Characoids & Cyprinids (Barbs & Tetras)

A characoid is known by having the following characteristics:
Usually has an adipose fin (small fin in between the dorsal and caudal fin). Well developed scales, teeth, and no rostral bone. There are several other characteristics, but these will suffice. There are over 1,300 species of characoids in South and Central America as well as Africa.

A cyprinid is a soft-finned fish with toothless jaws and cycloid scales (these scales show concentric lines of growth). This is the largest family of fish.  There is no adipose fin. Some may have barbels (generally limited to 2 pairs). There are no scales on the head.  The largest in this family may reach a size of over 6 feet. Commonly known cyprinids are goldfish and carp. Barbs belong to this family.

Fish I currently keep:

Puntius nigrofasciatus (Black Ruby Barbs)  Paracheirodon innesi (neon tetras)
Danio roseus "purple passion danio"
Danio choprai
Danio margaritatus Nannostomus beckfordi (Beckford's Pencilfish)
Danio albolineatus "pearl danio"
'Puntius' oligolepis
Rasbora heteromorpha

Formerly kept:

Inpaichthys kerri (Kerri tetra) Nematobrycon lacortei (Rainbow Tetra)

Nematobrycon palmeri (emperor tetras)
Paracheirodon axelrodi (cardinal tetras)
Brachydanio rerio (zebra danio)
Hyphessobrycon scholzei (Black-lined tetra)  Hemigrammus ocellifer (head & tail light tetras)
Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis (Lemon Tetra)
Barbus tetrazona (Tiger Barbs)
Hyphessobrycon callistus (Serpae Tetra)
Carassius auratus (Black Moors)
Hyphessobrycon flammeus (flame tetra) Corynopoma riisei (Swordtail Characin) 
Phenacogrammus interruptus (Congo tetras) Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma (Bleeding Heart Tetras)
Thayeria boehlkei (Penguin/Hockey Stick Tetra) Puntius conchonius
Tanichthys albonubes Oreichthys cosuatis? (Drape fin Barb)
Pristella maxillaris (Pristella tetra) Hasemania nana (Silvertip tetra)


Last updated Oct. 25/12