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Favorite Aquarium Fish


Ask ten people what is their favorite aquarium fish is, and you'll probably get ten different answers. I posed that question to readers in a series of polls. Unfortunately I had to limit each list to ten or fewer fish, and although people can't vote multiple times the same day, there are still ways to "stuff" the ballot. Needless to say, the results are arguably nonscientific, but fun never the less.

Before someone says "Hey, where are the polls for all the cichlid species?", I'll get to them next. To do them justice, it will take a number of polls. Look for them in the next favorite fish edition/revision.


Tiger Barb
Ash Nicholas
Barbs included for the vote were the following: Cherry Barb, Checkered Barb, Clown Barb, Gold Barb, Panda Barb, Rosy Barb, Ruby Barb, Tiger Barb, Tinfoil Barb, and the Two-Spot Barb. Currently the Tiger Barb and Gold Barb are neck in neck for the top Barb choice. However, the Cherry Barb and the Ruby Barb are not far behind.

Here are the current results. If you'd still like to put in your two cents worth, by all means cast your vote for your favorite Barb.


Red-Tailed Catfish
Shirlie L Sharpe
Catfish were tough because there are so many species. Sometime in the future, I'll run a series of polls dedicated to only the different types of catfish so they are better represented. But due to the ten item limitation of the poll, the list was cut down to: Adolfos Cory, Bandit Cory, Banjo Cat, Glass Catfish, Otocinclus, Pictus Catfish, Pleco, Raphael Cat, Upside-down Catfish, and the Whiptail.

It was no surprise that the every popular pleco (which is actually a number of species) was the hands-down favorite. However, the Pictus and Upside-down Catfish, gave the plecos a run for their money. Not too far behind was the Bandit Cory, one of many beloved in the Cory family.

You can still view the current Catfish poll results, or cast your vote for your favorite Catfish.


Shirlie L Sharpe
Goldfish are essentially one species that has many variations. Owners often have a passion for certain types, so I ran a poll to see what is the most popular. The varieties included: Black Moor, Bubble Eye, Comet, Lionhead, Oranda, Ranchu, Ryukin, and Shubunkin.

The Black Moor won out, but had lots of competition from the others. If you have a favorite type of Goldfish, you can still cast your vote, or simply view the favorite Goldfish results. Wondering what all of them look like? Browse the Goldfish Gallery to find out, you might be surprised at the variety.


Shirlie L Sharpe
Gouramis included most of the popular species, which are: Blue/3-Spot Gourami, Chocolate Gourami, Dwarf Gourami, Honey Gourami, Giant Gourami, Kissing Gourami, Moonlight Gourami, Pearl Gourami, Snakeskin Gourami, and Sunset/Red Gourami.

Although I expected the Blue/3-Spot or Kissing Gourmi to win, it was the Dwarf Gourami that came out on top. You can still vote for your favorite Gourami, or view the current results.


Shirlie L Sharpe
There are really only a couple of species of livebearing fish, each of which have a number of colorful varieties. I may expand the poll to reflect those varieties, but for now the poll consists of Guppies, Mollies, Platies and Swordtails. Which one was number one? If you guessed Guppy, you were right. Here are the full poll results, and for those who still want to vote, the favorite Livebearer poll link.


Kuhli Loach
Robert Mollik
Loaches are one of my favorite aquarium fish, so I had to include them in the poll. Included were the following: Clown Loach, Dwarf Loach, Horsefaced Loach, Kuhli Loach, Queen Loach, Skunk Loach, Tiger Loach, Weather Loach, Yo-Yo Loach, and the Zebra Loach. No surprise here - the Clown Loach was a runaway winner, with the Kuhli Loach a distant second. My favorite, the Weather Loach, was tied for third place. What is your favorite loach? You can still vote for your favorite Loach, or view the full poll results.


Boesmans Rainbowfish
Shirlie L Sharpe
When it comes to Rainbowfish, there quite a few species, but not many of them are readily available in the aquarium trade. For the poll, I included the following: Axelrod Rainbow, Bosemani Rainbow, Celebes Rainbow, Desert Rainbow, Jewel Rainbow, Lake Kutubu Rainbow, Lake Wanam Rainbow, Madagascar Rainbow, Neon Rainbow, and the Red Rainbow.

The one most commonly seen in pet shows, the Bosemani Rainbow, was the clear winner in the poll. It's my personal favorite too, but many of the others are quite attractive. The full Rainbow poll results are available, and you can still vote for your favorite if you wish.


Tetras are another huge family of fish that I'd like to split out into more polls. For now at least, the selects are limited to these ten: Black Skirt Tetra, Bleeding Heart Tetra, Cardinal Tetra, Congo Tetra, Emperor Tetra, Glowlight Tetra, Neon Tetra, Red-Eye Tetra, Rummy-Nose Tetra, and Serpae Tetra.

Cardinal Tetras had nearly a third of the votes, beating the others easily. But the Bleeding Heart Tetra wasn't too far behind, and four others are very close behind. Check out the full poll results, and cast your vote for your favorite Tetra.

Overall Favorite

So which fish was the favorite overall? I may re-run this poll with a different set of ten in the future, but for now I included: Angelfish, Barbs, Bettas, Cichlids, Catfish, Gouramis, Goldfish, Guppies, Loaches, and Tetras. Remember, I said this was a very UN-scientific poll, so please no hate mail when you read the results. The winner is.....

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