The Freshwater Angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare) is a freshwater fish in the Cichlidae family. It is the most common Angelfish. It is a cichlid.
The Freshwater Angelfish has a thin, laterally compressed triangular-shaped body. It is silver with three brownish-red vertical stripes on its body and red markings on its fins. It has elongated, trailing fins. It has reddish-brown eyes.
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The Gunther’s Mouthbrooder (Chromidotilapia guentheri) is a freshwater fish in the cichlid family.
The Gunther’s Mouthbrooder is tan-brown in colour. The female is more colourful than the male. She has a pink belly and a metallic white stripe on her dorsal (back) fin. It has a wide, down-turned mouth.
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The Jaguar Cichlid (Parachromis managuensis) is a large freshwater fish in the cichlid family. It is also known as the Managuense Cichlid and the Aztac Cichlid.
The Jaguar Cichlid has a yellow-bronze oval body, with vivid black spots. It has a series of large black dots running horizontally along the middle of its body.
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The Blood Parrot Cichlid (family Cichlidae) is a freshwater fish in the cichlid family. It is also known as the Parrot Cichlid, due to its beak-like mouth.
The Blood Parrot Cichlid can be bright orange, red, yellow, or grey
It is a hybrid cichlid, which is a combination of breeding two different cichlid species. Its mouth is narrow and vertical, which is considered to be a person-made breeding deformity.
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The Livingston’s Cichlid (Nimbochromis livingstonii) is a freshwater fish in the cichlid family.
The Livingston’s Cichlid is a thin fish with a large mouth. It is usually mottled brown and white. Its dorsal (back) fin often has blue colouring with an orange-red or white line.
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The Smith’s Cichlid (Julidochromis marksmithi) is a tropical freshwater fish in the Cichlidae family of cichlids. It is also known as a Julie Cichlid or Convict Julie.
The Smith’s Cichlid has an elongated body with black, white, and yellow horizontal stripes from nose to tail. Its long dorsal (back) fin is white with black markings. Its eyes are black with yellow eye-rings.
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The Electric Yellow Fish (Labidochromis caeruleus) is a freshwater fish in the Cichlid family. It is also known as the Lemon Yellow Lab, the Blue Streak Hap, and the Yellow Prince.
The Electric Yellow Fish is a thin, laterally compressed fish. It is bright yellow with red eyes.
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The Auratus Cichlid (Melanochromis auratus) is a small freshwater fish in the Cichlid family. It is also known as the Golden Mbuna and the Malawi Golden Cichlid.
The Auratus Cichlid is elongated with a silver sheen and black and white stripes on the upper half of its body. The male is dark brown or black with a light-bluish or yellow stripe. The female is bright yellow with black and white stripes.
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The Convict Cichlid (Amatitlania nigrofasciata) is a freshwater fish. It is also known as the Zebra Cichlid or the Black-Striped Cichlid.
The Convict Cichlid has an oval-shaped bluish-grey body with 8 or 9 vertical black and white stripes. British convicts wore black and white uniforms, which is why it is called Convict Cichlid. The male has a lump on its forehead. The female has darker black bands.
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The Pearlscale Cichlid (Herichthys carpintis) is also known as the Lowland Cichlid or the Green Texas Cichlid. It is a freshwater fish.
The Pearlscale Cichlid has an oval-shaped body. It is blue-green with iridescent scales. It has red eyes. The female has a black blotch on its dorsal fin.
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The Rainbow Cichlid (Herotilapia multispinosa) is a tropical freshwater fish.
The Rainbow Cichlid is yellowish with hints of reds and browns. It has a line of central black spots from its eyes to the base of its tail. The female is duller in colour than the male.
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The Doctor’s Cichlid (Pseudotropheus “daktari”) is a tropical freshwater fish. It is also known as the Blue Daktari or Scissor Tail Cichlid. Daktari is Swahili for doctor.
The male Doctor’s Cichlid is bright yellow with a little bit of blue or purple sheen, whereas the femal is pinkish-tan. The male and female have a black trim on the top and bottom edge of their tail fin. Its body is slightly elongated.
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The Lemon Cichlid (Neolamprologus leleupi) is a freshwater fish. It is also known as the Gold Cichlid, the Leleupi, or the Tanganyikan Lemon Cichlid.
The Lemon Cichlid is a yellow fish, ranging from bright yellow to yellow-brown.
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The Three-Striped Haplotaxodon (Haplotaxodon trifasciatus) is a little-known freshwater fish in the cichlid family.
The Three-Striped Haplotaxodon is silver with three faint stripes which darken as the fish ages. It also develops a dark spot on the base of its tail. It has large, bulging eyes to see in the dark waters of the lake.
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The Oscar (Astronotus ocellatus) is a tropical freshwater fish from the cichlid family. It is also called the Tiger Oscar, the Velvet Oscar, or the Marble Oscar.
The Oscar is dark-coloured with yellow-ringed spots or orange patches. It is able to change its colour. It has bulging orange-brown eyes and thick lips.
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The Kotsovato Cichlid (Paretroplus kieneri) is a medium-sized freshwater fish related to the Wrasse and the Damselfish.
The Kotsovato Cichlid has an oval-shaped, thin body with a crescent tail, and thick lips. It is blue-purple with patches of orange scales on the ridge of its back and on its underbelly near its tail.
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The Redstriped Eartheater Cichlid (Geophagus surinamensis) is a tropical freshwater ray-finned fish.
The Redstriped Eartheater Cichlid is silver with horizontal stripes. It has a long dorsal fin (back fin) and trailing pectoral fins.
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The Blue Discus (Symphysodon aequifasciatus Pellegrin) is a cichlid from the Amazon River in South America, and is also known as the Brown Discus.
The Blue Discus is a laterally compressed fish, which means that it is vertically thin. It has a round discus-shape. It is patterned in shades of green, red, brown, and blue.
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The Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) is a cichlid fish from Africa. Outside of Africa, it is generally regarded as an invasive species.
The Nile Tilapia has regular, vertical indistinct stripes, with variable colours.
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The Hunchback Tilapia (Cyphotilapia frontosa), is commonly called the Frontosa, or the Hunchback Cichlid. It is a cichlid fish found in Lake Tanganyika in East Africa. Cyphotilapia means hunchback fish, and frontosa means big forehead.
The Hunchback Tilapia has 5-7 vertical black bars on a white-blue body. Its fins also look white-blue. One of the black bars runs through its eyes. It is a thick-lipped fish. The most striking feature is the hump on its forehead. It is called a nuchal hump. Nuchal means that the hump is on the nape (back of the neck).
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