Chinese Algae Eater, catfish for sale, aquarium catfish, pet catfish
Great little catfish that eats algae, may not do well if not acclimated properly.
riverine non-catfish include Garra species and the larger African Labeo species. these are good algae eaters. unfortunately the African Garra's are very rare in the trade. the Labeo's are almost as rare but these fish are quite agressive, especially to each other. African Labeo's ARE in fact quite resistant to cichlids, they can dominate a tank full of scum fro Malawi without a blink of an eye. only suitable for large tanks (125G and up).
This is the first part of a two-part article on how to feed loricariid catfish, aka Plecos. These fish came into the hobby as "Algae eaters", and many are still bought to keep the glass clean on the tank they live in, while other, more exotic, species are bought purely to please the owners by having a striking pattern. They are available in all sizes from a few centimetres to well over half a metre. They eat everything from algae to meat and some even use wood as a food-source. In the next article, it's explained what groups eat what type of food so you can work out what each genus will want.
riverine algae eating catfish from Africa are scarce and peaceful.
Another algae eating fish with a big appetite is the Twig Catfish.
Another algae eating fish with a big appetite is the Twig Catfish. Commonly known as the Whiptail Catfish, these algae eating machines can grow up to 20 centimeters in length, and their slender, brown colored bodies can sometimes be hard to spot in busier aquariums.An Otocinclus Catfish is an amazing little scavenger for freshwater aquariums. Otocinclus Catfish may also be sold as: Otos, Oto Catfish, Otto Cats, Ottos, Dwarf Suckermouths, Dwarf Oto, Dwarf Ottos, Dwarf Suckers, Algae Scrapers, Macrotocinclus affinis and Otocinclus affinis. Although Otocinclus Catfish are algae eaters, they should not be confused with other similar looking fish also sold as “algae eaters” including: Chinese Algae Eaters, Siamese Algae Eaters and Siamese Flying Fox. Otocinclus also come in an a more rare variety: The Zebra Otocinclus. The Zebra Otocinclus is darker in color and has a more camouflaged look than the more common Oto Catfish.Unlike the Twig Catfish and the Siamese Algae Eaters mentioned before, otos are a schooling fish, and should be kept in groups of at least 5. However, due to their small size, you do not require a huge tank for them to live happily, with 30 gallons being more than enough.Various South American suckermouth catfish are effective algae-eaters. The most popular are the various species sold as “plecos.” The namesake for the group, the common (Hypostomus plecostomus), is an excellent algae-eater but is not the best choice for most hobbyists. Dealers sell small, inexpensive youngsters without warning that they can grow to 2-foot adults. However, if you want an algae-eater to keep with large fish, the common pleco is a good, hardy choice. For typical community aquariums, the various species of bushynose pleco (Ancistrus spp.) and clown pleco (Peckoltia spp.) are better choices. Bushynose plecos develop beardlike tentacles on the face. Clown plecos have strong striped patterns. You may also run into the aptly described widemouth plecos (Chaestostoma spp.). All of these species stay small (4 to 6 inches) and eat algae well. Many will spawn readily in the aquarium, too. They build caves under rocks and even protect their eggs and fry. Plecos can readily handle gold or green slime. Their tough, rough lips will reduce green dot algae to a certain extent, as well. Plecos may have a face only a mother pleco could love, but they make the best window cleaners.