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Chinese Algae Eater
The Chinese Algae Eater is a workhorse when it comes to its job... eating algae!
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Kurt van Wyk
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.
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.
I have had several throughout the years. I have had good luck with them. I have noticed some agression, but nothing that would hurt my fish. I had all smaller fish too. One tank had Guppies, bettas, neon tetras, corydoras catfish, a red tailed shark, & 2 Algae eaters. The algae eaters did their job & when the algae was low I fed wafers. I fed Shrimp pellets to the corys & I noticed a few times they would eat them. They do grow really fast. I had one grow an inch in a very short time! I think they do better with bigger tanks, but I have had them in 10 gallon tanks before & they lived several years, but didnt get near as big as the others in my bigger tanks did.
These little fish are mean! I had one and not only did he kill off four of the other fish in my tank, he jumped out and managed to land under an electrical outlet. Talk about frightening! I won't clean under my tank stand anymore... I make my dad do it!
I would NOT suggest these fish for a small tank unless they are all you are going to be keeping.
I got 3 of them. They eat like madfish and they are very quick. 2 of them swim together and I found the 3rd dead about 2 weeks after I got them. I was on my way out the door when I saw it so I couldn't pull it out. I came back about 2 hours later and it had about 4 holes in the side of him. The definitely go carnivorous on each other even at a small size. Otherwise they are great fish to watch, and they go great with plants
A word to the wise: CAEs are terrible tank mates once they start getting comfortable in their new surroundings, especially for goldfish (which tend to be slow swimmers). I originally got mine (a golden) thinking it would help keep the tank cleaner. It did its job for the first two months, and then suddenly began getting more and more aggressive. I had to isolate him before he did any damage. They sure are pretty for an algae eater, but I'm afraid that's about all the good that I can say for them.
I've had a CAE for awhile now. I would really really not recommend them for anyone who cannot provide a separate living space when they get larger. They eat tons of algae when they are small but when they get older and larger their diets completely change mine now prefers "meatier" foods over algae or any other vegetable based food. And if you do plan on putting this fish with other species make sure it is fast enough to get away or it will be a snack to this guy/girl.
I have had a Chinese Algae eater for a couple of months now and I tntroduced him into an aquarium with my Betta (bad idea). The algae eater started out OK, but now he constantly attacks the Betta. It seems that wherever the Betta goes to hide, the algae eater seeks him out. Also, I keep my aquarium plenty warm but he does not seem to keep the tank very clean. I just cleaned it tonight and there was algae coated on everything.
My newly added fish ended up dead. I saw my Chinese algae eater attacking my small cat fish so realized that he is the problem. He was ok for about 5 months and then went on his killing spree of all new fish. Very bad.
The Siamese algae eater is in fact a totally different fish. More placid and generally well suited to a community unlike the chinese algae eater.