View Full Version : how long can pleco live?

01-09-2011, 10:35 PM
I have had the same pleco from the first aquarium I started in 2000. It has lived through aquarium crashes, chlorine spikes, multiple moves, ammonia spikes and I am sure more.
The second longest fish was a gourami I bought at the same time but it died two months ago.

So, how long is the pleco able to live in captivity?

01-09-2011, 11:13 PM
20+ years is a good bet. Mine is at least 12 years now.

01-09-2011, 11:22 PM
Everything I see with a google search says around 15 yrs top end.Of course petco says 2 yrs with good care:hmm3grin2orange:Whoa,come to think of it my sailfin came from petco 5 yrs ago,,,,,,maybe hes a twilight plec.

01-10-2011, 04:40 AM
got to love petco's "requirement and care" cards... i honestly dont know first hand as my one pleco is only about 2 years old. like yours hes lived through everything and is quite bullet proof.

01-10-2011, 08:33 PM
Another funny petco "care" fact I've noticed while at work. They say the tarantulas can live about 10 years with proper care. Males typically live for about 2 and females for about 20, so I think they just averaged it :lol:.... I'm sure there's a few others that are escaping me at the moment, but I never trust those things. Supposedly a vet was consulted for all of them :rolleyes:.

01-10-2011, 08:36 PM
yea probably a horse vet lol.