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Water Colors Aquarium Gallery Podcast
116. Top 5 Characins

Characins are a vast and diverse family of fish that are hugely popular in the aquarium hobby. With well over 1000 species, how could you ever pick a favorite? In this episode, the Water Colors team does just that, narrowing the list down to our top 5 species of characins. Some are classics, and some are rare and unique. What are your favorites?


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Species mentioned in this episode:

  • Ember tetra (Hyphessobrycon amandae)
  • Lapis tetra (Hyphessobrycon cyanotaenia)
  • Cardinal tetra (Paracheirodon axelrodi)
  • Crystal tetra (Protocheirodon pi)
  • Emperor tetra (Nematabrycon palmeri)
  • Jellybean tetra (agadesia roloffi)
  • Congo tetra (Phenacogrammus interruptus)
  • Blue tetra (Knodus broki)
  • Beckford’s pencilfish (Nannostromus beckfordi)
  • Espei pencilfish (Nannostromus espei)
  • Purple pencilfish (Nannostromus rubrocaudatus)
  • Lampeye congo tetra (Phenacogrammus aurantiacus)
  • Serpae tetra (Hyphessobrycon eques)
  • Marbled hatchetfish (Carnegiella strigata)
  • Bucktooth tetra (Exodon paradoxus)
  • Wimple piranha (Cataprion mento)
  • Redbellied piranha (Pygocentrus nattereri)
  • Lemon tetra (Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis)
  • Tucano tetra (Tucanoichthys tucano)
  • Green fire tetra (Hyphessobrycon flammeus)
  • Ruby tetra (Axelrodia riesei)
  • Blueberry tetra (Hyphessobrycon wadai)

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