Common Fish Names Beginning with the Letter Y

Yellow Lab fish

Here's a list of , from the striking yellow regal peacock cichlid to the shy yellow kribensis, that begin with the letter "Y."

Fish Names That Begin With "Y"

Yellow Banded Moenkhausia

Scientific name: Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae

This exuberant, vigorous swimmer performs best in groups of at least five, but it does not get along with more timid species. It may also nip longer-finned fish. This type prefers a landscaped tank with plenty of hiding spots. The fish gets its name from the yellow stripe at the base of the caudal fin. Because of the prominent red patch on its top eye, it's also known as the "red-eye tetra."

Yellow Julie

Scientific name: Julidochromis ornatus

This is one of the most popular Julidochromis species, known to enthusiasts as "Julies." They're territorial fish, however they get along nicely with other small to medium Tanganyikan cichlids in different parts of the tank. If you have numerous Julies, you'll need a huge tank.

Yellow King Piranha

Scientific name: Serrasalmus ternetzi

With a bigger tank and a smooth substrate on the bottom, keep the yellow king piranha in groups. They'll love a few rocks, roots, or rocks; plants aren't required, and the remainder of the aquarium can be decorated anyway you choose.

Yellow Kribensis

Scientific name: Pelvicachromis humilis

Fish hobbyists keep the yellow Kribensis, an uncommon species. This fish is shy and requires a large number of hiding spots (as well as breeding grounds) to feel safe. Use clay pots, roots, caverns, and driftwood to create your scene. Plants aren't required, but they will appreciate the added protection they give. When reproducing, the yellow Kribensis digs trenches, so utilize a fine gravel or sand substrate.

Yellow Lab

Scientific name: Labidochromis caeruleus

The yellow lab is one of the most popular cichlids among hobbyists, thus it's constantly in great demand. It has a brilliant yellow hue and a calm demeanor, making it an excellent tank companion for hundreds of other cichlids. The female yellow lab is a mouthbrooder, which means she lays her eggs on the surface of rocks and scoops them into her mouth, where they will brood for 18 days before being released.

Yellow Regal Peacock Cichlid

Scientific name: Aulonocara baenschi

The peacock cichlid is named after one of the most beautiful and eye-catching cichlids. Males have a bright golden orange hue with an iridescent blue lips. Colorless females, on the other hand. This fish feeds on sand-dwelling crustaceans. It floats stationary over the tank's bottom, detecting micro-movements in the substrate. When it finds a food, it dives into the sand and sifts through it using its gills to sift through the sand.

Yellow-Finned Xenotilapia

Scientific name: Xenotilapia flavipinnis

With more cantankerous or energetic fish, this delicate and meek species does not get along. Because it's sociable and outgoing rather than spawning, keep it in a group of six to ten fish. When they do separate to reproduce, though, they become extremely territorial.

More Fish That Begin With the Letter "Y" and Their Scientific Names

  • Yellow-Tailed Congo Tetra - Hemigrammopetersius caudalis
  • Yellow-Tailed Violet Cichlid - Gephyrochromis moorii
  • Yellow-Tetra - Hyphessobrycon bifasciatus
  • Yo-Yo Loach - Botia lohachata