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Posted 1/24/2007 2:16:09 PM
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I have had my black skirts for a year now, and the coworker who gave them to ( forced them upon) me said they were already 4 yrs old.  (or at least one of them was)  So they are 5 yrs old now....is that unusual?  How long do these guys live, anyway??
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Posted 1/24/2007 3:58:50 PM


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http://freshaquarium.about.com/cs/beginnerinfo/a/lifespan.htm has them listed at 5 years.... but read on.

While FreshAquarium.about.com is not a site that I normally recommend, it is one of the few I've found that have actually attempted to compile a list of fish lifespans.  They probably have the numbers on the low side and used some kind of median lifespan age since they have goldfish at 10-30 years.  All goldfish should live for more than 10 years and most should live closer to the 25-30 year mark.  Just like many Betta sites show 4-5 years but there are more and more cases of them living longer when people keep them in a proper set up.... a filtered and heated tank, instead of a quart sized bowl/vase.

Maybe I need to start a new thread here on how long fish live and update their list to show current numbers of "How Long SHOULD fish live?", rather than how long they do live due to the overstocking, poor water parameters and stunting that shortens their lives so often.

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I've had my Black Skirts for over six years, and they're as healthy as ever. Mine are more like "Gray Skirts," though, because these fish lose their intense black coloring as they age.

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Posted 1/25/2007 5:24:14 PM


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Hi,

May i know How big is your tetra now? I have this  6month old black skirt tetra that almost 2" in total lenght. Geeezuz, they eat like a hungry pig.

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I have a couple of Albino Buenos Aires Tetras and if they are any indication of the tetra species in general, they are all voracious eaters.  I swear mine look like they are a tarpon hitting the food on the top of the water and making a splash when they do.

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20 G Tropical:1 - Blue/Opaline Gouramis (3"), 2- AlbinoBuenos AiresTetras (2 1/2")

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