Top 10 Most Colorful and Beautiful Fish

The Mandarin fish or Mandarin dragonet is a small, brightly colored member of the dragonet family, which is popular in the saltwater aquarium trade. The mandarin fish is native to the Pacific, ranging approximately from the Ryukyu Islands south to Australia.

Mandarin fish are reef dwellers, preferring sheltered lagoons and inshore reefs. While they are slow-moving and fairly common within their range, they are not easily seen due to their bottom-feeding habit and their small size (reaching only about 6 cm). They feed primarily on small crustaceans and other invertebrates.

Emperor angelfish

The emperor angelfish, Pomacanthus imperator, is a species of marine angelfish. It is a reef-associated fish, native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans, from the Red Sea to Hawaii and the Austral Islands.
Juveniles are dark blue with electric blue and white rings; adults have yellow and blue stripes, with black around the eyes. It takes about 24 to 30 months for an emperor angelfish to acquire its adult coloring. They grow to 40 cm (15.75 in) in length.

Pterois or Lion fish

Pterois, commonly known as lionfish, is a genus of venomous marine fish found mostly in the Indo-Pacific. Pterois is characterized by conspicuous warning coloration with red, white, creamy, or black bands, showy pectoral fins and venomous spiky fin rays. Pterois are classified into a number of different species, but Pterois radiata, Pterois volitans and Pterois miles are the most commonly studied. Pterois are popular aquarium fish and are readily utilized in the culinary world.

Discus fish

Symphysodon, colloquially known as discus, is a genus of cichlids native to the Amazon River basin. Discus are popular as aquarium fish and their aquaculture in several countries in Asia is a major industry. They are sometimes referred to as pompadour fish. Symphysodon species inhabit the margins of floodplain lakes and rivers in the Amazon Basin of lowland Amazonia, where it is part of the highly diverse Neotropical fish fauna.

Lyretail coralfish

The sea goldie also known as the lyretail coralfish, lyretail anthias and scalefin anthia, is a small species of colourful fish in the subfamily Anthiinae. It is a common sight to scuba divers in the Indian Ocean. The fish lives around coral outcrops in clear lagoons, patch reefs and steep slopes to a depth of 35 m, often to be found in the company of Chromis diademata. They are often found in very large schools above the reef.

Paracanthurus hepatus or Blue surgeonfish 

Paracanthurus hepatus also known as regal tang, palette surgeonfish, blue tang, royal blue tang, hippo tang, flagtail surgeonfish, pacific regal blue tang and blue surgeonfish, is a species of Indo-Pacific surgeonfish Paracanthurus hepatus has a royal blue body, yellow tail, and black 'palette' design. The lower body is yellow in the west-central Indian Ocean. It grows to 30 cm (12 in.). This fish is rather flat, like a pancake, with a circular body shape, a pointed snout-like nose, and small scales. The blue tang has 9 dorsal spines, 26-28 dorsal soft rays, 3 anal spines, and 24-26 anal soft rays.

Clown fish

Clownfish or anemonefish are fishes from the subfamily Amphiprioninae in the family Pomacentridae. Depending on species, clownfish are overall yellow, orange, or a reddish or blackish color, and many show white bars or patches. The largest can reach a length of 18 centimetres (7.1 in), while the smallest barely can reach 10 centimetres (3.9 in).

Yellow tang

The yellow tang is a saltwater fish species of the family Acanthuridae. It is one of the most popular aquarium fish. Adult fish can grow to 20 centimetres (7.9 in) in length, and 1–2 centimetres (0.39–0.79 in) in thickness. Adult males tend to be larger than females. Yellow tang are bright yellow in color. At night, the yellow coloring fades slightly and a prominent brownish patch develops in the middle with a horizontal white band. They rapidly resume their bright yellow color with daylight.

Clown triggerfish

Clown triggerfish also known as the bigspotted triggerfish, are demersal marine fish belonging to the family Balistidae, or commonly called triggerfish. The clown triggerfish is a small sized fish which grows up to 50 cm. Its body has a stock appearance, oval shape and compressed laterally. The head is large and represents approximately one third of the body length. The mouth is small, terminal and has strong teeth.

Rhinecanthus assasi or Picasso triggerfish
Rhinecanthus assasi is a species of fish in the family Balistidae, the triggerfishes. Common names include Picasso triggerfish and Arabian picassofish. It occurs in the western Indian Ocean, including the Red Sea and Persian Gulf. The fish reaches up to 30 centimeters long. It is tan above and white below with blue stripes between and below the eyes.

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