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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annabella - 2020-09-15
Siamese Algae and Chinese Algae eater are NOT the same fish. the Siamese Algae is also called "flying fox" and look a little like otto-catfish. Chinese Algae and the Siamese Algae are often confused for each other because of the latter part of the name.

Jesse - 2019-02-07
My Chinese Bottom Feeder just died; in the past 36 hours or so it went from its normal color/pattern to turning almost solid black and it would just sit at the bottom of the aquarium. Yesterday it had its color back but it still stayed on the tank floor. I've had it for about 8 months and it was just a tiny thing when I first got it. I have guppies, sword tails, mollies, some snails and shrimp. they all seem to be acting'normal'. All the tank levels are good so why would it just up and die like it did? any info would be greatly appreciated.

April Moloney - 2018-08-05
I have a 3 1/2' Chinese Algae Eater that needs to be rehomed. He is aggressive and needs a bigger tank to be happy. He eats Algae Wafers, Frozen Daphne, Blood Worms and Brine Shrimp too. If you have a large tank with plenty of hiding places for him, you may be the home for him. Please contact me if you are interested.

angel8 - 2015-12-04
If anybody out there can tell me why my little fish that I have had him for about 7 years now maybe longer but anyway all the sudden today I hear this noise and I go look over at my tank and he's laying on the ground he completely leapt out of the water. I only have the two fish in there I have a koi that I rescued from my pond outside. I don't know of a reason why because I just changed out the water, I just changed out the filters, everything looks good and I give him pallets food and everything else but all of a sudden he decides he's going to go take a flying leap he bruised his belly really bad he's still alive but I don't know how long. So if anybody's got an idea of why he decided he was going to take a flying leap can let me know, appreciate it because I don't want to do it again. Thanks

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  • Jgw - 2016-01-17
    I wrote below about my 15 year old lovely CAE that I had had for 15 years - well it's now over 16 and he is massive. He still lives in a large cave from which he has removed all the gravel by thrashing about and is still buddies with my Clown Loach. His day consists of peering out from his cave then as soon as he 'smells' food he makes a completely over the top dash to sucker it all up off the floor of the tank scattering all the neons and apistogrammas and also uprooting any new plants. He did once go through a day of rushing up and down the sides of the tank and I can only say that this fish is quite highly strung. I made him his cave and I think it makes him feel safe. If you haven't got a safe place for him to sit and watch I would suggest trying that. Something may have shocked him or he might have misjudged his upward dash. Mine has stopped hanging on the side watching me since a small boy slapped the glass where he was hanging. He never got over it! I love this fish and his dramas and I hope yours recovered.
  • Roy Serafin - 2016-05-15
    CAE's are famous for jumping out of water if givin a chance to do so. Especially if the cover of a tank is off or has holes big enough for your fish to have accessibility to leap out.

Jackie - 2016-01-30
I think my CAE is my favorite fish! He is so lively and gets along well with all the fast swimming fish in my tank. He will chase after the Odessa barb and Bala shark. It looks like they are playing tag at times! To me he is very cute when he is standing up on his fins like they are legs. So cute!

jane - 2015-01-12
hi can some one tell me why my The Sucking Loach (Gyrinocheilus aymonieri)chases my albino danios round the tank

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  • Clarice Brough - 2015-01-13
    Your fish is maturing, and these guys can get start to get aggressive as they age. Read above on this page about their social behaviors for more about this.
Shirley Webler - 2014-07-18
I have a Chinese Algae Eater, got him/her 7 years ago, it was about 1 inch long and 1/2 the size of my pinkie finger and now its the same length of the heater in my 10 gl tank and almost as wide, its very active, spashes the water, pushes the rocks around the tank, and lives with a an Albino Chiclid. 

I also have a 55 gl tank which has 4 Chiclids, 2 Parrot fish, 2 Tinfoil Barbs, & 2 Tire Track Eels.

The Albino Chiclid can not live with the other Chiclids because they kept biting his tail off and he almost died twice from it.

The picture is of my Chinese Algae Eater that I took yesterday.

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  • Rain Kessler - 2014-11-21
    the reason your algae eater doing this is because it has no room so 2 try 2 make room its chewing off its tail
Rain Kessler - 2014-11-21
your goldfish killed them only because they poop every hour or so no matter what u use 2 stop them making your watter toxic with there wase. 

Puppy love girl - 2014-07-31
So I have three goldfish a two commet
And a balck moor they were very healthy until I
I got a bad algae problem so I got a small
Snail and a cae the snail dissaperd in a week
And all that was left was his shell? And after
Like two months the cae got bigger and a
Aggrisve so I went to school and when I came back my black moor was not
Black and was floating I thought my poor little baby was
Dead so I was goig to remove it I saw that
His gills were bearly moving so I put him in a bowel
So hopefully he can get better but sadly he didn't
Last an hour I think it was the cae I mean I was gone
For 6 hours who could've done this

Jgw - 2014-06-15
I have a chinese algae eater for so many years I can't remember exactly how long. 6years ago he was five inches long and I got him when he was tiny. He could be about 15. He lives in a 40 gallon tank with neon tetras, apistogrammas and a clown loach. He and the clown loach cuddle up in the same cave and he gets grumpy and thrashes his tail to make more space but always they go round as a pair. I got in another clown loach to be mates with the other but the original loach only wanted the chinese algae eater. I have had no trouble with the chinese algae eater attacking other fish and he spends his time dashing around with the clown loach, sucking up any algae he finds on leaves or the glass, then hanging on the side watching me. I give them bottom feed tablets and they hoover up any food fallen from the others. Maybe I have been lucky, but he has been a delight and never aggressive, just a bit of a grumpy old man!