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jconley
02-08-2007, 12:12 AM
Does any one know how long clowns live? I have a customer who has had three of them for 26 years! She has others that are 20y, 18 y,...etc.,etc. Her big ones are about 12".

ewurm
02-08-2007, 12:14 AM
That's about the peak as far as I know. They get to about 12".

jconley
02-08-2007, 12:16 AM
I forgot to mention that their bodies are about 2" thick and 4" tall!

Euge
02-08-2007, 5:39 AM
you have to get her to register on this site, then post loads of pics of her monsters. a 26 year old CL?!?!?! WOOOOOOOOOOOOO

is300zx
02-08-2007, 2:55 PM
Loaches online says they can live up to around 40 years. http://www.loaches.com/articles/information-posters

JD_MAN
02-08-2007, 3:12 PM
I have heard that CL can live up to 50 years, and get up to 14". But, haven't really heard of anyone who has actually had one this long, since tropical fish keeping wasn't as good 40+ years ago as it now.

I would love to see some pics of these guys, or if she doesn't have a camera she could just send me a couple of them. ;)

jconley
02-08-2007, 4:22 PM
lol ;) I'll get right on that.:D

Jesse
02-08-2007, 4:46 PM
I have a 12" clown loach. I have no idea how old it is though. I purchased it at 10" size a few years ago. Hopefully it will still be around for years to come and I'll need to include it in my will.

jconley
02-08-2007, 6:06 PM
I've seen some that were around 9"-10" and were about 8 years old. I would say size is not a deciding factor of age. I've already got a parrot(the bird not the fish) that some poor bastard is going to be stuck with when I die:D .

ewurm
02-08-2007, 8:14 PM
I have heard that CL can live up to 50 years, and get up to 14". But, haven't really heard of anyone who has actually had one this long, since tropical fish keeping wasn't as good 40+ years ago as it now.

I would love to see some pics of these guys, or if she doesn't have a camera she could just send me a couple of them. ;)

Don't contradict me! Let me live in my world of correctness! And I want to see the 26 year old loach too. I bet the average age of CL's at death is less than a year in the average aquarium.

jconley
02-09-2007, 12:33 AM
I will absolutely TRY to get some pics but it could take a while if at all.

adimeatatime
02-10-2007, 12:08 AM
It is nice to know that with good care a clown loach can live a very long time. :) I have 3 that are around 5.5 inches and I love to watch them mess around.

Zeppelin3k
02-10-2007, 4:02 PM
I have a 12" clown loach. I have no idea how old it is though. I purchased it at 10" size a few years ago. Hopefully it will still be around for years to come and I'll need to include it in my will.

:eek: post some pics of that pig!

bmxer4ever
02-10-2007, 6:39 PM
I've read about the 50 year lifespan somewhere as well, but I don't know if that's wild or captive....certainly makes you look at them in a different light, and take better care of them too! A fish for life! Weird to think you could keep one for all that time. Makes me more annoyed when I go into LFS and they havn't taken good care of their Clowns. I see too many with knifeback and it pisses me off cos' I know they're probably gonna die....

canevae
02-16-2007, 12:58 AM
Great loaches. I have three 5'' guys. I transferred them to a friend because I had to relocate my family. Keep a fish or a pet for fourty yeas is a great work.

ewurm
12-09-2007, 2:51 AM
I'll bump this for mei, she was interested in Clowns life span

Mystix212
12-09-2007, 3:54 AM
I've also heard of half a century life spans. I wouldnt put it past them.

jasonmac978
01-04-2008, 5:31 PM
I've read about the 50 year lifespan somewhere as well, but I don't know if that's wild or captive....certainly makes you look at them in a different light, and take better care of them too! A fish for life! Weird to think you could keep one for all that time. Makes me more annoyed when I go into LFS and they havn't taken good care of their Clowns. I see too many with knifeback and it pisses me off cos' I know they're probably gonna die....

Sweet loaches!!!

Stone Like Fish
01-05-2008, 7:28 AM
This thread is making me want clown loaches!! MUST RESIST AAAAAAAAAARGH

Lupin
01-06-2008, 8:08 AM
This thread is making me want clown loaches!! MUST RESIST AAAAAAAAAARGH
Is there any reason to resist them?:)

JD_MAN
01-06-2008, 10:57 AM
Yeah, just go buy some....and if you don't like them, then ship them to me. :)

fourty2
01-06-2008, 11:39 AM
I've had this pic on my computer for ages,never got rid of it,i downloaded it to show my sister how big they can grow,to put her off the idea of getting them,tank would not have been big enough for 1 let alone a pack of em....
Anyway i cant remember where i got it from,this is not my fish,apparently his name was 'fat Albert' and he was 14 years old, the pic was taken 2005...
hope the original poster don't mind me posting it....

coolkeith
01-07-2008, 3:00 AM
Unfortunately, Fat Albert passed away a few months ago. He'll be missed.

http://forums.loaches.com/viewtopic.php?t=10525

RIP Albert

coolkeith
01-07-2008, 3:03 AM
I will absolutely TRY to get some pics but it could take a while if at all.

It's been awhile. Have you had any luck with the pics?

Miles
01-07-2008, 8:47 AM
I read somewhere that 50 years and 20" isn't unusual, in the wild.. but looks like 12-14" is the max eh?

coolkeith
01-07-2008, 9:13 AM
The owner at my LFS claims he had some 18" clown loaches before. It's hard to doubt him, but I surely would like to see clowns that big.

JD_MAN
01-07-2008, 5:12 PM
I read somewhere that 50 years and 20" isn't unusual, in the wild.. but looks like 12-14" is the max eh?

Give me another 43 years and I will let you know. ;)

Gr8KarmaSF
01-07-2008, 5:22 PM
Give me another 43 years and I will let you know. ;)



:ROFL:

fourty2
01-08-2008, 4:06 PM
Unfortunately, Fat Albert passed away a few months ago. He'll be missed.

http://forums.loaches.com/viewtopic.php?t=10525

RIP Albert

poor Albert

jiapei
01-09-2008, 6:17 AM
i love CL.. but they grow really slow, and big ones are really expensive here.
small ones would be eaten by my aro, and my small tank is for dwarf cichlids..maybe my next tank would have some CL

back to the topic, i have seen a CL 10 years old, they grow up with the aro since a baby, very PHAT CL though..

kalimata
01-15-2015, 8:02 PM
I have two 20+ year old loaches. I came on this site to see how long they live. I've had aquariums all my life, but never have any fish lived through what these two have. I know you guys are going to fillet me, but I have had them in a 5 gallon tank all this time. I got them when I was young, they've been with me while dating my husband, then 20 years of marriage. I love these guys so I haven't wanted to move them from their tank because they seem to be doing ok. Strong, healthy, sometimes they click at eachother in the spring. But they are about 3 maybe 4 inches long, still rather small for what I know they can grow to. There have been frogs in their tank, Siamese fighting fish, invisible catfish, lots of bettas. It's been just the two of them for awhile lately. Now that I know they may live to be 50, I wonder if they are happy? I'd hate to move them and have them perish. Any suggestions?

888fish
01-15-2015, 8:13 PM
Pics, PLEASE!


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Arowana718
01-16-2015, 12:06 AM
I have two 20+ year old loaches. I came on this site to see how long they live. I've had aquariums all my life, but never have any fish lived through what these two have. I know you guys are going to fillet me, but I have had them in a 5 gallon tank all this time. I got them when I was young, they've been with me while dating my husband, then 20 years of marriage. I love these guys so I haven't wanted to move them from their tank because they seem to be doing ok. Strong, healthy, sometimes they click at eachother in the spring. But they are about 3 maybe 4 inches long, still rather small for what I know they can grow to. There have been frogs in their tank, Siamese fighting fish, invisible catfish, lots of bettas. It's been just the two of them for awhile lately. Now that I know they may live to be 50, I wonder if they are happy? I'd hate to move them and have them perish. Any suggestions?

20 yrs old in a 5 gallon and only 3-4 inches long? :confused: :banher:

Belly up
01-16-2015, 10:19 AM
kalimata, I suggest you change your user name and never talk about this again! lol

Seriously though, don`t they deserve better? Upgrade their tank and put this sad chapter behind you.

Arowana718
01-16-2015, 11:04 AM
some one is lying. A 20 yr old clown loach cant be only a few inches long in a five gallon. People just make a fool of themselves sometimes


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kalimata
01-16-2015, 1:40 PM
Nope. Not lying. But hey if you want to believe that, no worries. I know and my husband knows the truth. Not going to get defensive on a forum, just not worth it. And I only have one reason to be on here, I came here for solid advise from experts, expected a bit of flack but I kept them in the tank they have been in for kind and caring reasons. I don't want to just put them in a huge tank, it might overwhelm them. And yeah, no they are small still. When I looked up how big and how long they live, got pretty surprised. Only thing is I'm pretty sure they are zebra loaches and not clown loaches (still researching if that makes a difference) and it might be a six gallon tank. I am taking photos to post, so will do that sometime today. Any one who cares for fish should be happy they are healthy, well cared for (esp considering most fish die pretty early on) and seemingly content. Also good thing they are still small, a small tank will seem much bigger to a small fish. Less waste. Last thing is I will not take advise from anyone who is angry. Just no reason for it. These guys have a home and have had a home for 20 years. I haven't had money to spend on large tanks and specialty systems, I'll admit I got in it and didn't know what I was in for. But I stuck to it and was responsible enough to keep them healthy. And I still am. I will not just get a big tank and put these guys in it. This has been their home for 20 years and now that I may be able to upgrade comfortably I want to do it also responsibly. If this is a place for trolling, I will figure it out on my own.

kalimata
01-16-2015, 2:02 PM
So, what size tank would you suggest? Is 20 gallon ok? Are there other fish (that don't also live 50 years) that these guys will enjoy? I'm worried about one tank having a different bio than the next one. Keep in mind, if I put them in the new tank and they die it would be tragic. How to make sure both tanks are the same?

Arowana718
01-16-2015, 2:52 PM
I apologize for being rude. I can only assume its zebra loaches you have which okay for 5g bc they grow about 3-4 inch max. But tank is still too small. Just make sure ur ammonia and nitrite level is zero.

20g tank at least is fine. Petco has that dollar per gallon tank sale now. Just make sure ur tank is fully cycled before adding them in. If you don't know about cycling, google it. Its very important. Will kill your fish if u dont.

Clown loaches by their 20th yr will be about 10" big


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FunWow!
01-16-2015, 3:09 PM
I just want to know what there are cause damn that's a amazing life span !


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kalimata
01-16-2015, 3:58 PM
They are zebra loaches, sorry about the confusion. You can find a lot more info on clowns than zebras when you type in loaches. I thought they'd be about the same. I actually feel a lot better that they aren't ; ) It'll be easier to take a pic at night, they are kinda shy and hard to see. That is if anyone wants to see photos of 20 yo zebra loaches ; )

kalimata
01-16-2015, 4:07 PM
I do know about cycling, but I had two tanks for awhile and everything always lived in this one and the other tank didn't do as well. I assume it was that this tank is glass and the other was one of those formed plastic tanks. Anyone notice any difference in tanks, like one doing better than another? (Guess at this point I'm superstitious about moving them into another tank so I'm stalling by finding reasons not to move them ; )