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What fish do you think is the most beautiful of all?
Old 01-16-2012, 08:02 AM   #11
 
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really large schools of cardinal tetras ( i like they have more red then neons but those work too ) and cherry red shrimp in a planted tank with a black background and substrate. there are nicer looking fish but thats my personal favorite freshwater setup.
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Old 01-16-2012, 11:35 AM   #12
 
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I think the most beautiful freshwater fish are these little guys called darters that are found in coldwater streams around the US. And probably the best of those guys would be the candy darter, rainbow darter, tangerine darter, and redfin darter. Most people don't even know they exist because they're not found in the aquarium trade.


Rainbow Darter


Candy Darter


Tangerine Darter


Redfin Darter

Can't forget the Mountain Redbelly Dace either!
I've caught the rainbow and redfin darter before from streams, and you are correct they are some of the most gorgeous fish out there :) Super fast, too!
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Old 01-16-2012, 12:36 PM   #13
 
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Wow that candy darter is rely beautiful! It's a shame there not in the hobby
They aren't sold commercially, but I have seen some people with these fish in their tanks. The catch is they're only found in West Virginia, USA, and I think they're facing some problems like habitat degradation. But they are beautiful.

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I've caught the rainbow and redfin darter before from streams, and you are correct they are some of the most gorgeous fish out there :) Super fast, too!
I once had an opportunity to take home some redfin darters and start up a tank, but I was a few thousand miles away from home and didn't have any equipment. I was told by one of the guys I was working with that redfins are actually pretty hardy and can be pretty easily kept. This is the redfin I almost too home.
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Old 01-16-2012, 03:16 PM   #14
 
cool. how big do they get?
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Old 01-16-2012, 05:09 PM   #15
 
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cool. how big do they get?
The largest ones we saw that summer were about 5 inches. Most of what we saw were 3-4 inch specimens. Unlike other darters they can live in standing water. There are some species of darter than only live in riffles. You would need a pretty good powerhead to replicate that habitat.

There really are a great number of attractive fish that live in the streams and lakes of the US. (Sorry can't speak for Europe; haven't had the experience there that I have in the US.) I clearly remember the first time I held a live rainbow trout taken from a stream. It was gorgeous.
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Old 01-16-2012, 05:57 PM   #16
 
Always loved many wild discus!
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Old 01-16-2012, 06:04 PM   #17
 
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The largest ones we saw that summer were about 5 inches. Most of what we saw were 3-4 inch specimens. Unlike other darters they can live in standing water. There are some species of darter than only live in riffles. You would need a pretty good powerhead to replicate that habitat.

There really are a great number of attractive fish that live in the streams and lakes of the US. (Sorry can't speak for Europe; haven't had the experience there that I have in the US.) I clearly remember the first time I held a live rainbow trout taken from a stream. It was gorgeous.
And delicious ! =P
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Old 01-16-2012, 06:24 PM   #18
 
Discus are super cool too, always wanted one but my tank is way to small, 29, pitty.
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Old 01-16-2012, 06:36 PM   #19
 
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Most beautiful fish in personal opinion, huh? Let's see... I love the look of bettas, endler livebearers, Red blood parrot cichlids, black ghost knifes, and I think the very small tetras (like embers and such) are very pretty. Also I think sparkling gouramis are beautiful, and rainbow fish. Oh, and a big school of tiger barbs are always breathtaking. One fish I have that I am particularly fond of is my golden barb (s)... they remind me of koi, but able to be kept in a 29g tank. They have beautiful golden and orange colors.
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Old 01-16-2012, 07:01 PM   #20
 
I like bettas too but they are not as active as tiger barbs. I love an active fish. My only fish right now is a silver molly and she is pretty and right now I have 8-10 fry and only like 4 look silver and the rest look black, might be dalmation mollies. She is active, not at first and but now she is.
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