Colorful and Uniquely-patterned Aquarium Fishes

These marine creatures exhibit some form of symmetry, either radial symmetry or bilateral symmetry or spherical symmetry. Most of them are heavily-colored yet they are still attractive and beautiful.

Foxface Rabbitfish

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The Foxface Rabbitfish (Siganus vulpinus) is a brightly-colored and popular aquarium fish. It inhabits coral reefs of western Pacific Ocean. This captivating marine creature is remarkable for its bright yellow body combined with white and purple color of its head and front portion. During the night, it changes colors into a mottled dark brown. Its original coloration returns upon waking.

It can attain an average length of 23 cm. Please bear in mind that the dorsal, anal and pectoral fins of this fish have venomous spines. Other informal names of this species are Foxface Lo or simply Foxface.

Twospined Angelfish

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The lovely and colorful Twospined Angelfish (Centropyge bispinosa), which is similar in appearance to the golden angelfish, is endemic to Indian and Pacific Ocean. It inhabits lagoons and coral reefs and can grow up to 8 cm in length. It is not recommended for beginners.

Butterfly Tail Gold Fish

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The Butterfly Tail (Carassius auratus) is an awesome-looking Goldfish species with unique physical appearance and is distinguished by the butterfly-shaped caudal fins from top view. It is also called Butterfly Telescope. Other names include Butterfly Tail Telescope, Butterfly Tail Demekin, Top View Telescope and Butterfly Tail Moor.

Blueslash Butterflyfish

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The Bluelashed Butterflyfish (Chaetodon bennetti) is a colorful fish of Indo-Pacific region. It can achieve a length of up to 20 cm and feeds on coral polyps. This bright yellow colored fish with a black patch has also two curved blue lines above the belly. Its vertical black eye stripe is flanked by two blue lines.

Achilles Tang

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Achilles Tang (Acanthurus achilles), also known as Achilles surgeonfish, is a heavily-colored aquarium fish that can attain a length of 25 cm. it is black in color with remarkable orange and white linings along its fins and tail. It can be found in the Pacific Ocean. This fish is not recommended for beginners. It can be included in a tan with Blennies, Gobies and Butterflyfish.

Magnificent Rabbitfish

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The Magnificent Rabbitfish (Siganus magnificus) is a beautiful fish that inhabits the waters of eastern Indian Ocean. It is slowly becoming a popular fish pet. It can attain a length of 24 cm.

Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish

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The Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish (Forcipiger flavissimus) is a heavily-colored Butterflyfish. This long-snouted fish is similar in appearance to a wiliwili leaf. This pretty fish inhabits the waters of Pacific Ocean. It is called Luwiliwilinukunukuʻoiʻoi in the Hawaiian language.

Raccoon Butterflyfish

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The Raccoon Butterflyfish (Chaetodon lunula) can be found in the 3 major oceans of the world – Indian, Pacific and Atlantic. It can grow up to 20 cm long and can live up to 5 years in captivity. It is also known as the Crescent-masked Butterflyfish or Lunule Butterflyfish.

Eastern Triangle Butterflyfish

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The Eastern Triangle Butterflyfish (Chaetodon baronessa) of Indo-West Pacific region grows to a maximum length of 16 cm. It is remarkable for its unique pattern of alternating cream and grey-brown to purple chevron-shaped bars. The head has 3 dark bars while the eye has one. It feeds exclusively on the polyps of Acropora corals.

Pholidichthys leucotaenia

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The beautifully patterned and colorful Pholidichthys leucotaenia is a marine fish that can be found in the Pacific Ocean. It can attain a length of 34 cm and slowly becoming a popular aquarium fish.

9 thoughts on “Colorful and Uniquely-patterned Aquarium Fishes

  1. Pepper

    My daughter has been begging me to get her an aquarium! :). Those are beautiful and colorful fish :). She especially likes the yellow butterfly fish

  2. betchai

    Masarap silang gawing pirito..LOL Thanks sa pag-appreciate sa blog ko. Actually, warehouse ko lang ito ng mga published online works ko.

  3. Jeff Hardy

    Thanks again betchai, sige post mo lang photos kapag nakita mo ang mga ito while on a swim.

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