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Old 06-19-2012, 06:07 PM
Location: Vermont, grew up in Colorado and California
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We have had a Yellow Caribean Damsel for 16 years now, got it when it was an adult, not sure how old it was when we got it.
Lives In a 55 gallon tank, it has had some company in the past come and go, it has the tank to it's self these days, happy as a clam. named it Buttons /spots on it.

What are your elderly Fish tales?

P.S. ***knock on wood hope I am not jynxing it by doing this.
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Old 06-20-2012, 05:13 AM
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Oh, I am so sorry that we family had never keep the fish alive for six months, so after I was ten, they never feed any.
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Old 06-20-2012, 06:42 PM
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I have a three year old guppy...which for an inbred pet store guppy is positively ancient. He looks as good as ever. Actually all of the fish in that tank are 3...mixed community of tetras, corys, rasboras, and guppies. My betta in a separate tank is going on five.

The only fish deaths I've ever had were within the guppy herd and I blame that on inbreeding weakening the strain (not my breeding...I only keep males.) Otherwise my fish have all been very healthy...I'm neurotic with my water changes and maintenance.

(I know 3 isn't an achievement, really, but so many lazy people think less than a year is a natural lifespan for fish because they don't take care of their tanks)
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Old 06-21-2012, 06:34 AM
Location: SWFL
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One 20 year old catfish.

One 12 year old pygmy catfish.

5 year old Betta.

7 year old guppies then interbreeding started to wreck havoc on them.

My late husband gave them all away except the deformed guppies, he let them die off because he knew he was dying and I did not care about them. He was obsessive about their care too.

Tetras seemed to be the fish that would die the quickest.
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:21 PM
Location: North Western NJ
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i lost my 24 yr old commet just before i moved...he was a big old fishy! (and thats realy not old for a goldfish, but his filter whent down during a por outage and yeah...:*(

and i currently have a 6yr old betta in with some glolight tetra who arnt much younger than him lol...
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:49 PM
Location: Dallas,Texas
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8 year old clown loach. Love those fish.
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:17 PM
Location: North Dakota
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4 year old upside down catfish. When he/she died he/she was the last orginal inhabitant of that tank.
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:30 PM
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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I had a goldfish over 6 years. I brought it ( with the tank ) to work and asked co-worker to feed it while I was on vacations.( of course I said how much and how often ). They overfeed it... the fish died 5 days before I came back.

This was a very funny fish... it used to happily swim around the tank, and didn't paid attention to anyone, even when I was sitting on the couch and doing something or watching TV, but so soon I started to eat something - it will stop swimming and just looked at me the entire time I was eating. I know, it sounds silly, but I had friends coming to my house to see it with their own eyes.
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Old 06-25-2012, 12:00 PM
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Over the years I've dismantled my tanks for a few years as I had children etc., and given away my fish. Finally now I'm at the point where I can keep my fish for as long as humanly possible. I dug a pond six years ago and have several goldfish that I've had since then. Indoors, my oldest tropical fish is a 5 year old gourami.
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:52 AM
Location: San Fran Bay Area
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I have a 7 year-old plecostomus named Pucker O.G. We got him as a wee babe and he's still kicking it.

My husband comically added on the "Original Gangsta" tag after we got a second pleco for our other fish tank (we started calling the second one Pucker by mistake). Unfortunately, Pucker eventually had to go back to the pet store because he really outgrew his 55-gallon tank. He was a little over 14 inches in length when we took him back!
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