The Most Attractive and Brightly-colored Aquarium Fishes with Lateral Stripes

A list of colorful and pretty aquarium fish with latitudinal stripes.

Here’s a list of laterally or horizontally striped and colorful aquarium fishes. Which among them is the most beautiful? Pick your choice.

1.) Eastern Sweetlip (Plectorhinchus orientalis)

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This beautiful fish with latitudinal stripes is scientifically named Plectorhinchus orientalis is a Grunt that lives in the Pacific Ocean and in the Indian Ocean. It occasionally makes its way into the aquarium trade. The Plectorhinchus orientalis is remarkable not only for its stripes but for its spots as well. It can attain a maximum length of 86 cm.

 2.) Striped Surgeon (Acanthurus lineatus)

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Striped Surgeon is a colorful and beautiful striped fish. This Tang inhabits the waters of Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean.  This popular aquarium fish can attain a length of 38 cm. Its most notable features are its light colored underside and its blue and yellow striped upper half body.

3.) Ribboned Sweetlip (Plectorhinchus polytaenia)

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The brightly-colored fish called Ribboned Sweetlip is another beautiful aquarium fish with lateral stripes. It can be found in East Indo-West Pacific oceans. This colorful aquarium fish grows to a length of up to 50 cm. it was so-commonly named due to its large lips. It is also commonly known as Yellow-ribbon Sweetlip.

4.) Sohal Tang (Acanthurus sohal)

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The laterally striped Sohal Tang is native to the Red Sea. This fish, which grows up to 16 inches in length, is noticeably attractive for its striking blue and white horizontal stripes making it a popular and a valued aquarium fish. This pretty and lovely aquarium fish is also known as Sohal Surgeonfish.

5.) Oriental Sweetlip (Plectorhinchus vittatus)

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The Oriental Sweetlip is a lovely-looking striped fish similar to the Plectorhinchus orientalis. This popular aquarium fish lives in coral reefs of the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean. It can attain a maximum length of 85 cm. As a juvenile, it has black stripes. As it grows old – the black is reduced and become more yellow. Oriental Sweetlip feeds on crustaceans, worms, slugs and snails.

6.) Emperor Angelfish (Pomacanthus imperator)

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One of the prettiest striped fishes is the Emperor Angelfish. It lives on reefs of the Indian and Pacific oceans. As a juvenile, the Emperor Angelfish is dark blue with electric blue and white rings. As it grows to adulthood it changes to yellow and blue stripes with black around the eyes. It takes about four years for an emperor angelfish to acquire its adult coloring. It should be noted that a juvenile to adult transition may not fully occur in an aquarium. It is a valued and popular aquarium fish. Emperor Angelfish can attain length of 40 cm.

7.) Six-Line Wrasse (Pseudocheilinus hexataenia)

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Six-Line Wrasse is a beautiful aquarium fish from the Indo-Pacific region. It can attain a length of 10 cm. This handsome-looking striped fish is a Six-Line Wrasse in an aquarium at the Riverbanks Zoo & Garden in Columbia, South Carolina in the US.

8.) Blue Stripe Angelfish (Chaetodontoplus septentrionalis)

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The attractive but very rare Blue Stripe Angelfish can be found in East Asia particularly in Izu Islands of Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong including Vietnam. This striped fish can grow up to 8 inches long.

9.) Ornate Angelfish (Genicanthus bellus)

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Ornate Angelfish is a striped fish that occasionally makes its way into the aquarium trade. Attaining a length of up to 18 cm long, it lives in the Indo-Pacific region. The Ornate Angelfish is not recommended for beginners. It is also commonly known as Bellus Angelfish.

10.) Striped Blenny (Meiacanthus grammistes)

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The captivating Striped Blenny is a small Blenny that inhabits the Eastern Atlantic Ocean and the Western Pacific Ocean. It is becoming a popular aquarium fish for its striking polka dots and stripes.

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Striped Blenny usually stays in the open saltwater ocean and occasionally goes to brackish estuaries and shallow saltwater. This Blenny species can attain a length of 10 cm.

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  1. drelayaraja

    On September 10, 2010 at 6:29 am

    Marvelous fishes.


    On September 10, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Beautiful article.

  3. Nykesha Alexandra

    On September 10, 2010 at 8:32 am

    This is nice. i like this. ;)

  4. GodsGrace

    On September 10, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Beautiful Fishes Images

  5. Mark Gordon Brown

    On September 10, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Stunning pictures. We dont have an aquarium because they are so much work.

  6. Brenda Nelson

    On September 10, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Wow those are terrific pics and good info – I am pretty sure these are all salt water aquarium fish so people might want to keep that in mind if they are looking to get fish for their tanks

  7. Raj the Tora

    On September 10, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Excellent write!. Finished with lateral and longitudinal stripes. Guess the next one is about spots and checkers :)

  8. maharlikah

    On September 11, 2010 at 3:24 am

    Amazing colors.

  9. Moses Ingram

    On September 11, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    I haven’t been here for awhile but your work is just as amazing as ever.

  10. Brewed Coffee

    On September 14, 2010 at 1:47 am

    Little fishy fishies. Like them all. So relaxing to the eyes. Thank you for featuring them. I wonder why they call some sweetlips…why not large lips? And the surgeon one too. Don’t see a scalpel there hehehe. Just being curious :-) This is a wonderful article!

  11. MaxBuceo

    On September 17, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Nice post. I like it

  12. BriannaMorgan

    On September 21, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    very beautiful

  13. quiet voice

    On September 22, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    …an amazing set of pictures. Great work. Take care.

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