Is my cardinal tetra fish getting old

FishOverseer909
  • #1
So I have a small school of cardinal tetras and I've noticed that my oldest one who I've had since I first started the hobby which was 5 years ago is starting to lose the color in his once thick red and bright blue stripe is he starting to pass or what?
 

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BigManAquatics
  • #2
Maybe not starting to pass exactly, but a lot of fish do tend to fade when they get older.
 

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LowConductivity
  • #3
Yep. Not out of the game, but definitely being handed their hats. I’ve got a group about the same age, with similar “symptoms”. But heck, 5 years for a cardinal has to be close to 280 in human years
 
Toothless17
  • #4
Yep. Not out of the game, but definitely being handed their hats. I’ve got a group about the same age, with similar “symptoms”. But heck, 5 years for a cardinal has to be close to 280 in human years
Interesting. My Cardinals are about 3 years old & they are now starting to pass away. My Glowlights & Rummy Noses are about the same age - in the same tank - and they are still all alive & kicking.
 
DoubleDutch
  • #5
I think it is on its end.
 
Hellfishguy
  • #6
Cardinals live only about a year in the wild; they considered annual fish like certain species of killies.
 

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