I'm stumped on this one. How long can aquarium fish live? I've had this big catfish in my tank going on nine years now, and the dang thing keeps truckin along. Of course, it's now going to croak immediately since I asked.
How Long Do Aquarium Fish Live?
Posted October 01 2004 - 5:50 PM
Posted October 01 2004 - 6:48 PM
Sorry- no catfish listed!
Top 20 Freshwater Fish
And Their Vital Statistics by: Dr. Amy Wolff
Length and life span will vary depending on tank conditions. Photo by Beth Bianculli
If you are interested in starting an aquarium, or expanding an old one, the number of choices of fish can be overwhelming. This guide profiles the 20 most popular freshwater fish. The life expectancy listed is the common life span of these fish in captivity. With diligence and good care, life spans can be greatly prolonged and your fish may readily exceed these life expectancies. Use this guide as a summary, then head to your local aquarium store.
Neon Tetra. Native to Peru, this little tetra is the most popular aquarium fish. They are a peaceful community fish that does best when kept in small schools of 3 to 5 members. They are easy to feed and will eat most flake foods. Size: approx. 1 inch - life span: up to 10 years.
Angelfish. Native to Central America, these stunning fish are easily identified by their long graceful fins and round bodies. They are a peaceful fish but will maintain a territory. They eat flake and live food and are not difficult to feed. Size: up to 6 inches - life span: up to 10 years.
Bettas. Native to Southeast Asia, these fish are kept for their spectacular display and color of fins in the male. Females are dark and drab by comparison. Males must be kept as solitary fish. However, several females can be kept in one tank. The small jars these fish typically occupy in stores are not adequate permanent housing and they do best in a larger community tank. Bettas eat live and flake foods. Size: up to 3 inches - life span: up to 5 years.
Kissing Gourami. Native to Thailand and Java, this fish is regarded as mostly peaceful. Their name is derived from the territorial disputes by the males who will lock mouths and give the appearance of kissing. This fish prefers a big tank with stones. This fish readily accepts flake and live foods. Size: 6-8 inches - life span: up to 5 years.
Fantail Guppy. Native to Central America, male guppies are known for their flashy, colorful tails. Females are plain by comparison. This fish tolerates almost any water condition and eats flake and live foods. Size: up to 3 inches - life span: up to 3 years.
Oscar. Native to South America, the Oscar is generally peaceful but has been known to eat tank mates of smaller size. Oscars can have quite a personality and can quickly recognize strangers. They prefer a tank constructed with rock ledges. This fish likes to dig so live plants will not last. Oscars prefer live food but will eat flakes if started when they're young. Size: up to 12 inches - life span: up to 10 years.
Mollies. Native to Central America, mollies are a peaceful community fish. Males are larger and have more prominent fins. Mollies are good algae eaters and prefer a tank with live plants. Mollies benefit from the addition of a little aquarium salt to the water, about 1 tablespoon/10 gallons of water and will eat flake and live foods. Size: up to 3 inches - life span: 1-2 years.
Zebra Danios. Native to Eastern India, danios are active swimmers and can bully other peaceful fish. Females are larger than the males and less colorful. Males have striking blue and silver stripes. These fish are easy to keep and tolerate a wide range of water conditions. They will eat flake and live foods. Size: up to 2 inches - life span: up to 5 years.
Jack Dempsey. Native to Guatemala and Honduras, the Jack Dempsey is an aggressive and territorial fish that is destructive in the aquarium. This fish prefers to have a hiding place and a clay pot on its side works well. Hearty eaters, they will accept a wide variety of live, flake and vegetable food. Size: up to 8 inches - life span: 5-7 years.
Swordtail Platy. Native to Mexico and Guatemala, this fish is probably the most peaceful community fish, often added for their bright red coloration. Males have an extended tail fin or "sword" that distinguishes it from the female. Platys tolerate a wide range of tank conditions and eat flake and vegetable foods. Size: up to 2 inches - life span: 1-2 years.
Plecostomus. Native to Brazil, plecostomus is one of a number of armor-plated catfish. Plecostomus are placid fish content to live alone. They will not harm other fish and are seldom bothered by others. These fish are active at night and prefer a dark place to hide during the day. They are vegetarians, kept commonly because they will eat algae. Size: up to 12 inches - life span: up to 10 years.
Rainbow Fish. Native to Australia and New Guinea, this is an active peaceful schooling fish best kept in numbers from 3 to 5. The males are distinguished from the female by their more intense coloration. They tolerate a wide variety of tank conditions and eat flake and live foods. Size: up to 3 inches - life span: 1-3 years.
Hatchet Fish. Native to Central and South America, this is a peaceful schooling fish that does best when kept in numbers of 5 to 10. These fish do not do well when kept as individuals. They are a shy species and startle easily, so sudden movements close to the tank may cause them to panic momentarily. They eat flake and live foods. Size: up to 3 inches - life span: 1-2 years.
Corydoras Catfish. Native to South America, this catfish is unlike some of their solitary cousins. The corydoras catfish swim in schools and like to perch in fast flowing water. They are active during the day and are efficient bottom feeders, keeping debris off the tank floor. They will eat anything that ends up on the floor of the tank. Size: 1.5-2 inches - life span: 1-3 years.
Cichlids. Represented by more than 950 species, cichlids are one of the largest families of fish. Native to Central America, South America and Africa, these fish can be found in many places and habitats, defying a single description of size and tank habit. Common types found in aquarium stores would include Jack Dempseys, Oscars, Firemouths, Acaras and Green Terrors. Depending on the species that appeals to you, tank requirements will vary.
Rasboras. Native to Southeast Asia and Thailand, this is a peaceful, easy-to-keep schooling fish best kept in numbers of 5 to 10. Keep rasboras with other gentle tank mates. They prefer both planted areas for cover and open areas for swimming. They eat flake and live food. Size: 2-7 inches - life span: 1-3 years.
Goldfish. The goldfish is native to China. In contrast to the tropical species, goldfish prefer cooler water so a mix of goldfish and tropical fish often causes problems. Either the goldfish are too warm or the tropicals are too cold. Goldfish are active diggers, so they can be destructive to plants. They will eat most anything offered. Size: 2-14 inches - life span: up to 15 years.
Tiger Barbs. Native to Indonesia, barbs are active schooling fish best kept in numbers from 3 to 5. This fish may harass other members of the tank and each other. Fin-nipping is common. Other barb species are more peaceful but the bright black tiger stripes of this species make it a colorful addition. Barbs eat flake and live foods. Size: up to 3 inches - life span: 1-3 years.
Clown Loach. Native to Indonesia and Borneo, the unusual appearance of the clown loach is one of its appealing features. Gold and black stripes with bright red tails add a lot of color to the aquarium. Loaches are active during the day and can be kept singly or in small groups. They will eat flake or live foods. Size: up to 6 inches - life span: 1-3 years.
Other popular freshwater fish include convicts, sharks, koi, silver dollars, piranha, pacu, knifefish and killifish.
Posted October 01 2004 - 8:55 PM
I've got fancytail guppies in my daughter's room. If they were human they'd all be on welfare. Baby machines I tell ya'!
on the good side of the grass.....
Posted October 02 2004 - 6:06 PM
I dunno what the limit is but I had a gold fish that lived for 17 years. I think it would have lived longer but it jumped out of the tank.
Posted October 02 2004 - 6:31 PM
According to the Forest Preserve District of Cook County (Illinois)
The max known lifespan of a catfish is 60 years!
Eel 55, Carp 47, Mosquitofish 2.
It really depends on the speicies and living conditions!
Posted August 17 2008 - 3:40 PM
Acctually person with goldfish
Goldfish live up to 90 years and thats only if you dont do something wrong
I have 2 kinds of catfish in my tank and the ghost catfish are like 1 year and half years old and the other one is a few months
Posted August 17 2008 - 3:45 PM
Armored Catfish - 7 to 15 years
Bala Shark - 10 years
Bandit Cory - 5 years
Banjo Cat - 7 to 15 years
Banjo Catfish - 5 to 8 years
Black Neon Tetra - 5 years
Black Phantom Tetra - 5 years
Black Shark - 4 to 10 years
Black Tetra - 5 years
Black Widow Tetra - 5 years
Blackfin Cory - 5+ years
Bleeding Heart Tetra - 5 years
Blindcave Fish - 5+ years
Bloodfin Tetra - 10+ years
Blue Gourami - 4 years
Boesman Rainbow - 5 years
Bronze Cory - 5 years
Bumble Bee Catfish - 5 to 8 years
Cardinal Tetra - 4 years
Cherry Barb - 5 to 7 years
Chocolate Gourami - 4 years
Clown Loach - 15+ years
Columbian Tetra - 5 years
Congo Tetra - 5 years
Convict - 10 to 18 years
Diamond Tetra - 5 years
Discus - 10 to 18 years
Dojo Loach - 10 years
Dwarf Gourami - 4 years
Emperor Tetra - 6 years
Festivum - 10+ years
Figure 8 Puffer - 5 years
Firemouth - 10 to 15 years
Frontosa - 8 to 15 years
Giant Danio - 5 to 7 years
Glass Catfish - 8 years
Glassfish - 8 years
Glowlight Tetra - 5 years
Goldfish - 10 to 30 years
Guppy - 3 to 5 years
Harlequin - 6 years
Hatchetfish - 5 years
Hog Nose Brochis - 10 years
Honey Gourami - 4 years
Jack Dempsey - 10 to 18 years
Jordan's Catfish - 10+ years
Killifish - 1 to 2 years
Kissing Gourami - 5 years
Lemon Tetra - 5 years
Leopard Danio - 5 to 7 years
Leporinus - 5+ years
Livingstoni - 10+ years
Midas Cichlid - 15+ years
Mollie - 4 years
Moonlight Gourami - 4 years
Neon Rainbow - 3 to 4 years
Neon Tetra - 5 to 10 years
Oscar - 10 to 18 years
Otocinclus - 5 years
Pacu - 10 years
Pearl Danio - 5 years
Pearl Gourami - 4 years
Pictus Catfish - 8 years
Piranha - 10 years
Platy - 3 to 5 years
Pleco - 7 to 15 years
Rafael Catfish - 7 to 15 years
Rainbow Shark - 4 to 10 years
Rams - 4 years
Rasboras - 5 to 10 years
Red Eye Tetra - 5 years
Red Rainbow - 5 years
Red Tailed Catfish - 15 years
Redtail Shark - 8 years
Rosy Barb - 5 years
Royal Pleco - 10+ years
Rummy Nose Tetra - 5 to 10 years
Rumy Nose Tetra - 5 years
Severum - 10 to 18 years
Silver Dollar - 10+ years
Silvertip Tetra - 5 years
Swordtails - 3 to 5 years
Texas Cichlid - 10+ years
Tiger Barb - 6 years
Tigerfish - 5 years
Tinfoild Barb - 10 years
Upside Down Catfish - 5 years
Weather Loach - 10 years
Whiptail - 10+ years
White Cloud Mountain Minnow - 5 to 7 years
Zebra Cichlid - 10+ years
Zebra Danio - 5 years
Posted August 17 2008 - 3:47 PM
In my house, about 2 days.
Posted August 17 2008 - 5:11 PM
I just put them in the toilet alive so when they die its one less step to complete.
Posted August 17 2008 - 5:16 PM
post a pic of it.
ive had fish last more than 10years. Oscars seem to live forever too.
Posted August 17 2008 - 7:25 PM
I bet the fish died 3 days after this thread was started.
Posted August 17 2008 - 8:13 PM
When I was in high school I bought a Tilapia that I kept for a year or two, then I gave it to a friend.
I saw the fish about 5 years ago and it was very healthy except the fact that it had developed cataracts. The fish was still alive a couple of years ago when I last asked about it.
I graduated in 87 so the fish lasted at least 20 years and it might still be going.