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Old 06-10-2013, 07:54 PM   #1
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What would you say the average life span?

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I have a community tank so the fish are species like: rasboras, tetras, gourami, mollies and platies. I also have a couple of coreys and some cherry barbs. All in all, these are smaller fish. What would you say the average life span is for most of these fish? I was guessing around a couple of years, but I know my rasboras are at least that, maybe older. I recently lost a balloon belly molly though and someone mentioned that they only have a life span of 1.5-2 yrs.

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Old 06-10-2013, 09:06 PM   #2
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Fish have very differing lifespans. Live bearers typically live only a year or two but tetras can often live 5-8 years, depending on the species. Some corydoras can live 15+ years, while other fish can easily live 20-30+ years in the right conditions. My point being it just completely depends on the individual species (and if course how good their living conditions are). Sometimes I think some of my fish might outlive me!
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You can google it. The information is out there. I googled my tank and the majority will live around 5 years, but my yoyo's will live to 20.
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Interesting that live bearers seem to have a shorter life span. I knew plecos could live a long time, but wasn't sure about the others.
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Hi Everyone,

I have a community tank so the fish are species like: rasboras, tetras, gourami, mollies and platies. I also have a couple of coreys and some cherry barbs. All in all, these are smaller fish. What would you say the average life span is for most of these fish? I was guessing around a couple of years, but I know my rasboras are at least that, maybe older. I recently lost a balloon belly molly though and someone mentioned that they only have a life span of 1.5-2 yrs.

What do you think?

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Hello Dream...

I've kept or currently keep some of the fish you've listed. In the best of conditions, I'd get a couple of years tops from them, a year is about average. The Corydoras are a different story. They can live for a dozen years or more if well taken care of. I have some Corys that are past 5 years and they still look lively as ever.

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Hello Dream...

I've kept or currently keep some of the fish you've listed. In the best of conditions, I'd get a couple of years tops from them, a year is about average. The Corydoras are a different story. They can live for a dozen years or more if well taken care of. I have some Corys that are past 5 years and they still look lively as ever.

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My Harlequin Rasboras are at least two years old, and a Cory that I've had with them. I'll be sad when my Rasboras go...I bought a teeny tiny little Cory and it's so fun to watch them grow. It's about 3 times the size when I got him/her.
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