Chinese Algae Eater Habitat: Rivers and streams of India

I have an amazon pufferfish (freshwater 20 gallon) that’s growing a lot of algae, had an albino Cory, that I think puff ended up killing, puff is about 2 inches long now, looking for someone familiar with these guys for thoughts on an algae eater

Another common algae eater that you will find in many pet stores is the cherry shrimp.

A minimum of a 30-gallon aquarium is recommended with plenty of plants, rocks and driftwood for the fish to graze on for algae. It also needs lots of space for swimming. You can house multiple Chinese algae eater fish in a single habitat but it is best to keep at least six species. It prefers a mature well-filtered planted aquarium with lots of hiding places. The tank should have shaded areas because they tend to like to avoid the bright aquarium lights at times. It does well in stronger currents with well oxygenated water. As this fish matures it becomes aggressive towards tank mates and con-specifics. They should not be kept with smaller fish such as Neon Tetras or slow moving high-backed fish such as Angelfish and Discus. They must never be kept with Goldfish. They also do well in semi-aggressive fish such as African Mbuna Cichlids. The Chinese algae eater can sometimes jump out of tanks so you need a good hood to prevent jumping. It prefers good water chemistry with pH of 6.5 -7.5, water hardness 8 to 12° dKH and temperature 75 – 80° F. 25 – 50% of the tank water should be changed at least once a month. If the tank is densely stocked 20-25% should be replaced weekly or every other week.

Chinese Algae Eater Minimum Tank Size: 55gallons

New! There is now a video on my  of theSiamese algae eater in my 50 gallon tank. 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 Breeding & Spawning: No information is known.

Ready to give the boot to all those armored SouthAmerican sucker-mouth cats variously called Plecos/Plecostomus,whiptail, twig cats, (Family Loricariidae)? Not so fast, bucko. Anotable trait of all the minnow members and the Chinese algae eater istheir palatability; humans eat them and so will your larger,piscivorous fishes. Should you have large cichlids, other wide-mouthfish-eating livestock, you may well have to stick with that ugly pleco,or scrape algae yourself.

Chinese Algae Eater Diseases: None specific to species


Another large pond fish, growing up to 11 inches in length, the Chinese Algae Eater is a finicky eater when it comes to algae. If there are any clumps of algae, or algae that is attached to rocks, plants, or sides of the pond, then this fish will eat it. However, because of their size, they can be aggressive towards other fish species, so take time doing your research. Testing different pond fish to find out which ones they coincide nicely with will help a great deal.So, before you purchase any algae eaters, make sure to research them in depth: Learn what type of food they need, whether they are compatible with other fish, and most importantly, whether their fish tank is large enough for them.