Animal Stories - Chinese Algae Eater

Animal-World Information about: Chinese Algae Eater

The Chinese Algae Eater is a workhorse when it comes to its job... eating algae!
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Anonymous - 2013-09-01
Mine was given a model tree and soon after it was put in the tank he dug a tunnel under and nearly came out. I kept it with Platys and he lived under his tree with one of the baby platys and never touched it.

missy - 2013-02-04
Mine is very aggressive in fact its almost 3yrs old and the only tank cleaner that is smart and fast enough to survive with my piranha

Anonymous - 2013-01-27
Now that i have read this i am scared. I have the golden version of this fish with my betta. Most of the time the get along well, but when my betta gets into one of his 'moods' he mostly chases the little guy. Sometimes the algae eater will seemingly fight back, he goes vertical and bats the betta with his tail.Does anyone think that the algae eater will ever make any super agressive moves or anything?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-27
    Could become an issue for the betta as the Algae Eater ages.  The betta is too slow of a swimming fish to be with this fish. 
sherri - 2013-01-02
I am new to this whole aquatic thing. I have a 29 gal. tank with a beta, an angelfish, 2 swordtails, 1 marble molly, a kissing fish, a suckerfish, and ol' mr.chinese algae eating. He swims around like a shark in my tank. I have gotten the veggie wafers and tried the raw zucchini thing. He is just super active/aggressive. I am thinking of taking him out if he doesn't mellow out. Any suggestions?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-02
    These fish can be very aggressive and sometimes needs to be seperated from the other fish.
John Ho - 2012-12-16
I had a 2 and a half inch CAE in my tank doing just fine! It does not act aggressive towards other fishes in my community tank unlike what u guys said. Well it does sometimes (max 2 times a month) chase fishes which i think it was playing with them because it does not really harm them. Anyway, i think it depends on your luck whether you chose the right and non aggressive CAE to put in your tank.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-12-16
    Yeah, if they become testy its usually with age. Sometimes new tankmates upsetting their home can trigger some meanness too. Sometimes they will stay mellow, but I have known many people who had their Chinese Algae Eater end up being very aggressive and start taking out the other fish. Glad you have a nice fellow!
Anonymous - 2012-11-11
I was wondering if it would be safe to get one for my Oscar fish?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-12
    Oscar will see this fish as a meal.
Fish Master - 2010-02-07
I would like to point out that Siamese Algae Eaters and Chinese Algae Eaters are two different breeds. Chinese Alage Eaters tend to become agressive while their Siamese cousins do not. Siamese Algae Eaters also tend to eat algae much better.

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  • Fishin\' for Worry - 2010-11-27
    Fish Master, do CAEs eat goldfish?
  • jamieladie - 2012-04-25
    I thought they were the same, that the two names were inter-exchangeable. If this is not true then how do you tell the difference? We are a novice couple. We have two, and I'm sure one is pregnant
  • jamieladie - 2012-04-26
    And now I am so sad because I found the one I thought to be pregnant dead. I was so excited too :(
Pinky - 2012-04-05
I have two in my 30 gallon tank with my guppies. They are really good they don't even try to eat the babies. They chase each other. One has a strip on both sides going from head to tail and the other one doesn't.

Sharlene - 2012-02-27
I bought 2 of these over the last few yrs. One I kept in my 30 gal with a goldfish that was HUGE! So Tigger did great with this fish because the goldy would get mean and tigger just sucked on him a bit to tell him he wasn't afraid. Tigger now lives with my mom and here is the big shocker -- He is in a 20 gal with guppies and other peacefuls but NEVER attacks. He is the sweetest funniest fish ever who plays with moms cats. Now the 2nd one I bought as it got bigger attacked a cat fish and that was it... I found him a home. But Tigger is still the best I've seen and a rarety. He seems happy in his 20 gal. I had sent him to mom to protect him from the ever growing goldfish till it found a new home. Tigger was too big to catch after that and so will stay at moms till he dies or gets aggressive, but still at nearly 9 in he is sweet.

Dorian - 2012-02-09
I have one of these little guys (golden) in my tiger barb tank. he is pretty aggressive... but I don't mind it since the tigers seem to do a good job at pissing him off.

I had a dead Tiger barb the other day, but I dont think it was the golden algae eaters fault. I believed he was a bit sick and was getting picked on by the Tigers. I will have to keep my eyes on him. He seems to do good with my Talking Catfish and my Red Tail Shark. He only seem to chase the Tigers around but thats cuz Striker (one of my tiger barbs) likes to push his luck with him.

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  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-09
    Chinese Algae Eaters, can be aggressive. However, I would really watch the fish in your aquarium, under these circumstances. If another fish dies, you may want to investigate if the Chinese Algae Eater is the culprit. In the meantime, enjoy your fish.