Golden chinese algae eaters?

Discussion in 'Chinese Algae Eater' started by cloder, Apr 5, 2006.

  1. cloderNew MemberMember

    i recently bought some golden algae eaters, the "expert" at the fish store recomended them for algae, i eagerly agreed since he is the expert ::) . after reading posts on this site i have learned they are not as good as i thought... What is the best fish that will eat algae
     
  2. ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    The answer to that question depends largely on the size of your tank.
    For a small tank otocinclus "otos" can't be beat but you generally need more than one to see them at their best.
    A little larger tank could handle a bristlenose easily. a little larger and one of the smaller plecostomous would work.
    Sooo... I guess we need to know the size of the tank you want an algae eater for :)
    Carol
     




  3. cloderNew MemberMember

    i have a 40 gallon, the experts at the fish store didnt say anything about those other algae eaters
     




  4. 0morrokhFishlore VIPMember

    You could get a bristlenose or other small pleco. Or, a shoal of Otos would make a nice display as well as eating your algae.
     




  5. cloderNew MemberMember

    thank you and one more thing; the golden chinese guys seem to be eating algae, will they stop over time or have a behaviour change. thanks again
     
  6. 0morrokhFishlore VIPMember

    Most CAE's start out peaceful and algae-eating but as they grow get more interested in being aggressive and less interested in eating algae. IMO, there is really no point in having them. There are other algae eaters that stay small and peaceful. I would trade in the CAE for Otos or a small pleco. :-\
     
  7. cloderNew MemberMember

    thanks alot for the information and quick response
     
  8. 0morrokhFishlore VIPMember

    Yup, that's what we're here for. :) I got so much help from this awesome forum when I was setting up my tank!
     
  9. fish_r_friendWell Known MemberMember

    just don't get a common pleco
     
  10. 0morrokhFishlore VIPMember

    um yeah good point fish_r_friend...WAY too big!!
     
  11. IheartmyOscarsNew MemberMember

    what other kind of pleco would be good for a small tank? like a 10 gallon?
     
  12. ButterflyModeratorModerator Member

    Otocinclus (otos) are about the only thing small enough for a 10G tank. They prefer to be in a group so at least three would be good.
    Ccarol
     
  13. PrayforMojoValued MemberMember

    i really love AE's i have seen some smaller plecos. tiger and zebra plecos from what i have been told only grow to four or five inches or a bristlenose is the same. I want a bigger tank already after i saw a yellow sail, with yellow polka dots pleco but i understand he is big as an adult, similar to common pleco.
     
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