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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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

tashfiqfarjad - 2005-10-19
this fish is great. mine are 4years old and are 4 inches. They share the tank with 6 goldfish and they never fight. But sometimes they bite the goldfish. Sometimes they try jumping of the aquarium, so keep it closed. They are going to keep my aquarium clean. Great fish, just keep 1 when they are big. tasfiq october 19 2005

Patricia Ramirez - 2005-10-15
I have had chinese algae eaters in my tank, but when they grow up become too aggressive. Will jump onto other fish and bite them. Stopped keeping them a long time ago.

Ben, CA - 2005-08-23
I had two and one jumped. I found him two weeks later stiff as board inside my piggy bank. Great fish but keep the tank covered.

Kami - 2005-07-29
We call our algae eater 'the freak'. He is three or four years old and about seven inches long. As a youngin' he would hide and stay towards the bottom of the tank. Now he is clearly visible and somewhat aggressive. We named him 'the freak' because he dives head first into the gravel creating large holes and tunnels. He often buries himself leaving only his nose and eyes visible. The top of the power heads are also a favorite resting spot of his. He's cool, we love him. My only warning is the size... I never imagined he would get so big. Keep this in mind and avoid other bottom feeders or algae eaters with this one. Currently we own three large tanks. One with african cichlids, one south american cichlids and one with community fish where our 'freak' resides. Happy fishing :) !