Animal Stories - Chinese Algae Eater


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The Chinese Algae Eater is a workhorse when it comes to its job... eating algae!
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Lori Tedesco - 2011-06-01
My hubby bought each of our larger aquariums one of these lovely gems when they were small. His tank had tetras and danios and various fish; my 55 gallon had (and still has) fancy guppies that I have been breeding for a long time, and I mean FANCY. WELL... these stupid creatures are huge and both tanks would have entire fish disappear in hours, babies, adults, you name it. Horrible. He had just added some really cute new fish to his tank (thankfully they are peaceful community fish that now live in my tank), and only 2 hours later one was found with its innards consumed!!! I went to the pet store with my suspicions and was told exactly what I thought. When they are large -- and mine are a foot long each now -- they feast on fish and shun the algae wafers and algae, and suck on the slime of the fish and then attack, devouring the whole fish. I was told they can adopt these horrid creatures out for me, but honestly, I'd like to catch them and toss them out into the yard. In the meantime, I moved all of the peaceful community fish from the other tank into mine after catching the horrible beast in my tank, and that took 40 minutes, and put it in my husbands tank. They can contend with each other at this point. Horrid, horrid fish. I got a little 2 inch bottom feeder that doesn't grow any larger and doesn't attack fish and it's amazing how different the tank is behaving today.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-01
    Is it OK to ask which tank your hubby is in? lol
  • Lori Tedesco - 2011-06-03
    LOL He's still free and clear. He had no idea that he bought the CAE's. Petco sold him both, saying they were "great algae eaters" and until I spoke to the lady who now runs the aquarium section recently, I think the people there were clueless. The tanks are now clean, their fish are actually alive, and she new exactly what I had and had nothing nice to say about them herself. She advised getting them completely out of the tanks and offered to adopt them out at the store. When I showed her how different mine were than the Siamese ones she had there, she looked horrified.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-03
    Well, I am glad your hubby is well. I thought maybe you put him in one of the tanks. Thanks for the warning though cuz I bet a lot of people don't know this.
  • needabottomfeeder - 2011-08-30
    Hi, may I ask the name of the new bottom feeder you have as I need one bad!

    Thanks, KC.
  • Anonymous - 2011-11-29
    So what your saying is that the 2 I have in my little 20 gal tank will one day stop being so nice and peaceful and start consuming the other fish in the tank... crap. They were doing such a great job of keeping the place clean.
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Mary - 2012-01-05
Up until today I had had one for about 10 yrs..but he/she passed today..it would play with marbles on the tank floor...it would push one marble at a time across the gravel and line them all up and then start again at the beginning of the line up and take the first marble in line and push it all the way around the tank to the back of the line and start over with the next marble in line...lol...my daughter bought it and when she moved out of town I took her tank...so anyway...I was looking up to see if there was any info on how long the average life span of a CAE is but found none...so just thought Id mention how long this one had lived ...I dont know if 10 yrs is unusual or not...I read another post here that stated they had one that was 12 but no, they don't that long..that's some other type of fish entirely...

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Melissa - 2011-12-26
My brother and I each bought one of these fishes, and right from the start I observed my Chinese algae eater harassing its tank mates, while the individual that my brother bought never bothered anyone... Despite this, I have kept mine for about 6 months now with comets, guppies, and swordtails without any disappearances or casualties. From time to time though some of the fish will have small nips in their fins.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-27
    Different types of fish have different personalities but each fish has it's own personality. Sounds like yours wants to make sure everyone knows he is the top dog.
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kaitlyn verdin - 2011-12-04
they work so fast its the only sucker fish that i get to clean my tank

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  • Alex Burleson - 2011-12-04
    They are exciting fish to have in an aquarium!
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heather - 2011-03-17
I made the mistake of buying two of these fishes, the store said they would be fine in my community tank, over the last 2 days I have had all of my fish turn up dead. I don't want these things anymore and was wondering if they could survive in my grandmothers outside pool? I want to be able to own fish again.

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  • jimmy - 2011-06-10
    Hi, I have 2 algae eaters. Each in their own tank with a female betta. The one algae stays on the bottom of the tank and the younger sits on plant leaves on top of the water. Part of the fish is out side of the water. This one swims next to the female betta like it has the hots for her. The other algae eater in the other tank stays away from the other female betta in that tank. Both tanks have pump water and same types of plants. I do not know it they are female or male AE's
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Tiffany - 2011-05-05
I have 2 of these, one grey and black (2 in) and one golden (1.5 in). They live happily with my 4 red belly piranhas in a 55 gal. They seem to like a diet of algae and the meat left overs from the piranhas. They just had close to 50 fry, which was a little bit of a shocker to see a bunch of stuff floating in the water and then realizing they were fry. lol.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-05
    Sounds like you are having fun.
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Jeremy - 2011-03-26
I have one, I'm almost positive it has something inside of it. Maybe some sort of worm or parasite. Though I am not 100% positive. It may be the intestinal tract movements are just very noticeable. If it is a parasite I would like to probably replace with a regular good nature pleco. It seems that a lot of people experience a sort of bloating with this fish. Although it appears to be large, I want to attribute this to it's rapid growth in the past two weeks and it does not have raised scales as would be expected with stomach dropsy.

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Tony - 2011-02-15
I recently purchased a small CAE. The tank is a 55 gal. It is only populated with 2 black mollies and the CAE at this time. The CAE has me a bit nervous. It seems to flop about more than swim, it will bury itself in the substrata and stay there head in the substrata wiggling about for some time. Does this seem normal to you other CAE owners, or should I be concerned about my fish's health?

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Lithium - 2011-02-05
I have a CAE that I'm sure is pregnant and I can't seem to find anyone who knows how long these fish stay pregnant. I have a feeling that she's having trouble passing the eggs can anyone tell me how long they stay pregnant for?

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WN - 2011-01-16
This fish eats slime coats end of story.
Just ask my dead Silver Dollars...

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