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Stephanie - 2008-08-13
I just got two chinese algae eaters and they are in the tank with other tropical community fish. I was reading that they get to be territorial when they get older and they will start to harass other fish in the tank. I just want to know how long could I have my fish before this starts to happen, because I don't want to get rid of the fish cuz I think they are so cool.

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  • ladyfrog - 2010-03-19
    We have had ours for about 4 months and we just had to flush one of our angels last night because we found it belly up at the bottom of the tank half alive. We weren't sure why at first until today our CAE had attached itself to our other Angel half killing it. They will become aggressive and they will kill community fish! Yes, they are great for cleaning the algae out of the tank but I'd rather have a little algae and living fish instead of dead fish and no algae! We are extremely disappointed with our local pet store for telling us that these CAE's are "great community fish". They've just killed our family's favorite fish. At present I'm watching our last Angel try its hardest to stay swimming upright, but I fear she will be flushed by the end of the day. So, I recommend putting them in separate tank if you wish to keep them and your other fish as well.
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Sagar Shiwakoti - 2008-08-12
I bought a pair of these as I had a heard a lot about them but as silver sharks. I am surprised to know that they are not real sharks!! They were just an inch and a half long but very promising. Now after a month, one has become bigger and other almost the same size. They look like mother and child together!! The bigger one ate the pellets from the beginning but I havent seen the smaller one eating till today. Their actions entice me. I have kept them with goldfish but they are the center of attraction. They have never given a problem till now whereas the albino I have chases the goldfishes.

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Sagar Shiwakoti - 2008-08-12
I bought these fish a month ago as I had heard their fighter-plane like properties.I bought them as silver sharks and they were just one and half inch long. Now I know that they are bala sharks. They looked very promising. They really showed their acrobatics and enticed all my students. But at present, one has grown almost to double (or more) the size and other is almost of the original size. They look like mother and child together!! The bigger one ate pellets from the beginning wheras I haven't seen the small one eating the pellets till today! Anyways, they are not less enchanting.
This is a great site as it gives a thorough knowledge about fishes. Morever, we can hear each other's comments and experiences about our pets. Kudos.

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Sagar Shiwakoti - 2008-08-12
I bought two balasharks of almost the samesize (about 1.5inches long) a month ago and kept them with some goldfishes and an albino shark. One started to eat the pellets from the first day whereas I havent seen the other taking till today. The one taking the pellets has grown bigger, more than double the size of the other, in just a month. Can it because of their eating habits only? The small one is also seen seeking for something in the pebbles though.

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R H - 2008-07-23
My danios will not court each other! They just are not interested! I am wondering what I can do!

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MM - 2008-07-23
I have two Giant Danios in a thirty gallon with other bigger and smaller fish. They constantly and aggressively chase the other fish in the tank. It doesn't seem like playing. It looks like constant pestering.

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Brian - 2008-07-06
I've noticed that the statement about the "fin nibbling" from these fish is true. I bought a school of 5 and have recently bought 2 more. I love watching them, they are a blast. However, right away they started nibbling at my angel fish. This has caused some major stress to my angel fish. To add to this statement in here, I recommend having a larger than 15 gallon tank if you want to share the tigar barbs with the community fish that have longer fins and move more slowly. I only have a 10 gallon tank which doesn't give the tiger barbs much room to be preoccupied with each other.

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alfie - 2008-07-04
my chinese algae eaters (4pcs) are all very aggressive! the love to hide, play and kill small fishes! LolZ! one thing bad about my CAE, they got so big! 8 inches long and so fat! i think they are crowded in an my 50 gallon tank!

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Kurt van Wyk - 2008-06-21
ALL CHINESE ALGAE EATER OWNERS BEWARE! If there is no algae for them to eat they will eat the slime off the other fish in the tank. This will cause the other fish fungal diseases such as hole in the head.

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Anonymous - 2008-05-17
I had one really big Chinese algae eater in my cichlid tank. It was so peaceful until it died a couple of days ago. I got four more little ones and they are so good at cleaning. They are really good fish and I recommend them to anyone.

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