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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


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