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Lifespans of over 150 tropical fish and inverts
By: Bunny Oshinsky


 

While this chart doesn't read as an article, I thought it would present best as a big, easy-to-read/search list posted in the articles section. Each fish's lifespan was vetted against no less than 3 to 4 resources, some as many as 6+. Note: There is a fish listed under the "Miscellaneous Fish and Inverts" section named Sawbwa resplendens that needs to have a single common name decided on (scientists haven't decided whether it's a barb, a danio, a rasbora or it's own classification, so I've placed it here.)

 
Cichlids
Common Name Scientific Name Lifespan in years
Auratus Melanochromis auratus 9--10
Angelfish Pterophyllum scalare 10--15
Apistogramma Apistogramma cacatuoides 4--5
Convict Amatitlania nigrofasciata 10--20
Discus Symphysodon aequifasciata 10--18
Festivum Mesonauta festivus 5--8
Firemouth Thorichthys meeki 10--15
Flower Horn Fish Hybrid species 10--12
Frontosa Cyphotilapia frontosa 8--15
Green Terror Aequidens rivulatus 10--11
Jack Dempsey Rocio octofasciata 10--18
Kribensis Pelvicachromis pulcher 5--8
Lemon Cichlid Neolamprologus leleupi 8--10
Livingstoni Cichlid Nimbochromis livingstonii 10--12
Midas Cichlid Amphilophus Citrinellus 12--15
Oscar Astronotus ocellatus 10--18
Ram Mikrogeophagus ramirezi 3--5
Texas Cichlid Herichthys cyanoguttatus 10--15
Severum Heros efasciatus 5--12
Wimple Fish Heniochus Acuminnatus 5+
Zebra Cichlid Metriaclima callainos 10+
Livebearers
Common Name Scientific Name Lifespan in years
Anableps Anableps anableps 6+
Elegant poeciliid, Tiger Teddy Neoheterandria elegans 3+
Molly Poecilia latipinna 3--5
Guppy Poecilia reticulata 3--5
Platy Xiphorphorus maculatus 3--5
Swordtail Xiphorphorus hellerii 3--5
Tetras
Common Name Scientific Name Lifespan in years
Banded Leporinus Leporinus fasciatus 5--10
Black-Finned Pacu Colossoma macropomum 10--25
Black Neon Tetra Hyphessobrycon herbertaxelrodi 5--10
Black Phantom Tetra Hyphessobrycon megalopterus 3--5
Blackskirt (Goldskirt) Tetra Gymnocorymbus ternetzi 3--5
Bleeding Heart Tetra Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma 3--5
Blind Cave Fish (Mexican Tetra) Astyanax mexicanus 5--10
Cardinal Tetra Paracheirodon axelrodi 4--5
Columbian Tetra Hyphessobrycon columbianus 3--5
Congo Tetra Phenacogrammus interruptus 5--12
Diamond Tetra Moenkhausia pittieri 3--5
Ember Tetra Hyphessobrycon amadae 2--5
Emperor Tetra Nematobrycon palmeri 5--6
Glass Bloodfin Tetra Prionobrama filigera 10--11
Glowlight Tetra Hemigrammus erthrozonus 2--5
Indian Glass Tetra Parambassis ranga 5--8
Lemon Tetra Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis 4--5
Marbled Hatchet Carnegiella strigata 4--5
Neon Tetra Paracheirodon innesi 5--10
Penguin Fish Thayeria boehlkei 5--8
Pristella Tetra Pristella maxillaris 4--5
Red-Bellied Piranha Pygocentrus nattereri 8--10
Red Eye Tetra Moenkhausia sanctaefilomenae 5--8
Rummy Nose Tetra Hemigrammus rhodostomus 3--5
Serpae Tetra Hyphessobrycon serpae 5--7
Silver Dollar Metynnis argenteus 10--11
Silver Pacu Colossoma brachypomus 10--18
Silvertip Tetra Hasemania nana 3--5
Yellow Tetra Hyphessobrycon bifasciatus 3--5
Barbs, Danios and Rasboras
Common Name Scientific Name Lifespan in years
Arulius Barb Puntius arulius 4--8
Bala Shark Puntius denisoni 4--10
Celestial Pearl Danio Celestichthys margaritatus 2--6
Chinese Algae Eater Gyrinocheilus aymonieri 5--15
Cherry Barb Puntius titteya 5--7
Denison Barb, Red Line Torpedo Barb Puntius denisonii 5--7
Filament Barb Puntius filamentosus 5--8
Giant Danio Devario aequipinnatus 5--7
Glowlight Danio Danio choprai 3--7
Gold Barb Puntius semifasciolatus 4--8
Golden Zebra Danio Danio rerio 2--7
Gold Ring Danio Danio tinwini 2--5
Harlequin Rasbora Trigonostigma heteromorpha 2--5
Leopard Danio Danio frankei 5--7
Pearl Danio Danio albolineatus 5--7
Purple Passion Danio (Rose Danio) Danio roseus 2--4
Red-Finned Shark (Rainbow Shark) Epalzeorhynchos frenatum 4--10
Red-Tailed Black Shark Epalzeorhynchos bicolor 4--10
Rosy Barb Puntius conchonius 5--7
Siamese Algae Eater Crossocheilus siamensis 6--10
Snakeskin Barb Puntius rhomboocellatus 3--8
Tiger Barb Puntius tetrazona 5--7
Tinfoil Barb Barbonymus schwanenfeldii 8--10
White Cloud Tanichthys albonubes 5--7
Zebra Danio Danio rerio 5--7
Goldfish
Common Name Scientific Name Lifespan in years
Black Moor Carassius auratus auratus 6--20
Bubble Eye Carassius auratus auratus 5--10
Comet (“Feeder Goldfish”) Carassius auratus auratus 10--25
Celestial Carassius auratus auratus 5--10
Fantail Carassius auratus auratus 10--20
Koi Cyprinus carpio 9--45
Lionhead Carassius auratus auratus 5--15
Oranda Carassius auratus auratus 15--25
Pearlscale Carassius auratus auratus 15--25
Pom-Pom Carassius auratus auratus 6--15
Ranchu Carassius auratus auratus 6--10
Ryukin Carassius auratus auratus 10--20
Shubunkin Carassius auratus auratus 10--25
Telescope Carassius auratus auratus 10--25
Veiltail Carassius auratus auratus 10--20
Wakin Carassius auratus auratus 10--20
Anabantids
Common Name Scientific Name Lifespan in years
Chocolate Gourami Sphaerichthys osphromenoides 2--4
Betta Betta splendens 2--8
Dwarf Gourami Colisa lalia 4--5
Honey Gourami Colisa chuna, Colisa sota 4--8
Kissing Gourami Helostoma temmincki 4--8
Pearl Gourami Trichogaster leeri 4--5
Powder Blue Gourami Colisa lalia 3--4
Sparkling Gourami Trichopsis pumila 3--7
Loach
Common Name Scientific Name Lifespan in years
Clown Loach Chromobotia macracanthus 10--15
Dojo, Weather Loach Misgurnus anguillicaudatus 10--15
Kuhli Loach Pangio kuhlii 8--15
Rainbows
Common Name Scientific Name Lifespan in years
Axelrodi Rainbow Melantaenia herbertaxelrodi 3--5
Boesmani Rainbow Melantaenia boesemani 4--5
Dwarf Neon Rainbowfish Melanotaenia praecox 3--5
Lake Kutubu Rainbowfish (Turquoise Rainbow) Melanotaenia lacustris 3--8
Lake Wanam Rainbowfish Glossolepis wanamensis 5--6
Red Irian Rainbowfish Glossolepis incisis 5--8
Catfish
Common Name Scientific Name Lifespan in years
Adolfo's Cory Corydoras adolfoi 3--5
Adonis-L155 Pleco Acanthicus adonis 5--16
Anchor Catfish Hara jerdoni 5--6
Banjo Catfish Acanthobunocephalus nicoi 5--15
Blackfin Cory Corydoras leucomelas 3--5
Bronze Catfish Corydoras aeneus 5--10
Bugeye Squeaker Synodontis contracta 11--20
Common Pleco Hypostomus plecostomus 10--15
Debauwi Catfish Pareutropius debauwi 8
Domino Synodontis Synodontis notatus 8--12
Featherfin Squeaker Synodontis euptera 10--18
Hognose Brochis Brochis multiradiatus 4--10
Jordan's Catfish Arius seemani 10
Otocinclus cat Otocinculus sp. 3--7
Pictus Cat Pimelodus pictus 8--9
Raphael Catfish Platydoras armatulus 7--15
Red-Tailed Catfish Phractocephalus hemioliopterus 15
Royal Pleco Panaque nigrolineatus 10--15
Twig Catfish Farlowella acus 8--15
Twig Catfish Farlowella vittata 8--15
Whiptail Pleco Rineloricaria fallax 10--15
Miscellaneous Species and Inverts
Common Name Scientific Name Lifespan in years
African Clawed Frog Xenopus laevis 5--15
Ajolte, Axolotl, Mexican Salamander, Mudpuppy Ambystoma mexicanum 10--15
Amano Algae Eating Shrimp Caridina multidentata (Cardina japonica) 2--3
Arowana (Silver) Osteoglossum bicirrhosum 10--20
Banded Archerfish Toxotes jaculatrix 5--10
Black Banded Leporinus Leporinus fasciatus 7--10
Dracula Goby Stongobiops dracula 2--5
Dragon Goby, Dragon Fish Gobioides broussonnetii 5--8
Dwarf Puffer Carinotetraodon travancoricus 5--10
Ghost Shrimp Palaeomonetes species 1--2
Mono, Silver Mono, Silver Moonfish, Silver Moony Monodactylus argenteus 7--10
Peacock Gudgeon Tateurndina ocellicauda 3--5
Rainbow Snakehead Channa bleheri 8--12
Red Claw Crab Perisesarma bidens 2--4
Sawbwa resplendens Asian Rummynose Burmese Rammy Nose Burmese Rummynose Naked Microrasbora Rummynose Rasbora Rummy Nose Rasbora
Sawbwa Barb
3--5
Striped Headstander Anostomus anostomus 3--8

 

 

 

 

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