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Algae eater / Sucking loach

Picture of Algae eater / Sucking loach Picture of Golden Algae eater / Sucking loach
Natural and Golden colour forms

Photos taken at Wharf Aquatics
© Sean Evans

Common name:Algae eater, Sucking loach, Chinese algae eater, Indian algae eater
Scientific name:Gyrinocheilus aymonieri
Size:Up to 10" (25cm), but usually around 6" (15cm).
Origin:India and Thailand
Tank setup:Larger community tank with bogwood and rocks for hiding places. Adults are also suitable as an algae eater in cichlid tanks due to their robust nature.
Compatibility:May become aggressive, particularly when older. May try to suck the mucus on the side of fish, especially deeper bodied fish such as Gouramies.
Temperature:22-27oC (72-81oF)
Water chemistry:Fairly soft, slightly acidic (pH 6.5-7) ideal, but not critical as a wide range is tolerated.
Feeding:Omnivorous - will eat most aquarium foods, good algae eater when young.
Breeding:No detailed reports, have been bred commercially.
Comments: This fish is often purchased as an algae eater for smaller community tanks, for which it is not really suitable. Firstly, it grows larger than many realise, and secondly, it has a tendency to become aggressive when older. In the limited confines of a small tank, it may terrorise other aquarium inhabitants. In addition, they often become less inclined to eat algae as they grow, particularly if other food sources are available. It is probably better suited as an algae eater in cichlid tanks or with lively barbs or similar, where its companions are robust enough to tolerate its often boisterous nature.




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