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chinese algae eater

Postby jennifer o » Sat Nov 26, 2011 4:32 pm

hi there,

ive recently become the owner of my friends chinese alage eater x2 (she couldnt look after them and found it hard to clean the tank etc )

i know these guys can get quite big however they are currently in an 80l , im getting a 200 l for christmas.

Im just looking for some advice on how to care for these guys.

they do seem quite shy and dont really eat from the gravel, they usually just suck the glass, rocks, caves etc that are in the tank.

what do they like to eat ? what fish do they get on with ? ( they are currently with 5 neon tetras and a pleco who are also from my friend)

I just want them to be happy in their new home

any advice much appreciated
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80l tank - 3 platys, 1 guppy, 4 neon tetras, 2 red honey gouramis

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Re: chinese algae eater

Postby Carylnz » Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:00 pm

I used to like these fish but over recent years it seems they have become more vicious in nature as they age and have a tendency to latch on to wider bodied fish and suck off their slime coating.
They are shy and hide a lot but tend to be more active at night. They love eating algae off glass, ornaments, driftwood etc.
Unless they are trying to attach themselves to other fish (and not all do this) then they get on with, and ignore, all other fish.
They will eat flake and other foods that have been missed by fish feeding at a higher level. They will also suck on bottom feeder pellets.
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Re: chinese algae eater

Postby jennifer o » Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:50 pm

they dont seem tobother eith the other fish do far so maybe they will be okay....they really are beauties, xant wait to get them in my big aqu :P arium :)
200l tank - 6 black phantom tetras, 1 golden chinese algae eaters, 2 pleco, 5 harlequin rasboras, 5 platys, 2 silver mollies, 3 panda corys

80l tank - 3 platys, 1 guppy, 4 neon tetras, 2 red honey gouramis

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Re: chinese algae eater

Postby Carylnz » Mon Nov 28, 2011 12:42 am

You may be lucky. Of course, you may also not have the same fish as the one I know of as a Chinese Algae Eater. Got a pic?
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Re: chinese algae eater

Postby jennifer o » Mon Nov 28, 2011 2:24 pm

im trying to attach a photo but it dosent let me, ive even reduced the size to under 100 km but still wont do it :(
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80l tank - 3 platys, 1 guppy, 4 neon tetras, 2 red honey gouramis

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Re: chinese algae eater

Postby Angel Fish » Mon Nov 28, 2011 3:03 pm

Have you uploaded it to a hosting site like http://www.photobucket.com first?
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Re: chinese algae eater

Postby jennifer o » Mon Nov 28, 2011 6:50 pm

200l tank - 6 black phantom tetras, 1 golden chinese algae eaters, 2 pleco, 5 harlequin rasboras, 5 platys, 2 silver mollies, 3 panda corys

80l tank - 3 platys, 1 guppy, 4 neon tetras, 2 red honey gouramis

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Re: chinese algae eater

Postby Angel Fish » Mon Nov 28, 2011 7:16 pm

No probs :D

Yep, I'd say he was a Chinese Algae Eater - just keep an eye on them, the larger they get (and they get quite bulky), the more likely they are to become aggressive :?
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Re: chinese algae eater

Postby jennifer o » Mon Nov 28, 2011 7:46 pm

yeh no problems, i get my larger tank soon, so hopefully there will be enough room so he dosent get annoyed lol

hes in with a pleco too, i hear they tend to get aggressive too?

arghhh
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80l tank - 3 platys, 1 guppy, 4 neon tetras, 2 red honey gouramis

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Re: chinese algae eater

Postby Angel Fish » Mon Nov 28, 2011 9:50 pm

Do you know what sort of Plec? I've never had an aggressive one yet and I've probably had over a hundred through the years (not counting the thousands of Bristlies I've bred :shock: ), quite a few different species of Plec too :D
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Re: chinese algae eater

Postby jennifer o » Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:41 am

it looks as though its the common plec, borwn and speckly lol
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Re: chinese algae eater

Postby Gilian » Mon Oct 15, 2012 5:11 pm

I recently returned a CAE to my lfs after I saw it attach itself to a pregnant Platy and push her against the substrate. She died. I had the CAE about 9 months, so some can definately become agressive.
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