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post #31 of 34 Old 09-21-2006, 05:43 AM Thread Starter
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2 more it is then!!!
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post #32 of 34 Old 09-22-2006, 01:28 AM
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been reading along... so you have a 240litre with 1 pleco, 1 clown loach, 1 CAE (you called it a sucker loach), anything else?? any live plants?
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post #33 of 34 Old 09-22-2006, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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well i got rid of the sucker things, took them back to the shop as they were upsetting the other fish.

now iv got little dave (my pleco) all is good.

i have got 3 live plants in the tank, dunno what they are thoug, i just buy what i like the look of and what i know the fish like.
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post #34 of 34 Old 11-06-2006, 01:29 PM
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Stolen from another website (disconcerting to me because I have 3 gold algae eaters in my livebearers 55g tank and my kitty LOVES "suckyface" and he and the fish taunt each other - really cute. One is about 1.5 inches and the other two are about 3 inches.):


Sold as many names including- cold water algae eater, CAE, SAE
Gyrinocheilus aymonieri

Unlike the other pictures of fish above ( excluding the Otocinclus) , these fish have a sucker mouth and are the most recommended to stay away from. There is also a gold color morph of this fish , pictures below, that is commonly sold as "gold algae eater". They are known to quit eating alage at about 4 inches long ( 10 cm) and start to feed off the slime coat of flat bodied fish. It will eventually get 9 inches or 27 cm long. The gold version is only supposed to attain 22cm long.

This fish is distinctively different from the other fish and is notorious for loosing taste for algae as it ages and then starts eating slime coat off your other fish resulting in sores and wounds.

WAHHH! I'm not looking forward to them behaving badly. I just lost my two beautiful SAE's this morning to some kind of chemical disaster in the tank, the other fish seem to be recovering after removing 5 gallons off the bottom of the tank where SAE's lived. They were about 3-3.5 inches long and I'd had them for a year and a half. Sad day here :(
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