Love Is in the Water! 78 Romantic Valentine’s Day Aquarium Fish

With Valentine’s Day just three weeks away, love is in the water at Your Aquarium!

Having supplied a small group of cupid cichlids (Biotodoma cupido) to one of our long-standing aquarium maintenance clients last week, we got to thinking: How many of the other fish species that we keep have similarly romantic-sounding names? Our minds immediately went to kissing gouramis, bleeding heart tetras, and rose danios…

And with Valentine’s Day next month, what better time to discover how many more are out there? With that, we sat down and put our heads together to devise a list of a dozen (and more!) of our favourite freshwater (and a few saltwater) species that fit the bill!

Can you think of any more? If so, let us know – send us an email. But for now, and without further ado, here’s our favourite romantic-sounding aquarium fish to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day aquarium fish

  • Bleeding heart tetra (Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma)
  • Chocolate cichlid (Hypselecara temporalis)
  • Chocolate gourami (Sphaerichthys osphromenoides)
  • Coral beauty (Centropyge bispinosa)
  • Cupid cichlid (Biotodoma cupido)
  • Gold ring hillstream loach (Sewellia lineolata)
  • Harlequin sweetlips (Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides)
  • Kissing gourami (Helostoma temminkii)
  • Red-back bleeding heart tetra (Hyphessobrycon pyrrhonotus)
  • Rose danio (Danio roseus)
  • Sunset platy (Xiphophorus maculatus var. ‘Sunset’)
  • Violet blushing shark (Labeo boga)

As it turns out, there weren’t necessarily as many very obvious, directly Valentine’s Day-themed aquarium fish as we first thought! Still, and even though one or two may have slightly tenuous links to Valentine’s Day, it’s a dozen-strong list of romantic-sounding fish that together celebrates just some of the many things that we love about February 14th.

That includes romantic sunsets, blushing cheeks, ‘sweet lips’ (!), and, of course, chocolates… not to mention the possibility of a nice gold ring! Moreover, while settling on the ten freshwater and two saltwater fish species above, we also shortlisted another 66 potential candidates.

So, rather than let the time spent racking our brains go to waste, we’ve also compiled dozens more of our favourite fish varieties into five Valentine’s Day adjacent categories. These categories start with jewels and gemstones – popular gifts on the year’s most romantic day, alongside fresh flowers, various sweet treats, and more!

Jewels & gemstones

  • Black diamond cichlid (Paratilapia polleni)
  • Black diamond stingray (Potamotrygon leopoldi)
  • Black ruby barb (Pethia nigrofasciata)
  • Diamond barb (Hypsibarbus pierrei)
  • Diamond goby (Valenciannea puellaris)
  • Diamond tetra (Moenkhausia pittieri)
  • Emerald catfish (Corydoras splendens)
  • Emerald dwarf rasbora (Danio erythromicron)
  • Emerald eye rasbora (Brevibora dorsiocellata)
  • Gem tang (Zebrasoma gemmatum)
  • Jewel algae blenny (Salarias ramosus)
  • Jewel cichlid (Rubricatochromis guttatus)
  • Jewel pufferfish (Canthigaster solandri)
  • Ruby red scooter blenny (Synchiropus moyeri)
  • Ruby shark (Epalzeorhynchos frenatum)
  • Ruby tetra (Axelrodia riesei)

Semi-precious stones

  • Bengal turquoise danio (Devario devario)
  • Jade sleeper goby (Dormitator maculatus)
  • Jade-eye cichlid (Cryptoheros spilurus)
  • Jade wrasse (Halichoeres chloropterus)
  • Pearl arowana (Scleropages jardinii)
  • Pearl cichlid (Geophagus brasiliensis)
  • Pearl danio (Danio albolineatus)
  • Pearl gourami (Trichopodus leerii)
  • Pearl-lined cichlid (Neolamprologus tetracanthus)
  • Topaz puffer (Dichotomyctere fluviatilis)
  • Turkana jewel cichlid (Rubricatochromis exsul)

Flowers & bouquets

  • Blue orchid peacock (Aulonocara kandeensis)
  • Daffodil cichlid (Neolamprologus pulcher)
  • Flowerhorn cichlid (Hybrid)
  • Imperial flower loach (Leptobotia elongata)
  • Orchid dottyback (Pseudochromis fridmani)
  • Violet dragon goby (Gobioides peruanus)

Precious metals

  • Borneo red-fin silver shark (Cyclocheilichthys janthochir)
  • Gold barb (Barbodes semifasciolatus)
  • Gold belly damselfish (Pomacentrus auriventris)
  • Gold court jester goby (Koumansetta hectori)
  • Gold gourami (Trichopodus trichopterus)
  • Gold hovering catfish (Rama chandramara)
  • Gold laser cory (Corydoras sp.)
  • Gold line cardinalfish (Ostorhinchus cyanosoma)
  • Gold neon goby (Elacatinus evelynae)
  • Gold nugget plec (Baryancistrus xanthellus)
  • Gold ram (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi var. ‘Gold’)
  • Gold red-line torpedo barb (Sahyadria denisonii var. ‘Gold’)
  • Gold rush tang (Ctenochaetus tominiensis)
  • Gold severum (Heros efasciatus var. ‘Gold’)
  • Gold streak blenny (Ecsenius stigmatura)
  • Gold tetra (Hemigrammus rodwayi)
  • Irian golden nugget gudgeon (Giuris margaritacea)
  • Red-spotted gold severum (Heros efasciatus var. ‘Gold red spot’)
  • Silver arowana (Osteoglossum bicirrhosum)
  • Silver cichlid (Maskaheros argenteus)
  • Silver distichodus (Distichodus affinis)
  • Silver dollar (Metynnis hypsauchen)
  • Silver hatchetfish (Gasteropelecus sternicla)
  • Silver shark (Balantiocheilos melanopterus)
  • Silver tip tetra (Hasemania nana)
  • Platinum angelfish (Pterophyllum scalare var. ‘Platinum’)
  • Platinum ricefish (Oryzias latipes var. ‘Platinum’)
  • Platinum snow white parrot fish (Cichlasoma sp. hybrid)

Sweet treats

  • Candy basslet (Liopropoma carmabi)
  • Candy striped plec (Peckoltia vittata)
  • Licorice gourami (Parosphromenus deissneri)
  • Red velvet fairy wrasse (Cirrhilabrus rubrisquamis)
  • Strawberry basslet (Pseudochromis porphyreus)