Through the years, the black spots has sort of enlarged and the fish
appears to be more “black” than “silver”. Playfulness has also
decreased as it use to move the gravels and PVC pipes around the
tank to merely staying at a corner and only occasionally flared its
gills when agitated.
many Central American Cichlids, it has Hole in Head Disease (HIDD)
but this does not seems to have any adverse effects.
After note : Recently, I happened to chance upon a past
issue of Practical Fishkeeping (Jan 2005) and there was an
article on "How long will your fish live?". The results as listed
are as follows :
Corydoras : 5 -11 years
Loaches : up to 12 years
Catfish : up to 10 years
Cichlids (Dwarfs & Apistogramma) : up to 3 years
Cichlids (CA and SA) : up to 9 years
Cichlids (African Rift) : up to 7 years.
Discus : up to 18 years
Cyprinids (Rasboras, Barbs & Danios) : up to 4 years
Cyprinids (Goldfish & Koi) : up to 20 years
Killifish : up to 3 years
Anabantoids : up to 7 years