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    Cool Freshwater fish that look like saltwater fish

    I've noticed some fish look a lot alike. Please list some freshwater fish that you think look like saltwater fish.





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    a lot of african cichlids look like saltwater fish. i remember walking into an LFS that had a tanganyikan display tank and there was a customer explaining to his daughter that it was a saltwater tank (if only he knew)



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    Do you mean the vibrant bright colors of saltwater fishes? In my opinion, maybe some African Cichlids.



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    I know one salt water fish that always get stuck in fresh water and waste away and die alot.......... sailfin molly.



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    Puffers!



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    two more, dragon goby, (brackish), and freshwater moray eels (most are brackish, one species i know is totally fresh from Australia).



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    without mentioning brackish water species, I would say datnoids do have that saltwater look to them, superficially similar to snappers.

    I wouldn't go with the FW morays, as they are not true FW fish
    Quote Originally Posted by tourdeforce1;2095234;
    The interaction I've had between African cichlids in my hundred gallon tank has not been dissimilar to that of The Highlander.



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    polypterus look similar to lizardfish
    10G (Reef) - Orchid Dottyback Yellow Watchman Goby Fireshrimp



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    Polypterus Collection Checklist:
    Palmas ☑, Polli ☑, Buettikoferi ☑, Ornatipinnis ☑, Delhezi ☑, Senegalus ☑, Retropinnis ☑,
    Mokelembembe ☑, Weeksi ☑, Teugelsi ☑, Endlicheri ☑, Congicus ☑, Lapradei ☑, Ansorgii ☐, Bichir bichir ☑.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Spiritofthesoul;5059312;
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    REALLY?

    Africans, some of the more exotic knife fish and certain fresh water rays. I feel that for color you want african cichlids for shape look to asian and south america. I mean sturgeon always had a saltwater look to me with their scales.



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