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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