How Long Do Tropical Fish Live?

Ever wonder how long your fish will live? Think you are doing well with a neon tetra that has lived for 2 years or a plecostomus that has lived for 5 years? Well think again. Here is a list that includes some fish that are still alive! Thank-you Jeremy Gay of Practical Fish Keeping for putting this list together. And thanks to the people who have emailed me with their fish ages which I have added to this list.

If you have a fish that has lived in your aquarium for many years and is not listed below let me know by sending me an email to aquariumswest@shaw.ca and I will add it to the list.

Common Name

Scientific Name
Age in Years

Red Eye Tetra

Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae
5

Black phantom tetra

Hyphessobrycon megalopterus 5

Cherry barb

Puntius titteya 5

Swordtail

Xiphophorus hellerii 5

Sailfin molly

Poecilia velifera/latipinna 5

Arulius barb

Puntius tambraparnei 6

Tiger barb

Puntius tetrazona 6

Cardinal tetra

Paracheirodon axelrodi 6

Harlequin

Trigonostigma heteromorpha 6
Siamese Fighting Fish
Betta Splendens 6

Angelfish

Pterophyllum scalare 6

Blue Band Rasbora

Rasbora einthovenii 7

Golden barb

Puntius sachsi 7

Silver shark

Balantiocheilus melanopterus 8

Pearl gourami

Trichopterus leeri 8

Scissortail

Rasbora trilineana 8

Guppy

Poecilia reticulata 9
Buenos Aires Tetra
Hyphessobrycon anisitsi 9 (still alive!)

Giant danio

Devario aequipinnatus 9

Emperor tetra

Nematobrycon palmeri 9

Neon tetra

Paracheirodon innesi 10

Wild Discus

Symphysodon spp. 10

Black Skirt Tetra

Gymnocorymbus ternetzi 10

Silver Dollar

Metynnis argenteus 10

Congo tetra

Micralestes interruptus 10

Blue dolphin cichlid

Cyrtocara moorii 10

Boesmani rainbow

Melanotaenia boesmani 10

Bronze corydoras

Corydoras aeneus 11

White Cloud Mountain Minnow

Tanichthys albononubes 12

Firemouth cichlid

Thorichtys meeki 12

Kissing gourami

Helostoma temminckii 12

Red Rin Shark

Epalzeorhynchus frenatus 13

Buenos Aires tetra

Hyphessobrycon anisitsi ("Speedy")
13 (2000-2013)

Jack Dempsey

Rocio octofasciata 13

Tank bred discus

Symphysodon spp. 14

Clown barb

puntius everetti 15

Regal tang

Paracanthurus hepatus 15

Humbug damsel

Dascyllus melanurus 15

Zebra Pleco L46

Hypancistrus zebra 15

Yellow tail blue damsel

Chrysiptera parasema 15

Pygmy chain loach

Yasuhikotakia sidthimunki 15

Striped dora

Platydoras costatus 16

Black Chost Knifefish

Apteronotus albifrons 16

Kuhli Loach

Panagio kuhlii 17

Red rail black shark

Epalzeorhynchos bicolour 10

Frontosa cichlid

Cyphotilapia frontosa 20

Archerfish

Toxotes jaculatris 20

Featherfin cat

Synodontis eupterus 20

Brochis

Brochis splendens 20

Rosy barb

Puntius conchonius 20

Synodontis

Synodontis favitaeniatus 20

Corydoras

Corydoras zygatus 21
Red Oscar
Astronotus ocellatus 23

Clown Loach

Chromobotia macracanthus 24

Bristlenose catfish

Ancistrus 25

Red Tail catfish

Phractocephalus hemioliopterus 27

Common Pleco

Liposarcus pardalis 28

Ornatipinnis

Polypterus annectens 30

Pacu

Colossoma macropomum 31

African Lungfish

protopterus annectens 37

Goldfish

Carassius auratus 43

Japanese Koi

Cyprinus carpio 80
     
     
     
   
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

 

 

 

 

 

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