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The very common algae eater. I believe it received this name due to
its sucking disc. In my experience I have found them to be a poor algae
eater. Nevertheless they are an interesting addition to your aquarium.
Listed tank sizes are the minimum
||Up to 10 inches usually much smaller
||all, but not in open water.
||6.0 to 8.0
||Soft to hard
||75 to 78°F (25 to 28°C)
Chinese algae eater, Indian algae eater, Algae eater, Sucking
Found in streams of Indohina and central Thailand.
General Body Form:
Long and cylindrical with a down facing mouth. The mouth has thick lips
with many folds that form a sucking disc. This disc helps the fish feed
on algae. It is also the basis of its common name. The Dorsal fin is
well developed with nine protruding soft rays. The Anal, Ventral and
pectoral fins are all rounded. The Caudal fin has a deep fork.
The sides are a burnt yellow, with a Brown stripe running down the length
of the body. This stripe is commonly broken up into spots. The eye is
also Yellow. The tail and dorsal fins may have some small spots at the
base and the general coloration is clear. The back is Brown. The coloration
of this fish is not set and is quite variable.
The tank should be heavily planted and have a fairly strong currant.
This will closely mimic its natural habitat. An easy fish to care for,
they are vegetarian in nature but will accept flake food supplemented
with algae wafers. Some say they are a fantastic algae eater and will
make short work of any found in your tank. Younger specimens are suitable
for a community set up. As they get older then tend to become more and
more aggressive among themselves and even other tank inhabitants. One
interesting adaptation of this fish is in its respiration. When it is
attached to a rock or other object with its sucking disk the water for
respiration enters through a small hole in the upper corner of its gill
slit. This way the fish can stay attached in strong currents. Not the
best choice in algae removal or community set ups this fish should be
purchased with caution.
Found in moving water among the vegetation, rarely seen in standing
Little is known of the sexing of these fish. Breeding has occurred,
but only accidentally.