Chinese Algae Eaters and Cichlids - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 6 Old 05-06-2013, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Chinese Algae Eaters and Cichlids

Hello. I just wanted some opinions and info on CAE's. I have 3 baby ones in my 40 gallon. As they get larger and begin to exhibit aggression I want to move them into my 55 gallon semi-aggressive tank, and eventually into a 125 gallon. I have read conflicting information about them, and I would like to know if anyone has had experience keeping them. My questions are:

A) Will they be species aggressive in a 125 gallon tank with plenty of hiding places?
B) Can they live with Jewel Cichlids?
c) Is a 125 big enough?
Lishka is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 6 Old 05-06-2013, 06:10 PM
Member
 
Byron's Avatar
 
Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

We have fish and plant profiles, under the second heading from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page. The Chinese Algae Eater is included; the name shaded to form a link, so click it for the profile. It explains the issues with this species--and mentions the trouble with cichlids.

I've never kept this fish myself, as I do not want these issues, but the profile I think sets them out.

Byron.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
Byron is offline  
post #3 of 6 Old 05-06-2013, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Thank you. So, since in recommends not keeping with low dwelling fish, what semi aggressive species that gets roughly the same size and isn't flat like discus do you think would do well. I would like something that I can get 3 or 4 of, and then get some dithers. Thank you!!

So I just read an old post from 2008 from The Wolf, and he kept them and recommended keeping them with botias, danios, and other river species that they would commonly be kept with. I would like to get somthing a little more vibrantly colored to go in with them. I found this when I googled fish from the same location. What do you think would be good in a 125??

http://www.ecologyasia.com/verts/fishes.htm

Last edited by Lishka; 05-06-2013 at 10:15 PM.
Lishka is offline  
post #4 of 6 Old 05-06-2013, 11:21 PM
Member
 
Byron's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lishka View Post
Thank you. So, since in recommends not keeping with low dwelling fish, what semi aggressive species that gets roughly the same size and isn't flat like discus do you think would do well. I would like something that I can get 3 or 4 of, and then get some dithers. Thank you!!

So I just read an old post from 2008 from The Wolf, and he kept them and recommended keeping them with botias, danios, and other river species that they would commonly be kept with. I would like to get somthing a little more vibrantly colored to go in with them. I found this when I googled fish from the same location. What do you think would be good in a 125??

Fishes of Southeast Asia
We have had members posting about a CAE suddenly becoming very aggressive and killing various other fish. I personally would not risk it. While individual fish may sometimes differ from the norm for the species, it is always best to assume that a fish will adhere to the norm for the species. This avoids risk.

I would not combine CAE with discus; I believe I have read of the CAE eating the discus slime.

Byron.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
Byron is offline  
post #5 of 6 Old 05-07-2013, 08:11 PM
Member
 
fish monger's Avatar
 
I have also read that mature CAE will become aggressive and eat the slime coat from fish. One of the smaller plecostomus species might be more appropriate. I wouldn't build my tank around CAE.

Fishmonger
fish monger is offline  
post #6 of 6 Old 05-12-2013, 08:32 AM
New Member
 
I have a 55g with platies, neons, gold barbs, penguins and a cae.... The guy is about a year and a half old....

I had no issue what so ever. They all share ground and even tablets all eating on it at the same time.... No aggression what so ever...

But then again, its only a year and a half old....
It is an interesting fish and and it swims fast and just that could put stress on other fishes.

If you get to built with them, be sure you have an alternate solution then euthanasia....just in case. I have one.
encountr is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Chinese Algae Eaters andresnoxall Tropical Fish Diseases 3 02-23-2013 12:57 PM
Chinese Algae Eater help Julie's Julies Freshwater and Tropical Fish 6 03-22-2011 11:27 PM
PLEASE HELP! Chinese Algae Eaters acting very strange Fishy3 Tropical Fish Diseases 6 11-19-2009 09:43 AM
My 2 chinese algea eaters died. Out of the blue! why? brettxw Tropical Fish Diseases 5 11-02-2009 08:14 AM
chinese algae eater lioness501 Cyprinids and Atherinids 5 05-22-2007 11:35 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome