10 Best Red and White Fish for Aquascaping (2023)

Most of the earth is covered with water. Similarly, aquatic animal populations outnumber humans and other land creatures. The beautiful blue water has the most colorful creatures. Have you ever seen a red and white fish or heard about any red and white fish? Today, we are going to look at the 10 most beautiful red and white fish.

Here we go,

10 Best Red And White Fish

1. Red Firefish

Red Firefish
Red Firefish
Scientific name Nemateleotris magnifica
Diet meaty foods, including mysis shrimp, brine shrimp, finely chopped fresh or frozen seafood, and vitamin-enriched prepared foods
Size ~9 cm
Location India, Africa, and Hawaii

The Firefish Goby, also known as the Firefish Goby, Fire Goby, and Magnificent or Fire Dartfish, is a stunning fish with a unique body shape and personality.

It is native to the Indian and Pacific oceans, where it lives in coral reefs at depths of 6 to 70 meters. The firefish goby is docile and timid, with a bright yellow head, white body, and red-orange tail.

It has black highlighted dorsal fins. The fish flicks them back and forth as a signal to conspecifics. Adults can reach a maximum length of 9 cm and live in groups. The diet should consist of vitamin-enriched brine fish, mysis shrimp, and prepared marine foods.

2. Coral Red Dwarf Pencil Fish

Scientific name Nannostomus mortenthaleri
Diet Tiny invertebrates and other zooplankton
Size ~1 inch (2.9 cm)
Location  Venezuela, Peru, Guyana, Suriname, and Colombia

This species of red and white fish has the scientific name Nannostomus mortenthaleri. The Coral Red Pencilfish, also known as the Red Arc Pencilfish, Peruvian Red Pencilfish, or Ruby Red Pencilfish, has an elongated body pointed at the snout and an expected lifespan of 5 years.

Its red body features two strong horizontal black lines, giving it a broadly striped appearance. The lower portion is paler and often white.

The males are brighter-colored than the females. This red and white fish is commonly found in Brazil, Columbia, and Peru in South America. These are omnivorous fishes.

3. Flowerhorn fish

Flowerhorn fish
Flowerhorn fish
Scientific name  Amphilophus hybrid
Diet Earthworms, raw shrimp, strips of lean fish, squid, krill, and insects
Size 25-40 cm
Location Malaysia, Thailand, and Taiwan

Flowerhorns have a remarkable growth rate, reaching up to 2 cm in a month during their first year of life. However, this growth rate can vary depending on the individual fish and their care.

The Red Dragon Flower Horn is the most common and recognizable, with a bright red coloration as it matures. The hump on the forehead, a distinctive feature of flower horns, is a common breeding parameter.

The average lifespan of flowerhorns is 8 to 12 years, with proper care potentially longer. The hump is a unique feature of flower horns, with both male and female species having small, unpronounced humps.

Red Dragon Flower Horn, recognizable as silver with dark spots matures to a bright red with a marbled pattern and white and black patches.

4. Skunk Tile Goby

Scientific name Hoplolatilus marcosi
Diet Amphipods, copepods, tiny crustaceans, various larvae, and other zooplankton
Size 12-15 cm
Location India, Pacific Ocean

Skunk tilefish is a social fish found in small groups in the Indo-Pacific. Also known as Red Stripe tilefish. They hunt zooplankton in rock rubble and substrate near coral reef structures.

These white, bright orange-to-red lateral stripe fish are typically found in pairs. They have an elongated body with a striking red line.

Their body, fins, and eyes have a slight blue tint, adding to their appeal. This peaceful fish is a beautiful addition to any community aquarium.

5. White Red Cap Goldfish

White Red Cap Goldfish
White Red Cap Goldfish | Credit: User:Rodsan18 (commons.wikimedia) (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Scientific name Carassius auratus
Diet brine shrimp, blood worms, Daphnia, or tubifex worms
Size 20-30 cm
Location China, Japan

Red-cap Oranda goldfish are a fancy breed with a double tail fin that flows beautifully as they swim. They have egg- or ball-shaped bodies that are almost as tall and wide as they are long.

Most Red Cap Orandas have red, orange, yellow, or white bodies, with the body color ranging from bicolor to tricolor varieties. Young Red Cap Orandas lack a wen, a fleshy growth on the head like a cap, which develops into an eye-catching red or orange color as they age.

The oranda is a metallic or matte-scaled goldfish with a large, long, and deep body accompanied by a long quadruple tail.

They are available in various colors, such as orange, red, red-and-white, red-and-black, black, blue, chocolate, bronze, white, or silver, black-and-white (panda-colored), red-black-and-white (tricolor), and calico.

6. Red Striped Goby

Scientific name Trimma cana
Diet brine shrimp, and mysis shrimp
Size ~2.5 cm
Location Philippines, Palau

The Red Striped Gody, also known as the Candycane Pygmy Goby, lives in the western Pacific Ocean on hard coral reefs.

Males grow up to 1 inch long and have unique features like a white body with eight vertical red bars, yellow spots on the middle fins, and a longer second spine in the dorsal fin.

They lack scales and have grooves between and behind their eyes. Found at depths between 39 and 115 feet. They can be seen alone or in small groups on hard corals.

7. ‌Redbarred hawkfish

Scientific name Cirrhitops fasciatus
Diet Philippine Sea, the Coral Sea, and Micronesia
Size ~3.5 inches (9 centimeters)
Location Hawaiian Islands, Japan

The red barred hawkfish is an endemic species of fish found in the Hawaiian Islands, Madagascar, and the Mascerene Islands. It has a whitish background color with reddish or brown vertical bands on the flanks and back and speckling on the face.

It has 10 spines, soft rays in the dorsal fin, and moderate incisions on membranes between them. The roof of the mouth has small teeth, and the upper three-fifths of the preoperculum have large serrations.

The dorsal profile of the snout is convex, and the caudal fin is truncate. The species is found at depths between 1 and 52 m in various reef habitats and is associated with reefs.

8. ‌Kohaku Koi Fish

Scientific name Cyprinus carpio
Diet Fish eggs, juvenile, fish, and insects
Size 60-120 cm
Location Japan

Koi fish, a classic species, have bright red markings on their bodies, which should be even across the body. The markings are balanced and not strictly symmetrical.

The fish has sharp edges near the head and tail. Koi fish have ghostly white fins at their sides, tails, and back and distinctive, googly-eyed eyes.

9. Redbar anthias

Scientific name Pseudanthias rubrizonatus
Diet Small zooplankton, including copepods and amphipods
Size ~12 cm
Location Pacific Ocean

Pseudanthias rubrizonatus is a marine ray-finned fish species found in the Indo-Pacific. Males are pinkish to pinkish orange at the anterior end of the body, bright yellow on the posterior and tail, separated by a red vertical bar.

The dorsal fin has a lilac margin, while the outer lobes of the caudal fin have red tips. Females are reddish-pink, paler ventrally, and have dark spots in their scales.

The dorsal fin contains 10 spines and 16 soft rays, while the anal fin has 3 spines and 7 soft rays. The maximum total length is 12 centimeters.

10. Persimmon Blood Parrot

Scientific name Amphilophus citrinellus x Paraneetroplus synspilus
Diet Flake foods, pellets, frozen worms, bloodworms
Size 20-30 cm
Location Asia

Blood parrot cichlids are peaceful community fish with shy natures, known for their bright orange body and translucent fins. They have large eyes, broad fins, and parrot-style beaks.

However, they have genetic deformities from hybrid breeding, such as large nuchal fins, a small mouth opening and closing improperly, and teeth obstructing eating.

This makes self-defense difficult, especially in tank environments with aggressive fish. Breeders may use unethical dyeing to obtain new colors, potentially shortening the fish’s lifespan.


These are some of the most manifest red and white-colored fish species. But this is not it; still, there are a variety of fish and aquatic animals in the aquarium to discover. and we will be back with some more interesting facts about them until then. Stay tuned to HowItSee.

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