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samkit - 2005-06-30
Al was about one inch long when I bought him, now he's about four and a half, I think (I'm bad at judging such things). Very shy, will swim and hide under the tree stump decoration. I have a small school of Neon Tetras in the tank as well and have had no problems between the species (that I've seen). Fin rot withered down Al's pectoral fins and added a split in the middle of his tail, but that doesn't seem to have bothered him. I've occasionally seen him stuck to the glass or nibbling algae growth off the outside of the tree stump, so he's doing his job. Even though he's so shy that I rarely see more than just his head in the entrance of the tree stump, I still think he's very beautiful and would definately add a Chinese Algae Eater to any future fish communities.

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Seamus Dempsey - 2005-06-14
I got my 3 bala sharks about a month ago in my 55 gallon. They were about 1/2 inches long. Now they are about 2 inches and they love to eat blood worms. They live with a raphael catfish, a male and female red tailed shark, five algae eaters, four blackskirted tetras, a small catfish, and a goldust molly.
I love my bala's and can't wait to watch them get big.

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anthony - 2005-06-04
I have had my Chinese Algae Eater for about 7months he has grown bigger with two other goldfish that I also keep in the tank. Although he has grown exceptionally big in this time frame he does well with the two goldfish. He use to try and eat the goldfish alive, but I drop algae wafers in the tank, which he enjoys. Most of the time he will start eating the wafer until the goldfish come over and start to eat it. I'm just glad he does not get aggressive towards them and tries to eat them again. I think since they've been together so long they have adapted to each other.

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Anonymous - 2005-05-25
What I thought was a peaceful fish was swimming around my tank yesterday with a little rummy-nosed tetra in his mouth!!! These fish are great, and fast!!! and remember to keep a lid on thier tank otherwise you will find out how high they can jump! Im hoping the little fish incident was a one off!

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margo - 2005-05-19
Thanks y'all. I just purchased a Chinese Algae Eater along with 4 goldfish for my pond. My pond is about 3' around and is made of concrete.

I released the fish in the pond yesterday but I couldn't find my Chinese Algae Eater (Hop Sing) today. I was worried because a turtle was in the pond. He's gone now but I thought he ate Hop Sing. But y'all make me feel better because I do have a cave in the pond and I did see Hop Sing going in and out of it yesterday. So I'm confident he's in there. He'll probably come out tonight. :)

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Cat - 2005-05-17
Yes, I just got rid of mine last night because it was eating my shark. Actually it was on my shark's back and eating him, yelk. They are pretty aggressive. I went to the fish store to find out what I can do and they said it could be because I have no Algae at all and to put some Algae wafers in the tank. I did but it didn't work, it almost killed my shark. Thanks

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Andre may 2005 - 2005-05-15
I have a bala shark that loves my 3 discus, 2 swordtails, 3 corys, pleco, kissing gourami, and frog. I called him Jason. he is about three inches long and eats almost anything. I got him at Christmas.

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Shaun Duffy - 2005-04-26
I have 2 sucking loaches, one i have had for 2 weeks and the other 2 monthes. My fish are nocturnal only coming out in the night where they feed on the algae. They love being in the castle and are peaceful to my other fish. But they are not friendly to each other.

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Karen and Jeff - 2005-04-23
We have had our bala shark for 5 years and it is now 11 inches long. He lives in a 135 gallon tank. He dominates this tank which has a few friends like the algae eaters, the tiger barbs, the wide mouth shark which is also 11 inches long. There are also a couple of ciclids and a parrot fish. The bala does get spooked very easily and sometimes hits the ends of the tank back and forth. Once, he even jumped out of the tank. Very entertaining to watch. Glad we have him.

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Richard Wallace - 2005-04-18
We have three tiger barbs in our 55 gallon aquarium. We did have 4, but one was a little bit smaller than the mouth of our knife fish. They are definately one of my favorites. They try to attack your hands while your cleaning out the tank and if you get one it is a good idea to get more than 1 because they will attack your other fish if they dont have partners.

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