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10 Most Colorful Freshwater Fish

1. Discus

The discus fish are a genus of Cichlids, which are native to the Amazon River basin. Their bright colors make them popular as a great choice for freshwater aquariums. Their brain pattern marking and colors range from reds, oranges, browns, creams and brilliant shades of bright blue.

Discus fish have stunning markings and bright brilliant all-over body colors. They also come in single color varieties and even pure white. There are many natural species of Discus but also man-made cultivated strains in which breeders have produced hundred of variations of shapes, patterns and coloring.

2. Killifish 

Killifish are widespread throughout Asia, South and North America, Africa and parts of Europe. They are lavishly colored and popular amongst hobbyist in the word because they are easy to keep in your freshwater aquarium. They come in red, blue and orange colorations.

The female Killifish are much less vibrantly colored and the male bodies have blue and yellow coloration with orange spots and stripes from the body to the tip of fins. It may be difficult to find one at your local fish store because Killifish are so attractive and popular amongst hobbyists.

3. Male Betta

These popular Betta Fish (also known as the Siamese Fighting Fish) come in a large variety of fin types and colors. There are numerous vibrant colors to choose from including white, black, yellow red, purple, orange and blue.

They are available in monochrome colors, but a Betta displaying 2 or more colors with its large elegant flowing fins is unmatched when it comes to other freshwater fish. The fact that they have a long lifespan and are easy to take care of makes them one of the most popular freshwater fish.

4. German Blue Ram

The German Blue Ram is a peaceful and colorful small-sized Cichlid. This species is flamboyantly colored. Yellow-green colors make up the main body and blue dots cover the fins. There are also seven darker vertical stripes on the fish and one very obvious strip on the head and through the eye.

There are red patches on the belly, near the eyes and upper and lower sections of the dorsal and tail fin. The fins are red and blue and the dorsal fin is dominated by yellow with black markings.

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5. Endlers Livebearer

The Endler (properly named Poecilia wingei) is rare in pet shops but can be seen occasionally in the homes and freshwater tanks of Endler enthusiasts. They have a similar look to the wild Guppy.

They offer brilliant, neon and unique colorations including orange, black, yellow-green and baby blue. They may be small but with their coloration, they can’t be missed. They have a peaceful nature, are tolerant to changing aquarium conditions and are easy to take care of.


6. Boeseman’s Rainbowfish

The Boseman’s Rainbowfish (also known as the Bosemani Ranbowfish) is endemic to Indonesia near Western New Guinea. It has a peaceful demeanor and is a popular freshwater aquarium fish amongst hobbyists due to their rare coloration.

Their color pattern is unique from other species of rainbowfish. The rear half of the fish is a bright red-orange and the front half is bluish-grey or purple. The body contains narrow dark lines, the fins are orange and the two dorsal fins are white on the outer edges.

7. Gourami

Gouramis are a group of freshwater fish that are native to Asia, Pakistan, India and Korea. Several of them have more different color combinations and patterns.The most colorful Gourami species are the Red Fire Dwarf Gouramis, the Blue Gouramis, and the Banded Gouramis.

Many Gouramis have a feeler barb at the front of their pelvic fins. They are almost the perfect aquarium fish as they are colorful, active, entertaining, are easy to care of and are hardy in freshwater aquariums. They come in many different stunning color variations like blue, gold, neon and sunset.

8. Peacock Cichlid

The Peacock Cichlid possesses distinct characteristics that have made them popular amongst aquarium hobbyists for over 30 years. The Peacock Cichlid display dozens of color patterns and iridescent brilliance, which consists of blue, gold, bright yellow, red, and vivid orange.

They also have vertical dark stripes along the body. Unlike other Cichlids, the Peacock Cichlid is relatively peaceful with other fish.

9. Fantail Guppy

Fantail guppies are a plentiful, attractive, and inexpensive fish. The diverse colors and patterns on the long tails of fantail guppies make them a beautiful fish to watch as they move around the aquarium. Their graceful appearance is one of the many reasons why freshwater aquarium hobbyists are enchanted by this species.

There are over 20 various color combinations common to the guppy species. They can be seen in solid reds, blues, purples, blues and yellows as well as metallic and white combinations with beautiful spots on their large delicate tails.


10. Flowerhorn Cichlid

This semi-aggressive Flowerhorn Cichlid is farm raised in the United States and has come into existence due to crossbreeding different American Cichlid species. They are named for their distinctive shaped protruding head and their dark flower shaped spots. The most popular color amongst hobbyists is red.

More colors and distinct patterns will lead to a higher cost. Some breeds of this colorful Cichlid can be exceptionally expensive. “The most expensive Golden Monkey was sold for 600-thousand dollars during a Malaysian exhibition in 2009


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Our website is new. There are still a few gremlins to work through and ours work a little differently compared to other, bigger websites. So we thought we'd just add a little step-by-step guide to guide you through your first purchase with us. 

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Dorry Kids


Dorry Kids

At Dorry Pets, we strive to do things differently. We are proud to present Dorry Kids, an initiative that allows you to bring your kids to learn about fish and aquatic life in general. We want to implement this initiative during the December holidays, but we urge you to visit our Facebook page by clicking here and taking the poll so that we can determine whether you'd like us to continue this idea into the future. 

How it works

If all goes well in the polls, we will have two days available in December where one of our trained staff will guide you and your kids through the store and chatting about aquatic life. Bookings must be made in advance but we must have a minimum amount of people attending. These sessions will be about an hour long. Each child will receive a small bag of food when they arrive and we will be allowing the kids to feed the fish. The sessions are free, but all you need to do is book in advance. If we feel there aren't enough people, we will notify you either on our Facebook page, by email or telephonically. 

What you can expect your kids to learn

All of the staff at Dorry Pets are highly motivated to conserve and protect nature as much as possible. We believe that by showing an interest and teaching kids between the ages of 7 and 14 years, can do our part in spreading the word and getting more people involved in protecting nature. In these sessions, your children will learn things such as:

  • How to feed fish
  • The responsibilities of fish-keeping
  • Interesting facts about various types of fish and other aquatic organisms
  • The difference between aquariums and nature,
  • Our responsibilities to protect and conserve nature,
  • Ecology, etc.

At the end of the session we will close off with a few questions, where your kids can engage with us and learn anything else we may not have covered in the session. 

Terms and Conditions

  1. All children must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian.
  2. Dorry Pets will not be held liable for any damages or harm that may come to you or your children. While we make every attempt to keep the store as safe as possible, accidents do happen. 
  3. Unruly behaviour will not be tolerated, and children, and accompanying parent/s or guardians of children who are deemed unruly, will be asked to leave the store. 
  4. We will only accept children between the ages of 7 and 14 years of age. 


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Article by: Brian Marais

Winter often throws a few curve balls at hobbyists, with drops in temperature as a result of either power failures or even inadequate heaters. I’m not here to talk about heaters, but rather something that can occur in your tank as a result of undue stress, often created by sudden drops in temperature. 

I’m talking about White Spot, that dreaded layer of spots seen on the fishes outer layers that often leads to aquarists stressing. But is this really of due concern, or is it possible to keep white spot at bay easily?

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