are excellent parents who readily breed and care for their fry.
  • How many can be kept together: one male a several females
  • Lifespan: 5 years
  • Size: 3-4 inches (7.6-10 cm)
  • Defining features: one of the more peaceful cichlids that can be kept in a community tank

Quick Care Stats (Water Parameters) for Rainbow Kribnesis

  • Tank size: 20 gallon (75 liters)
  • Temperature: 75°-80°F (23.9°-26.7°C)
  • pH: 6-7
  • Hardness: 3-5 dGH (50-83.4 ppm)
  • Compatibility: fast-moving peaceful community fish. Avoid other bottom and cave dwellers.
  • Care level: beginner

22. Redhead Cichlid (Vieja melanura)

Read head cichlid swimming alone is aquarium
  • Appearance: pink head, body is iridescent blue, green or golden with dark spots and speckles. Males are more brightly colored. Very heavy bodied.
  • Tank size: 55 gallon (210 liters)
  • Type of tank: long tank with large footprint. Needs roots/driftwood to use as cover with large open areas
  • Care level: advanced
  • Diet: omnivorous
  • Behavior: can be aggressive. Somewhat shy fish that startles easily. Bottom to mid-water swimmer. Will eat any fish that fits in its mouth.
  • How many can be kept together: one male and one female. You can’t keep multiple males together.
  • Lifespan: 10 years
  • Size: 14-16 inches (35.5-40.6 cm)

Quick Care Stats (Water Parameters) for Redhead Cichlid

  • Tank size: 55 gallons (210 liters)
  • Temperature: 75°-82°F (23.9°-27.8°C)
  • pH: 6.5-8.5
  • Hardness: 10-15 dGH (166.7-250 ppm)
  • Compatibility: other large, calm fish
  • Care level: advanced

23. Peacock Cichlid (Aulonocara sp.)

Peacock cichlid swimming around plants in aquarium
  • Appearance: long-bodied fish with large dorsal and anal fins. Many different natural colors and man-made hybrids. Males come in a variety of colors. Females are drab brown/gray.
  • Tank size: 55 gallon (210 liters)
  • Type of tank: long tank with lots of cave options and a sandy substrate
  • Care level: intermediate
  • Diet: omnivore
  • Behavior: considered semi-aggressive, especially with females present. Very active fish that sets up territory in a cave.
  • How many can be kept together: one male to four females. Or all male tank in a large group to spread out aggression.
  • Lifespan: 8 years
  • Size: 4-6 inches (10-15 cm)

Quick Care Stats (Water Parameters) for Peacock Cichlid

  • Tank size: 55 gallon (210 liters)
  • Temperature: 76°-82°F (24.4°-27.8°C)
  • pH: 7.8-8.5
  • Hardness: 18-25 dGH (300-417 ppm)
  • Compatibility: keep with other semi-aggressive African cichlids
  • Care level: intermediate

24. Jewel Cichlid (Hemichromis bimaculatus)

Jewel Cichlid resting on bottom of tank
  • Appearance: long-bodied, slim fish with bright red coloration, two large black spots and iridescent speckles
  • Tank size: 30 gallon (114 liters)
  • Type of tank: 30 gallon long with rock work and driftwood for hiding places
  • Care level: intermediate
  • Diet: omnivore
  • Behavior: can be very aggressive. Been known to kill much larger fish, especially mated pairs. May need to be kept by themselves.
  • How many can be kept together: single or one male, one female
  • Lifespan: 5 years
  • Size: 5.5-6 inches (14-15 cm)

Quick Care Stats (Water Parameters) for Jewel Cichlid

  • Tank size: 30 gallon (114 liters)
  • Temperature: 70°F – 74°F (21.1°-23.3°C)
  • pH: 7-7.5
  • Hardness: 7-18 dGH (116.7-300 ppm)
  • Compatibility: should be kept in a species only tank
  • Care level: intermediate

25. Green Terror Cichlid (Andinoacara rivulatus)

Green terror cichlid swimming over rock
  • Appearance: olive green head, each scale on the side of the body is rimmed with bright blue/green iridescent color that forms stripes down the body. Males have bright orange stripes on edges of dorsal fin and tail.
  • Tank size: 55 gallon (210 liters)
  • Type of tank: long tank with a large footprint. Provide rocks and driftwood as territorial boundaries. Will destroy most live plants.
  • Care level: intermediate
  • Diet: omnivore
  • Behavior: can be aggressive.
  • How many can be kept together: one male one female
  • Lifespan: 7-10 years
  • Size: 6-12 inches (15-30 cm)
  • Defining features: males develop large nuchal humps

Quick Care Stats (Water Parameters) for Green Terror Cichlid

  • Tank size: 55 gallon (210 liters)
  • Temperature: 76°-80°F (24.4°-26.7°C)
  • pH: 6-7.5
  • Hardness: 3-6 dGH (50-100 ppm)
  • Compatibility: keep with other large South American cichlids or alone
  • Care level: intermediate

Which Colorful Fish is Best for You?

By now, you should have plenty of inspiration for your colorful freshwater fish urge.

Your next step is to research the ones you like the most, and make sure you’re able to provide optimal care to get the most enjoyment out of these beauties.

I hope I’ve given you some ideas to run with. And if you have anymore suggestions, let me know in the comments.

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