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The Ultimate A-Z List of over 400 Tropical Freshwater Fish

Did you know that there are over 30,000 different species of freshwater tropical fish that have been recognised? There are probably nearly as many that haven’t been officially named yet as well.

In this article, we will list over 400 different types of tropical fish (441 to be exact). Some of these you will have heard of, while some of them you may not. A few on the list have only been discovered in the past few years!

So, without further ado, let us present to you the ultimate A-Z of freshwater tropical fish!

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Fish Starting with the Letter A.

american flagfish
American Flagfish
archer fish
Archer Fish
african lungfish
African Lungfish
  • Adolfo’s Corydoras
  • African Glass Catfish
  • African Knifefish
  • African Long-finned Characin
  • African Lungfish
  • African Red-eyed Characin
  • African Spotted Catfish
  • African Three Spot Barb
  • Agassiz’s Corydoras
  • Agassiz’s Dwarf Cichlid
  • Ahli
  • Albert’s Synodontis
  • Albino Paradise Fish
  • Amazon Molly
  • American Flagfish
  • Angelfish
  • Ansorge’s Neolebias
  • Arched Corydoras
  • Archer Fish
  • Armoured Catfish
  • Arulius Barb
  • Asian Bumblebee Catfish
  • Australian Blue-eye
  • Axelrod’s Rasbora

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Fish Starting with the Letter B.

black ghost knifefish
Black Ghost Knifefish
blind cavefish
Blind Cavefish
bosemans rainbowfish
Boseman’s Rainbowfish
  • Balloon Molly
  • Banded Bushfish
  • Banded Epiplatys
  • Banded Mystus
  • Banded Pearlfish
  • Bandit Corydoras
  • Banjo Catfish
  • Bar-tailed Dwarf Cichlid
  • Beacon Tetra
  • Bearded Corydoras
  • Bengal Danio
  • Betta Fish
  • Black Calico Swordtail
  • Black Ghost Knifefish
  • Black Hi-fin Pleco
  • Black Neon Tetra
  • Black Paradise Fish
  • Black Phantom Tetra
  • Black Platy
  • Black Ruby Barb
  • Black Sail Corydoras
  • Black Spot Barb
  • Black-banded Pyrrhulina
  • Black-fin Shark Catfish
  • Black-finned Pacu
  • Bleeding Heart Tetra
  • Bleher’s Rainbowfish
  • Blind Cavefish
  • Blonde Guppy
  • Blotched Mudskipper
  • Blue Acara
  • Blue Coral Platy
  • Blue Diamond Discus
  • Blue Emperor
  • Blue Limia
  • Blue Panchax
  • Blue Peacock Cichlid
  • Blue Platy
  • Blue Spotted Snakeskin Discus
  • Blue Tetra
  • Blue Tuxedo Guppy
  • Blue Tuxedo Variatus Platy
  • Blue-gold Peacock
  • Boelke’s Penguin Fish
  • Boeseman’s Rainbowfish
  • Bokerman’s Cynolebias
  • Bolivian Ram
  • Boraras Brigittae Rasbora
  • Borelli’s Dwarf Cichlid
  • Bowfish
  • Brazilian Freshwater Puffer
  • Brilliant Rasbora
  • Bronze Corydoras
  • Brown Marble Sailfin Molly
  • Buck-toothed Tetra
  • Buenos Aires Tetra
  • Bulldog Catfish
  • Bumblebee Catfish
  • Bumblebee Goby
  • Bunagaya Goby
  • Butterfly Catfish
  • Butterfly Cichlid
  • Butterfly Goodeid
  • Butterfly Peacock
  • Butterfly Peckoltia
  • Butterflyfish

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Fish Starting with the Letter C.

common hatchetfish
Common Hatchetfish
clown killifish
Clown Killifish
checkerboard Cichlid
Checkerboard Cichlid
  • Calico Variatus Platy
  • Cardinal Tetra
  • Celebes Rainbowfish
  • Checkerboard Cichlid
  • Checkered Barb
  • Cherry Barb
  • Chinese Paradise Fish
  • Chocolate Frogmouth
  • Chocolate Gourami
  • Claret Betta
  • Climbing Perch
  • Clown Barb
  • Clown Killifish
  • Clown Loach
  • Clown Rasbora
  • Clown Synodontis
  • Cobalt Blue Discus
  • Coffee and Ink Platy
  • Combtail
  • Common Ancistrus
  • Common Brochis
  • Common Hatchetfish
  • Common Nandus
  • Common Pleco
  • Congo Synodontis
  • Congo Tetra
  • Convict Cichlid
  • Coolie Loach
  • Cornflower Blue Delta Guppy
  • Crested Dwarf Cichlid
  • Croaking Gourami
  • Crown Betta
  • Cuming’s Barb

Fish Starting with the Letter D.

dwarf gourami
Dwarf Gourami
dalmatian molly
Dalmatian Molly
diamond tetra
Diamond Tetra
  • Dalmatian Molly
  • Danionella Cerebrum
  • Day’s Green Panchax
  • Day’s Paradise Fish
  • Deep Angelfish
  • Discus
  • Dogtooth Cichlid
  • Down Poker
  • Dwarf Argentine Pearlfish
  • Dwarf Croaking Gourami
  • Dwarf Gourami
  • Dwarf Loach
  • Dwarf Pencilfish
  • Dwarf Rainbowfish

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Fish Starting with the Letter E.

endlers livebearer
Endler’s Livebearer
emperor tetra
Emperor Tetra
  • Eduard’s Mbuna
  • Emerald Betta
  • Emperor Tetra
  • Endler’s Livebearer
  • Entre Rios Pearlfish
  • Etowah Bridled Darter
  • Eyespot Krib
  • Eyespot Rasbora

Fish Starting with the Letter F.

four eyed fish
Four-eyed Fish
fenestratus
Fenestratus
flying fox
Flying Fox
  • Fairy Cichlid
  • False Corydoras
  • Featherfin Synodontis
  • Fenestratus
  • Festive Cichlid
  • Fighting Gaucho
  • Filament Tetra
  • Firemouth Cichlid
  • Five-banded Barb
  • Flamingo Guppy
  • Flowerhorn Cichlid
  • Flying Fox
  • Forktailed Blue Eye
  • Four-eyed Fish
  • Frontosa
  • Fuelleborn’s Cichlid

Fish Starting with the Letter G.

gunthers nothobranch
Gunther’s Nothobranch
green chromide
Green Chromide
goldeneye dwarf cichlid
Golden-eyed Dwarf Cichlid
  • German Yellow Guppy
  • Giant Brochis
  • Giant Gourami
  • Giant Gourami
  • Giraffe Catfish
  • Glass Bloodfin
  • Glass Catfish
  • Glowlight Rasbora
  • Glowlight Tetra
  • Gold Cobra Delta Guppy
  • Gold Comet Platy
  • Gold Marbled Veiltail Angelfish
  • Golden Angelfish
  • Golden Barb
  • Golden Bumblebee Goodeid
  • Golden Comet Swordtail
  • Golden Dwarf Barb
  • Golden Fuscoides
  • Golden Lyretail Guppy
  • Golden Marble Angelfish
  • Golden Nugget Pleco
  • Golden Pencilfish
  • Golden Snakeskin Delta Guppy
  • Golden Variatus Platy
  • Golden-eyed Dwarf Cichlid
  • Goldy Pleco
  • Great Danio
  • Greater Scissortail
  • Green Chromide
  • Green Knifefish
  • Green Molly
  • Green Panchax
  • Green Royal Pleco
  • Green Swordtail
  • Green Terror
  • Green Tiger Barb
  • Green Variatus Platy
  • Green Variegated Delta Guppy
  • Gunther’s Nothobranch
  • Guppy

Fish Starting with the Letter H.

hog nosed brochis
Hog-nosed Brochis
High backed headstander
High-backed Headstander
hard bellied silver dollar
Hard-bellied Silver Dollar
  • Hancock’s Catfish
  • Hard-bellied Silver Dollar
  • Hard-lipped Barb
  • Harlequin Rasbora
  • Harold Schultz’s Corydoras
  • Hi-fin Golden Parrot Variatus Platy
  • High-backed Headstander
  • Hog-nosed Brochis
  • Honey Gourami
  • Horse-faced Loach
  • Hujeta Pike Characin
  • Humbug Catfish
  • Humpbacked Limia

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Fish Starting with the Letter I.

indian glassfish
Indian Glassfish
imperial zebra pleco
Imperial Zebra Pleco
  • Imperial Zebra Pleco
  • Indian Chameleon Fish
  • Indian Clown Catfish
  • Indian Glassfish Indian Gourami

Fish Starting with the Letter J.

japanese medaka
Japanese Medaka
jewel cichlid
Jewel Cichlid
jack dempsey cichlid
Jack Dempsey Cichlid
  • Jack Dempsey Cichlid
  • Japanese Medaka
  • Java Combtail
  • Jellybean Tetra
  • Jewel Cichlid
  • Juelin Gourami

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Fish Starting with the Letter K.

keyhole cichlid
Keyhole Cichlid
kissing gourami
Kissing Gourami
knife livebearer
Knife Livebearer
  • Kafue Pike Characoid
  • Kerr’s Danio
  • Keyhole Cichlid
  • Kijimuna Goby
  • King Tiger Peckoltia
  • Kishi Liquorice Gourami
  • Kissing Gourami
  • Knife Liverbearer
  • Koi Angelfish
  • Korthaus’ Nothobranch

Fish Starting with the Letter L.

livingstoni
Livingstoni
lemon cichlid
Lemon Cichlid
leopard danio
Leopard Danio
  • Labidochromis Electric
  • Lake Kutubu Rainbowfish
  • Lake Tebera Rainbowfish
  • Lavender Gourami
  • Least Rasbora
  • Lemon Cichlid
  • Lemon Tetra
  • Lemon-fin Barb
  • Leopard Bushfish
  • Leopard Danio
  • Lesser Spiny Eel
  • Licorice Dwarf Gourami
  • Lifalili Cichlid
  • Lined Citharoid
  • Livingstoni
  • Longfin Albino Oscar
  • Longtail Pleco
  • Lupingo Labidochromis
  • Lyretail
  • Lyre-tailed Black Balloon Molly

Fish Starting with the Letter M.

mouse botia
Mouse Botia
marbled hatchetfish
Marbled Hatchetfish
moonlight gourami
Moonlight Gourami
  • Macmaster’s Dwarf Cichlid
  • Malawi Blue Dolphin
  • Malawi Eye-biter
  • Malawi Golden Cichlid
  • Malawi Mbunas
  • Marbled Hatchetfish
  • Marbled Lyretail Molly
  • Marbled Molly
  • Marmalade Molly
  • Mees’ Pimelodid
  • Merry Widow
  • Metallic-top Minnow
  • Metriaclima Gallireyae
  • Mexican Molly
  • Midas Cichlid
  • Midnight Catfish
  • Mono
  • Montezuma Swordtail
  • Moonlight Gourami
  • Moorii
  • Mosquito Fish
  • Mother of Snails Catfish
  • Mottled Catfish
  • Mouse Botia
  • Mumbai Blind Eel
  • Myer’s Hatchetfish

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Fish Starting with the Letter N.

  • Neon Tetra
  • New Guinea Rainbowfish
  • Nijssen’s Dwarf Cichlid

Fish Starting with the Letter O.

oscar fish
Oscar
orange discus
Orange Discus
orange tiger barb
Orange Tiger Barb
  • Ocellated Stingray
  • One-striped African Tetra
  • Orange Barb
  • Orange Bushfish
  • Orange Chromide
  • Orange Discus
  • Orange-finned Loach
  • Orange-shouldered Peacock
  • Orange-tipped Pleco
  • Ornate Bagrid
  • Ornate Fin-nipper
  • Ornate Pimelodus
  • Oscar

Fish Starting with the Letter P.

pink tailed characin
Pink-tailed Characin
peters elephantnose
Peter’s Elephantnose
peacock rainbowfish
Peacock Rainbowfish
  • Palmqvist’s Nothobranch
  • Panda Corydoras
  • Paradise Fish
  • Parkinson’s Rainbowfish
  • Peaceful Betta
  • Peaceful Gourami
  • Peacock Goby
  • Peacock Gudgeon
  • Peacock Rainbowfish
  • Pearl Cichlid
  • Pearl Danio
  • Pearl Gourami
  • Pearl of Likoma
  • Pearly Rasbora
  • Penang Mouth-brooding Betta
  • Peppered Corydoras
  • Peppermint Pleco
  • Peruvian Tetra
  • Peter’s Elephantnose
  • Pictus Catfish
  • Pike-top Livebearer
  • Pineapple Swordtail
  • Pink-tailed Characin
  • Pintail Red Wag Platy
  • Platy
  • Polkadot Synodontis
  • Port Hoplo Catfish
  • Porthole Catfish
  • Pretty Peckoltia
  • Pretty Tetra
  • Purple-striped Sleeper Goby
  • Pygmy Catfish
  • Pygmy Rasbora

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Fish Starting with the Letter R.

regans julie
Regan’s Julie
Red Tailed black shark
Red Tailed Black Shark
red bellied piranha
Red-bellied Piranha
  • Rabaut’s Corydoras
  • Rainbow Belly Pipefish
  • Rainbow Cobweb Delta Guppy
  • Rainbow Goodeid
  • Ram Cichlid
  • Red Aphyosemion
  • Red Devil Cichlid
  • Red Dog Characin
  • Red Kadango
  • Red Lyretail
  • Red Phantom Tetra
  • Red Tiger Oscar
  • Red Varitail Guppy
  • Red Wag Lyre Swordtail
  • Red-bellied Piranha
  • Red-finned Shark
  • Red-finned Tetra
  • Red-spotted Characin
  • Red-spotted Leopard Discus
  • Red-striped Barb
  • RedTail Half-black Guppy
  • Red-tailed Black Shark
  • Red-tailed Catfish
  • Red-tailed Goodeids
  • Red-tailed Rasbora
  • Regal Peacock
  • Regan’s Julie
  • Rhoades’s Cichlid
  • Robina’s Corydoras
  • Roloff’s Barb
  • Roseline Torpedo Shark
  • Rosy Barb
  • Rosy Tetra
  • Round-banded Barb
  • Round-spotted Gibbiceps
  • Royal Whiptail Catfish
  • Rummy-nose Tetra
  • Rusty Cichlid

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Fish Starting with the Letter S.

sunset platy
Sunset Platy
south american leaf fish
South American Leaf Fish
severum
Severum
  • Sailfin Marbled Catfish
  • Sailfin Tetra
  • Salmo Baliki
  • Salmon-red Rainbowfish
  • Salt and Pepper Platy
  • Scarlet Acanthicus
  • Schomburgk’s Leaf Fish
  • Schwartz’s Corydoras
  • Scissor-tailed Rasbora
  • Senegal Bichir
  • Severum
  • Sheephead Swordtail
  • Siamese Fighting Fish
  • Siamese Flying Fox
  • Siamese Tiger
  • Silver Angelfish
  • Silver Arowana
  • Silver Distichodus
  • Silver Dollar
  • Silver Needlefish
  • Silver Prochilodus
  • Silver Shark
  • Silver-backed Tuxedo Guppy
  • Silver-tipped Tetra
  • Sinatus
  • Six-barred Panchax
  • Six-striped Distichodus
  • Slender Betta
  • Slender Hemiodus
  • Slender Rasbora
  • Slim Harlequin
  • Slim Harlequin Rasbora
  • Snail-eating Doradid
  • Snakeskin Discus
  • Snakeskin Gourami
  • South African Mouth Brooder
  • South American Leaf Fish
  • Spanner Barb
  • Speckled Sawfin Goodeid
  • Spike-tailed Paradise Fish
  • Splashing Characin
  • Splendid Rainbowfish
  • Spotline Aspidoras
  • Spotted Danio
  • Spotted Doradid
  • Spotted Goby
  • Spotted Headstander
  • Spotted Puffer
  • Spotted Shovel-nosed Catfish
  • Spotted Silver Molly
  • Spotted Synodontis
  • Stappers’ Catfish
  • Steel-blue Killifish
  • Stick Catfish
  • Striped Aphyosemion
  • Striped Aphyosemion
  • Striped Barb
  • Striped Headtstander
  • Striped Synodontis
  • Sturgeon Catfish
  • Sunset Hi-fin Platy
  • Swordtail
  • Swordtail Characin

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Fish Starting with the Letter T.

thick lipped gourami
Thick-lipped Gourami
threadfin rainbowfish
Threadfin Rainbowfish
twin banded rainbowfish
Twin-banded Killifish
  • Teardrop Mosquito Fish
  • Texas Cichlid
  • Thick-lipped Gourami
  • Threadfin Rainbowfish
  • Three-lined Corydoras
  • Three-spot Gourami
  • Tiger Barb
  • Tiger Scat
  • Tinfoil Barb
  • Trewavas’s Cichlid
  • Tuxedo Multicoloured Delta Guppy
  • Tuxedo Rainbow Delta Guppy
  • Twin-banded Killifish
  • Two Spot Barb
  • Two Spot Catfish
  • Two-spot Livebearer
  • Two-spot Rasbora

Fish Starting with the Letter U.

  • Ulrey’s Tetra

Fish Starting with the Letter V.

  • Variegated Platy
  • Venezuelan Stingray
  • Vermiculated Syndodontis
  • Violet Goby

Fish Starting with the Letter W.

wrestling halfbeak
Wrestling Halfbeak
white cloud minnow
White Cloud Minnow
Western Mosquito fish
Western Mosquito Fish
  • Walker’s Aphyosemion
  • Watermelon Fish
  • Western Mosquito Fish
  • White Cloud Minnow
  • White Discus
  • Wild Guppy
  • Wolf Fish
  • Wolverine Pleco
  • Wrestling Halfbeak

Fish Starting with the Letter X.

  • X-ray Tetra

Fish Starting with the Letter Y.

  • Yellow Krib
  • Yellow Panda Discus
  • Yellow Peacock
  • Yellow Tetra
  • Yellow-banded Moorii
  • Yellow-banded Tetra
  • Yellow-finned Xenotilapia
  • Yucatan Molly

Fish Starting with the Letter Z.

  • Zebra Danio
  • Zebra Loach
  • Zebra Malawi Cichlid

There you have it. A list of 441 different types of tropical freshwater fish, in alphabetical order, with some photos!

What more could you ask for?

If you want to keep updated with any new species of tropical fish that are being discovered, be sure to check out Shoal’s website. Shoal are heavily involved in the conservation of freshwater fish

Well, if you were wondering where on earth you could find a list of tropical fish without the letter A, then you can find that article RIGHT HERE!