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Lifespan of freshwater aquarium fishes

Submitted by on October 23, 2013 – 1:01 amOne Comment |

The lifespan of most aquarium fish is much longer than most people expect. We made a list with the most common aquarium fishes.

Characids

lifespan of characids

Name Years
Anostomus anostomus / Striped headstander 15
Anostomus trimaculatus / Threesport headstander 22
Aphyocharax anisitsi / Bloodfin tetra 10
Aphyocharax dentatus 10
Ctenobrycon spilurus / Silver tetra 14
Erythrinus erythrinus 22
Gymnocorymbus ternetzi / Black tetra 10
Hemigrammus anisisti / Buenes Airos tetra 12
Hemigrammus erythrozonus / Bleeding-heart tetra 3
Hemigrammus rodwayi 12
Hyphessobrycon spp 3-9
Leporinus friderici / Threespot leporinus 18
Moenkhausia oligolepsis / Glass tetra 15
Nannostomus spp 6
Nematobrycon palmeri / Emperor tetra 9
Paracheirodon axelrodi / Cardinal tetra 12
Paracheirodon innesi / Neon tetra 10
Prionobrama filigera / Glass bloodfin 12
Pristella maxillaris / X-ray tetra 8
Thayeria boehlkei / Blackline penguinfish 6

 

Cypriniformes

lifespan of cypriniformes

Name Years
Barbus spp 4-5
Boraras maculatus / Dwarf rasbora 6
Danio rerio / Zebra danio 2
Carassius auratus / Goldfish 30
Crossocheillus oblongus / Siamese flying fox 7
Danio aequipinnatus / Giant danio 9
Epalzeorhynchus bicolor / Redtail sharkminnow 18
Gyrinocheilus aymonieri / Siamese algae-eater 21
Rasbora einthovenii / Brilliant rasbora 11

 

Catfishes

lifespan of catfish

Name Years
Ancistrus dolicopterus / Bushymouth catfish 10
Aspidoras menezesi 3
Brochis splendens / Emerald catfish 13
Corydoras duplicareus 5
Corydoras leucomelas / False spotted catfish 6
Corydoras meyersi / Rust corydoras 13
Corydoras paleatus / Peppered corydoras 16
Corydoras paleatus albino 8
Corydoras rabauti / Rust corydoras 13
Dianema longibarbis / Porthole catfish 14
Pterygoplichtys gibbiceps / Leopard pleco 13
Pimelodus albofasciatus 10
Platydoras costatus / Raphael catfish 10
Synodontis flavitaeniatus / Orangestriped squeaker 20
Synodontis multimaculatus 26
Synodontis nigriventris / Blotched upsidedown catfish 13

 

Loaches

lifespan of loaches

Name Years
Botia lohachata / Reticulate loach 7
Botia macracanthus / Clown loach 24
Ambastaia sidthimunki / Dwarf botia 15
Pangio kuhlii / Coolie loach 17
Pangio shelfordii / Borneo loach 14

 

Killifish

lifespan of killifish

Name Years
Aphyosemion spp 3-7
Aplocheilus panchax / Blue panchax 3-4
Epiplatys dageti / Redchin panchax 2
Epiplatys fasciolatus / Redspotted panchax 5
Jordanella floridae / Flagfish 3
Pachypanchax playfairii / Golden panchax 5
Pterolebias longipinnis / Longfin killie 1
Rivulus spp 3-5
Roloffia occidentalis / Golden pheasant panchax 3-4
Terranatos dolichopterus / Saberfin killie 2

 

Livebearers

lifespan of livebearers

Name Years
Heterandria formosa / Least killifish 1,5
Lebistes reticulata / Guppy 9
Poecilia psp 2-3
Xenotoca eiseni / Redtail splitfin 5
Xiphophorus psp. 3-4

 

Labyrinth fish

lifespan of labyrinth fish

Name Years
Betta spp. 3-5
Colisa lalia / Dwarf gourami 3
Helostoma temminckii / Kissing gourami 15
Macropodus opercularis / Paradisefish 6
Trichogaster spp 8-10
Trichopsis vittatus / Croaking gourami 3-6

 

Cichlids

lifespan of cichlids

Name Years
Aequidens pulcher / Blue acara 6
Apistogramma spp 3-4
Astronotus ocellatus / Oscar 17
Badis badis / Badis 2
Amatitlania nigrofasciata / Convict cichlid 10
Hemichromis bimaculatus / Jewelfish 14
Labidochromis caeruleus / Blue streak hap 6
Pterophyllum scalare / Freshwater angelfish 10
Symphysodon discus / Discus (Discusvis) 8-12

 

Other species

misc

Name Years
Enneacanthus chaetodon / Blackbanded sunfish 8
Melanotaenia spp 8-10
Pantodon buchholzi / Freshwater butterflyfish 4
Polypterus ornatipinnis / Ornate bichir 30
Tetraodon fluviatilis / Green pufferfish 9
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One Comment »

  • Thanks for the information about the age of our fishes.

    I had a Platydoras costatus died at 28 years, in 2011.
    Fossorochromis rostratus and Sciaenochromis fryeri : died at 10 and 11 years.
    Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis, 5 years today.
    Cyprinus carpio (Koï): 21 years today
    Myxocyprinus asiaticus (in pond) : 17 years today

    Best regards from France,
    Christian

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