Chinese Algae Eater
Other Chinese Algae Eater Names:
Chinese Algae Eater, Algae Eater, Common Algae Eater, Gold Algae Eater, Sucking Loach, Indian Algae Eater
Chinese Algae Eater Scientific Name:
Gyrinocheilus aymonieri, Psilorhynchus aymonieri
Chinese Algae Eater Temperament:
Species Type: Asian Loaches/Catfish
Chinese Algae Eater Adult Size: 12 inches (cm)
Chinese Algae Eater Life Expectancy: 15 years
Chinese Algae Eater Habitat: Rivers and streams of India
Chinese Algae Eater Minimum Tank Size:
Territorial and rather aggressive once adult size. Juveniles are relatively peaceful.
Chinese Algae Eater Diet & Nutrition:
Herbivorous - This fish lives primarily by eating naturally growing algae. The diet can be supplimented by algae wafers or fresh green vegetables such as zucchini slices, cucumber slices and romaine lettuce.
Chinese Algae Eater Description:
Not the most beautiful of fishes, the body of the Chinese Algae Eater, Indian Algae Eater, or Sucking Loach is plain with a notable black stripe from the tip of its "nose" to its tail. They have an under slung mouth which forms a sucking disk, perfect for anchoring to a surface especially in fast moving water.
When young, the Chinese Algae Eater, Indian Algae Eater, or Sucking Loach does fine in a community aquarium, busily going about its business of greedily foraging algae from the glass sides of the tank, the plants, the substrate, and any decor. When it gets older however, it can start to defend a territory and can continually harass tankmates. Adult specimens are often best kept alone.
The Chinese Algae Eater, Indian Algae Eater, or Sucking Loach prefers hiding places in wood, rocks and plants. Since they graze on algae most of the time, some sunlight on the aquarium to promote the algae growth is appreciated. Though they prefer algae, you can occasionally substitute crushed lettuce or spinach.
Tank Mate Compatibility:
This algae eater is not really suitable for other tank mates unless in really large tanks.
Chinese Algae Eater Breeding & Spawning:
No information is known.
Determining Chinese Algae Eater Sex:
No known way to determine sex visually.
Chinese Algae Eater Diseases:
None specific to species
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