Top 10 Longest Living Fish In Aquarium

Aquarium fish are popular pets. Every owner wants his wards to feel comfortable and live long, as they say, and happily. But not all fish are destined for long life. 

List of the longest living fish in aquarium

Panak blackleaf

Panaque nigrolineatus is a beautiful bottom dweller with a bright, ornate coloration. These catfish can grow up to 50 cm in length in the natural environment, but in captivity rarely exceed 30 cm. Panak can please its owners not only with spectacular appearance and good activity, but also long life, because it can live up to 10 years.

Black Labeo

Black Morulius, or Labeo Labeo (Labeo chrysophekadion) – a large aquarium fish, whose length can be equal to 60 cm. The size of the fish, as well as the length of its life depends on compliance with the owner of the recommendations on the content of Labeo. The better the environmental conditions and larger the volume of the aquarium, the larger the fish will be. Its life expectancy varies from 4 to 10 years in captivity.


Metynnis are medium-sized gregarious fish. As a rule, in an aquarium, their length varies between 10 and 15 cm. Metynnis are fairly easy to keep, so maintaining optimum conditions for their life will not be difficult. Under comfortable conditions, these aquarium fish can live up to 10 years.

Piranha Nutterera

Piranhas (Serrasalminae) is a subfamily of fish that includes 15 genera and about 90 species. Not all piranhas are dangerous – some species are herbivorous. And predatory fish that are usually kept in aquariums, rather quickly lose their natural aggressiveness. The size of piranhas is 10-80 cm, and their life expectancy is about 10 years.

Haplochromis Livingston

Haplochromis Livingstonii (Nimbochromis livingstonii) belongs to the cichlove family. These fish have an average size, with males larger than females. The body length of males is about 25 cm, and females – 5 cm shorter. Livingston’s Haplochromis are predatory fish, but they behave peacefully in aquariums. To maintain peace and idyll, you should not keep 2 males in the same pond. Fish of this species live long enough – up to 10 years, provided they are well cared for.

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Young Shark Bala

Shark bala (Balantiocheilos melanopterus) has many other “names”, including “shark balu”, “shark barb”, “shark balatiocheilus”, “balatiocheilus blackfin”, “tricolor shark”, “silver shark”, “firetail barb”. In the aquarium, these fish grow to 35 cm. Given their size and the need for keeping a group of 5 individuals, shark balu recommended to keep a spacious aquarium (200 liters). Pisces of this species can delight caring owners for up to 10 years.

Young Shark Bala fish

 Black pacu

Pacu (Colossoma) – very large and long-living fish. Characteristic body size for these fish – 1 meter. When kept in aquariums, of course, they do not reach this size, but they are still very large – up to 60 cm in length, which requires a large space to keep. An aquarium with pacu should be a volume of at least 1000 liters. It is better to keep them in artificial ponds. Pacu lead a mostly peaceful life in the neighborhood with fish of suitable size and disposition and live up to 10 years.

Botia clownfish

Botia clownfish (Botia macracantha), like all boches, are long-lived fish that require a difficult social adaptation in a common aquarium. The size of these aquarium fish rarely exceeds 30 cm in length, and their life cycle is completed by 10-15 years.

Severum cichlazomys

Cichlasomes severum (Cichlasoma severum) are amazing fish. They are not only beautiful, but also have complex behavior. The most interesting is the mating season of the Severum. When there is a shortage of males, the females pair up with each other. One of them takes on the behavioral “duties” of the males, but unlike some other species of fish, the sex is not changed. Severum become sexually mature 2-3 years after birth, with a life span of 10-18 years.

Severum cichlazomys fish


The longest-living aquarium fish are man-bred goldfish (all varieties). With very good living conditions and a balanced diet these magnificent aquarium fish can live up to 30 years. However, the average lifespan of these fish – about 15-20 years, which is also a lot.

Scientists have been able to trace a pattern between the size of fish and their life expectancy. Longest live the largest species of fish (15 years or more), medium-sized fish also live quite a lot – 10-12 years, but the life cycle of small (less than 5 cm long) fish ends in 3-5 years after birth. The longest-living among the popular aquarium fish are cichlids and fish of the carp family.