01-19-2009, 10:17 PM
| || | Right and wrong. Chinese algae eaters as juveniles stick to algae as their primary diet however they will also consume anything else provided to them. Adults on the other hand eventually develop a taste for slime coating by other fish and resort to it as their protein source. Once they reach a length of 4-5 inches, their overall temperament changes and they become aggressive chasing small fish constantly while harassing the large ones as they suck their slime coats. Damaged slime coats leave the victim prone to skin diseases and several other health issues. Snails are out of the question. Discusgirl has clarified in one of her threads the water conditions which will not permit the snails to thrive for a long time. Calcium sources are very important but these also alter the water chemistry which can prove detrimental for most fish that originated from soft acidic waters leaving them more prone to bacterial infections. Not all snails are algae eaters. This is another factor to consider when suggesting snails for algae eating purposes.
Originally Posted by veganchick
chinese algae eaters don't really eat algae, id go with either ottos or snails, or certain kinds of plecos.