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Chen Shao - 2004-06-29
I have 2 Chinese Algae eaters, they are very cool fish. They hide in the most unsuspecting places. Sometimes you think they just disappeared. It is ok though. At night tiptoe to your tank, you should see your "missing" fish right there in the tank. Because they like to hide in tiny crevices, when they go missing take out the filter and check between the body of the filter and the motor housing. That tiny gap is enough for a fish to sneak into. Also sometimes they swim right up into the filter when the motor housing becomes loose and they find their way in and get STUCK.

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Marcus Hargreaves - 2004-06-10
CAUTION : These fish are argrssive i have 12 in a 600L tank, with other fish species, they have physically harmed my other fish by beating/eating them until they die!:o even if the fish are TWICE as big as them. They are beautiful fish but in larger schools their behavor is brutal and lethal.

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Sheila - 2004-05-23
My Chinese Alga hardly noticable. He stays near the bottom most the time and feeds off the debris. I had two, but have not seen the other one in some time. Who knows what happened to him????????

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narco - 2004-05-21
Tiger barbs are cute and lovely fishes although i have to get rid of them in my tank for they always nip on my other fishes which caused them death so i have to get rid of them and evacuate them to a smaller tank which eventually leave them biting each other and caused them death...

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Matt - 2004-05-18
I just wanted to add my comments to this - I had a Chinese Algae eater for forever - just died recently - I think of old age. It was at least 6 years old and it grew to be a lot bigger than normally seen (around 6.5-7.0 inches). It was a really cool fish, practically indestructible, but it was extremely territorial. I kept it with cichlids so they held their own. But it was a moody little SOB, would rearrange its tank if the plants and cave werent in the right spot, etc. I would suggest that you have some sort of cave or hiding place for them as mine liked to hide until nighttime.

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carl - 2004-05-17
Surprisingly active but peaceful fish. Mixed in a school of regular tiger barbs and albino, they pay no attention to the other fish in the aquarium. I have a total of 9 tiger barbs and they stick close to each other

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Steven Lammie - 2004-05-01
These are truly beautiful fish! some are metalic green and others are really dark blue! As they are a different colour variety of tiger barb, they will shoal quite happily with normal tiger barbs and albino tiger barbs. When these fish are sexually mature, the males will show off to each other and their fins errect and show beautiful colouration, they scrap a bit to gain higher ranks in the shoal. In the community aquarium, it is best to keep at least 8 tiger barbs, so they will quarrel amongst themselves and will not bother other tank mates as much.

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Jesse Joseph - 2004-04-17
I love this fish. It is so energetic. I love the way it darts around the tank really fast. And it never tries to eat any of my other fish. Mine is only about 3 inches long, so it is still a baby.

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Angel - 2004-04-16
Hello, I also purchased Tin Foil Barbs after Christmas, without knowing the full truth of these beasts!!! I love mine, they are so BEAUTIFUL. Just like a 2 yr old i sit there and watch them swim from one end of the tank to the other a second apart counting one, two, three.....fourfive@!! hee ehee I had no idea they would grow to be so large, the pet shop didnt instruct me on this. So now i have these beauties and they are very entertaining, and i have to decide how to keep moving them to bigger tanks. i agree they need huge tanks. Angel

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Emily Dickow - 2004-04-13
Greetings! I love my tin foil barbs. I have 2 of them in a 55-gallon tank with some cory cats, a pleco, clown loaches and two kribensis. They are now 14 years old, and I am on my third fish tank (55-gallon). I now believe this tank is also too small for them, as they are nearly a foot long each. I bought them when I was much younger, before I did anything like fish research, and I got no warning from the pet store that they would grow so very large! Had I known then what I know now, I do not know that I would have gotten the same fish! They eat everything in sight (live plants are a fantasy to me, as they ate an aquarium full). I cannot get any new fish, as they eat them. Algae is a problem, as any otocinclus I attempt to put in the tank are usually eaten within one week. They constantly harassed the snails, as well, so now they will just have to make do with the lazy pleco. They are incredibly hardy fish - one even took a late night sail out of the aquarium and flopped on the floor for a while before being scooped up and dumped back in. As that was nearly 11 years ago, I am not anticipating he will have any long term difficulties from it! The people at the aquarium said they can live up to 30 years in captivity, so if you keep them right, you will have them a VERY long time! Just be sure you GET A BIG TANK!

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