Good algae eater while young. Slow to mature. Can get up to 11 inches (rarely) Very agressive but a good cleaner. Loves to harass other fish especially at feeding time. Tolerates wide variety of water conditionsand temps. Hard to kill. Even harder to catch. When bigger will kill large slow moving fish by attaching onto the side of the fish and sucking at the slime coat. The fish you love to hate and hate to love.
I would avoid this fish in a planted or non-planted tank at all costs. Their algae eating stops within the first year or so, and as stated they get nasty with other fish, large and aren't a very pretty fish to look at.
You'd be better off with Oto's or true SAE's if you're looking for something to help with the algae.
Void this fish at all cost, will suck slime coating off of your fish. Gets more aggressive as it matures.
I had one put a hole into the side of my Gourami that died later from the injury.
Better choices are Otto's, SAE's, Plecos & Shrimp (Amano, Cherry, Tiger). The SAE can grow to 6" and the Common Pleco can get 18". If you have a small tank stick with Otto's, shrimp & smaller Plecos like a bristtlenose/rubberlip.
I agree, you should stick to your first type of fish chinese algea eater....
This fish sounds kinda like a common pleco, when they mature they start sucking
the fish's slime coats off, and arn't vegetarien anymore.
I learned this the hard way... i got a common pleco for my b-day 1 or 2 years ago
and he ate one of my goldies eyes... and ya.....
Now his in my 15 gallon tropical tank 5 inches long and is a pain in the butt, always
knocking plants out of the sand ect ect....
Good thing im moving i'll be able to get him a rubermaid container 40 gallons just for him.
in that case I wont buy them, i don`t want they hurt my angels fish, so I would look for ottos, one point against ottos is the information pinneaple gave us that ottos and SAE`s don`t touch algaes from anubias, and i`ve a lot of that plants and some of them have algae, but theres some other way to remove algae from anubias.
Yes, stay away from them. Otos are much more suitable. I've neve had SAE's, but have heard good things. I've been waiting for two years for my chinese algae non-eater to die off (terrible, I know) and finally last week he got sucked into my powerhead.
Chinese algae eaters make good scavengers in aggressive tanks. Particularly when you have a hard time putting anything else in that tank. I have a golden algae eater in a tough 220g cichlid tank. Salvini, Green terror, texas cichlid, gold flake pike cichlid, etc. THere is not a single fish in there he can bully, heh. He also doesnt really compete for territory with the other fish and if one of the other fish decide to mess with him, he can hide and is very elusive.
The wife came home with one today for me. Heheh. I asked her while she was at the store to see if they had siamese algae eaters, and lo and behold, a pink spaz came in the home. Well, he is eating algae for now.
I have a friend with a 55 gallon cichlid tank with a couple of REAL meanies. (One may even be psychotic, if a fish can be) And when he turns from eating algae to eating my cabomba or pleco he will try his luck with the big boys. (He is QUICK, he will have a good chance.)
If it does get aggressive, I doubt he'll get much of a grasp of my rainbowfish, danios, corys or otos, as they are all very quick darters.
I guess the question is, how long before they lose their aptitude for the green stuff? Or should I look to unload as quickly as possible?
Well, compared to others I saw at stores today looking around, he wasn't in the "small and cute" department. He went to a friends' Cichlid tank (1 BIG cichlid and 1 large giant danio). There is a running bet on his survival. I think he'll make it, just based on him being SO QUICK! My friend has a good point that the giant danio may chase him into being tired, then it will be a cichlid snack.