is it possible for a pleco and a chinese algea eater to breed

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Hi, I am new to fishlore and i have only been seriously into the hobby a few years. What got me seriously into the hobby was a pleco my kids had in their 10 gallon aquarium about 3 years ago. a year later they got a chinese algea eater. Since we put the algea eater and the pleco in the 10 gallon tank they were basically inseperable. They grew together over a year, when i got a 40 gallon tank for them they were about 8" long each. So I moved them into the 40 gallon tank but what ever fish or predator fish \i put in theat tank with them would be killed and eated in a few days. Well decided to give them away one day. While I was about to empty out the 40 gallon tank, I noticed a little fish suction cupped to the inner glass under water, so I saved it and put it in my kids new 28 gallon tank. I plan on posting pictures of this fish and my aquarium when I figure out how to do it. But my question is can or is it possible for a pleco and a chinese algea eater breed and have offspring with each other? Hope you can help me out, I am very interested in figuring it out. Thank you
 

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Welcome to FishLore!!
Hope you don't mind, I moved your question out of the other thread.
It'll get more attention on it's own.

I've never heard of the two breeding. However, I don't know that much about hybrids.
Hope someone else can help out.

Good luck
 

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Welcome to Fishlore!
I can nearly guarantee that this is impossible. The two are different all the way up to Order. There are a few (very few) inter-generic hybrids, and really, really rare inter-familial, but no inter-order hybrids have ever been reported. To further complicate things, inter-familial hybrids usually come from a lab, rather than from normal cross-breeding. The genetic structure and even how mating occurs is just too different for such hybrids to happen naturally.
 

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What other fish were ever in with them? A 10 gallon, even the 40 gallon was really too small for how territorial the chinese algae eater could be. I wonder if one of them was pregnant when you got it, or if the new baby fish is a baby from whatever else you had in the tank before they died. I doubt very much that the two could cross breed. I think they are just too different. But, you never know. As was said in Jurassic Park - Life will find a way.
 

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No. CAE is not a loach of any kind, much less a hillstream, though it kind of looks like one.
 
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