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most beautiful freshwater fish?

this is a question i have for just opinions. I'd like to know what everyone thinks is the most beautiful fish. Personally i like CPD's, Rams, other microrasboras, and Celebes rainbowfish. I was just wondering if you guys had favorites and what they are and what their scientific names are so i can look them up! thanks!
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I would have to go with Discus, but this is debatable based on preference. CPD's are pretty sweet too though!


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High Blood line Fancy Betta's are Awesome, but i am very fond of Lyre tail Molly's and Sail Fin Molly's. Fancy Tailed Guppys are also very pretty.
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I love killifish. Looking to raise/breed some right now, but I'm still learning/researching.

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...s-shots-4.html

^ some awesome killie pictures!

A few of my favorites. Note that all pictures are property of Hristo (Aquasaur) and can be found from that link.







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personally i really like Chili Rasbora (Boraras brigittae) and Phoenix Rasbora (Boraras merah)

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Killies are nice and I have to say some of the nothos have amazing coloration. Chili and Phoenix rasboras are really nice too but I just love bettas. Currently my choice would be betta rubra which can show pretty crazy coloration. Betta macrostoma is also a nice fish in my opinion.

This guy takes amazing photos of both. http://macrostoma.net/
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endlers have got to be in the list of the best looking FW fish.

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Kinda partial to congo tetras.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:P...ptus_(aka).jpg
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i personoly think the most beautiful and cheap are neon tetras a glowing neon blue stripe and red glowing stripe is one of the most beautiful and easy to keep fish and also dwarf blue or flame gouramis

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Here's a vote for threadfin rainbows, forktail rainbows, and rams :P

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I love killifish. Looking to raise/breed some right now, but I'm still learning/researching.

http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...s-shots-4.html

^ some awesome killie pictures!

A few of my favorites. Note that all pictures are property of Hristo (Aquasaur) and can be found from that link.







Hristo takes the most amazing pictures of fish I've ever seen, I keep telling him he needs to publish more of them, especially in a Killie book or something. I think it's wonderful how he posts them so freely to share with people. He has to personally own one of the biggest and most beautiful collections of Killies on the planet!!!

Largely because of his pics, I have to say that I think Killies are one of the most fantastically beautiful FW fish.

Cardinal tetras will always have first place in my heart and my tanks, though.





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Hmmm, beauty is pretty subjective and it's too hard to pick just one. Gotta be natural coloration though, no line breeds. I'm not into "color" anyways, it's more about lines and patterns.

I feel I'm only competent to talk about cichlids. Here goes:
Large SA Cichlid: Geophagus altifrons or S. jurupari
Small SA Cichlid: Mikrogeophagus altispinosa or just about any Apisto
Large African: Altolamprologus calvus or C. frontosa
Small African: 'Lampgrologus' stappersii (no agreed upon species name) or P. demasoni
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I offered to design a fw fish book for him. I wish he'd take up on my offer.

I'm going to go unconventional with my choice, NAmerica Fishes















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What's that last fish?


edit: Banded Darter (Etheostoma zonale)
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are all killis from africa like the nothos annuals, or just the nothos?

edit when i said celebes rainbowfish i actually meant two species the Pseudomugil gertrudae and the Pseudomugil furcatus
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