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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Dave - 2006-04-26
I have a little yellow suckerfish. He is cool. He is also very lazy, and my tank is rather dirty. I have had the grey ones before, but I liked the color of the little yellow guy, so I decided to buy him. he is very peaceful and just sits there sucking on things, not fish though, unless they are dead.

Andrew Garrah - 2006-04-23
i have had a ten gallon aquarium in my room for about a year now. i at one point had a betta, two gold gourami, nine neon tetras, and two chinese algae eaters. i only have the two algae eaters left and one tetra. i found the gouramis are very teritorial. how ever my one algae eaters, 'zig zag', has become very fat in the last two days after i cleaned the tank. the two seem to be courting. i dont know much about my tanks ph or temp levels as i just ran out of tests. they have been fending each other off of the area below a sunken log but from what other fish do i beleive i am about to have a tank full of little algea eaters.

Amber - 2006-04-03
My brother has a goldish brown colored Chinese with spots. He's pretty cool I thought. My tank was starting to get a little scummy. So I asked my brother if I could borrow him to clean my tank. That was the worst mistake ever. It ate 5 small/baby snails, 1 snail that was bigger than it was, baby guppies, and 2 ghost shrimp. Then it tried eating my black moor! And it was friends with the 2 black moors in my brothers tank. It tried even killing my dragon fish which is like at least an inch by now. probably longer. It's an evil psycho killer fish. And it tries to jump out of its tank. It jumped behind my brothers fish tank into a box of clothes when he was cleaning it. I think it's just his fish that's a killer psycho fish. My poor fish are now fine and the black moors fins are growing back. Which scared me to death. I wonder if he knows that I was right about it being a kiler psycho fish. So far he's laughed at me. But buyers beware for the ones who are mean!!

jacob - 2006-03-30
I have a Gold Gourami and two Chinese algae eaters. I used to have two Gold Gouramis but one of them died of Ick. I only had him for two days. Anyway, I just bought two Chinese algae eaters and im waiting to see what happens and how big they will grow. By the sounds of it they seem pretty aggressive and im kind of starting to change my mind about keeping them. But, i saw my Gold chasing the Chinese around. No nibbling on the fins yet. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens. Good luck!

Tracy - 2006-03-06
I have kept chinese algea eaters in numerous tanks over the years but until I had one in my 80 gallon tank I did not realize how large they grow. My brown female hit 6.5 inches before she died and my male golden is now almost 8 inches. I have found that their habit of going after their tank mates was only a problem in my smaller aquariums and even then only occasionally. My big guys seemed to get along fine together as long as they stayed out of each other's territory and I even caught my brown female trying to cuddle up to the golden male a couple of times. A very pretty fish and I enjoy them much more than plecos.

Ryan Scannell - 2006-02-07
Hey, i have the biggest algae eater in the world. he was given to me by a friend. take a guess how big he is, 22 INCHES LONG! no joke. he has no aggressive behaivor what so ever. it gets pretty tough to get him out of the tank to clean it!

jj - 2006-02-07
I have 2 alage eaters. iv had them only for a month or two but i think they are great. they are really fun to watch too.

renee - 2006-01-17
I've had a small Chinese algae eater (@ 1&1/2inch) in my tank for two weeks. She was getting quite efficient after adjusting, but by the end of the first week I noticed she was also nipping at the larger Shubunkins (2), most especially the female. The Shubus are peaceful and just dodged her. But when I noticed after 12 days that the female's "flipper" fin was almost completely gone I immediately went on the net hunt. Apparently CAE's don't always wait to get aggressive, and now I have a "Nemo" with a lucky fin. Dodger goes back to be traded for something less interactive--lovely fish, but can be deadly!!

oz - 2005-11-14
I have two adults (one is just touching 7 inches!! yup 7) and two smaller ones in a large well planted tank with plenty of hiding places. They seem more than happy with each other and other tank mates. Great at keeping the algea under control and fun to watch. Strangely attractive fish really, I wouldn't be with out them.

Brett Woofter - 2005-10-28
they do a much better job of cleaning than Plecos, in my experience