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Old 04-02-2004, 10:16 AM   #1
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Whats your longest lived fish??

I've only had my tank up since the fall, so I don't qualify. I did have a 55 gallon back in the late 70s-early 80s, set up while in high school. Tore them down when I joined the service. Had a Dwarf Lion, Domino Damsel and a Blue Damsel for 5 years+. But thats is.
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our oldest fish is over 8 years with us cuteface the bicolor blenny.
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Old 04-02-2004, 10:23 AM   #3
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The logest I've ever had one tank set up is about 5 years, I had a pair of pink skunk clowns in a previous tank for a couple of years that moved into that 5 year tank. When I tore it down I sold the clowns, have no idea if they are still artound or not, but I had them for 7 years.
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Old 04-02-2004, 10:23 AM   #4
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It was a fresh water tank, but I had a pleco for over 10 years. I actualy just lost him last year. I've kept angles upwards of 6 to 7 years in my FW tank as well. My current angle is now 3 or 4 years old I believe. My SW tank has only been up for 1.5 years and I haven't had as much luck with that. I had a Yellow tail for a year, but he also died recently.
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Old 04-02-2004, 11:44 AM   #5
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Hm... Of my current fish stock the oldest fish would probably be a blue devil damsel. Its going on 3 years since I got it from the LFS.
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Old 04-02-2004, 04:13 PM   #6
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Oldest fish....

Yup... a may have everyone beaten...twice!

Yellow tail damsel added to tank: Oct 30, 1993. 10yrs, 5 months. Still around.
Convict damsel added to tank: May 14, 1994. 9 yrs, 10 months. Still around.

BTW, these are the ONLY two fish in my tank. Convict is likely to go first as he seems to have a growing gill tumor. (but I said that over a year ago and he shows no sign of having any slowing down)

I'll be talking to the fish tonight and I'll let them know they've done pretty well. I expect they will be "happy", but they'll probably complain that things are like they were in the good old days....and that kids these days show no respect for their elders...
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Actually, lie to them, tell them everyone else has them beat, might encourage them to stick around that much longer.
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Old 04-03-2004, 11:53 AM   #8
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Emperator Angel & a Blue Face Angel purchased @ the same time. Lived together in a 90 gallon tank for 11 & 11.1 years.
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Wow!

I break the news to the fish...I guess they'll have to stick around a while longer!
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Well, in my current tank, the longest-lived (and only) fish is Butch, my little firefish. Got him for Christmas, which makes him a little over 3 months old now. Before that, in my bigger tank I had a snowflake eel that was a full year old before I sold him. The lady I bought him from said she had one that was over 15 years old. 8O
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