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Golden Chinese Algae Eater

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Chinese Algae Eater, Gyrinocheilus aymonieri

The Chinese Algae Eater is misnamed, as it originated in Thailand.  It has an uneven horizontal stripe, transparent fins and a clinging sucker mouth, which distinguishes it from the Flying Fox, the Siamese Algae Eater and the Otto .   The CAE can intake water without opening its mouth.  It can grow to 10 inches but barely exceeds 5 inches in captivity.  There is also a golden variety which lacks the dark markings.

Scientific Name: Gyrinocheilus aymonieri
Family: Cyprinid
Temperature: 22 - 28 C; 72 - 82 F
pH: 7
Size: 10 cm; 4 inches
Life Span: 5 years
Breeding: Difficult, Egglayer
 

Compatibility:

Suitable for a community tank, though they may get more aggressive with age and may attack slow moving, flat bodied fish.