New Inhabitants - Photos
Good evening folks.
Tank has been running for a few weeks now and I wanted to show some of the inhabitants. Here are a few photos of what I have in the tank at this time. I am not sure the name of the Algae Eater, quite possibly someone could help identify him for me.
He is in the last shot.
1. Koi Angel
2. Black Angel
3. Golden Ram
4. Yo Yo Loach
5. Black Tetra
6. Algae Eater?????????
Wow great pictures. Your algae eater looks like a 'Chinese algae eater' from the family Gyrinocheilus. I hope you have a large tank because they get about 10-12 inches in length. They can be quite aggressive and will feed off of the body slime of slower moving fish like your angels. This can cause a lot of damage, I would just keep half an eye on it and if it looks like its bothering your other fish I would take it out. In my experience they are not really good at eating algae. They seam to prefer to sit and wait for the food their keeper offers or try to feed off other fish instead of searching out algae.
That's great! Maybe mine was just a bad apple lol. These are really great pictures of them. I've never been able to get such perfect shots of my fish. Sounds like a really nice set up you have :)
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I don't have anything to add with the algae eater/angelfish issue, but I want to say you take amazing photos of your gorgeous fish! :D
hello there :-)
my two cents worth...
i once had a couple of those algae eaters,and the tank was a 4ft long tank
(can't remember the gllns) i woudn't keep them again.
I'll just add.. Don't listen to my standards for fish lol. I like aggressive fish. My bichir ate the first CAE ( and a handful of other fish and about 100 shrimp). I'm ok with behaviors other people wouldn't be. So perhaps given the nature of its tank mates it is scared to piss off any other fish.
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Caper - GREAT photos of gorgeousl fish! I don't think we've crossed paths before, so a belated welcome to TFK - thanks for sharing these shots with us - we're ALL fiends for pics, and yours are so lovely!
Your angels are stunning, I can't choose a favorite between the two of them, amazing how different Angels can look one from another. . . !
Pretty little Ram, too! I am such a sucker for rams (I keep Bolivians <3). The gold forms are soooo pretty! I'm sure he'll fatten up after a few weeks in your care, but keep a close eye on that tummy - he's definitely on the thin side. This is totally normal when they're new, so nothing to worry about yet - but you want to see that belly bow out slightly, instead of in. Gotta keep those babies fat and happy! *luffsfishybabies*
As for the algae eater. . . I hate to agree with the others on this little guy!!! It makes me so SAD that they grow up to be so territorial and dangerous,because they are such beautiful fish, and so intelligent - you can see it in their eyes, I think (or maybe I'm imagining things again, lol!) They really are no good for a community aquarium like yours, so you probably want to look into returning or re-homing him now, while he's still cute and little. As juvies, these fish are great at taking care of algae, but once they mature (if I'm remembering correctly, this is at about one year of age), they seem to lose their taste for veggies (algae! YUM!), and turn into little carnivores! After *about* that one year mark, you'll find that they prefer to feed on the slime coats of other fish in the tank, *usually* while said tank mates are sleeping. Not very nice! They often rip out scales when they detach from the fish, and from there infection, fungus can occur - all that sad stuff, and unfortunately the victim doesn't always make it through. . . I had the unfortunate experience of seeing the wounds and damage done by CAE fish first-hand last year, and it was just heartbreaking.
Fish that are laterally compressed, like your (gorgeous!!!) angels, make particularly good victims for these fish, because they have a comparatively wide and flat surface area that the Chinese Algae Eaters can easily attach too. Your little Ram is also a prime target, because they share the same territory of the CAE at the bottom of the tank. . .
If that isn't enough, the fact that Chinese Algae Eaters do max out at around a foot long should be enough to convince you that this little beauty is ultimately not going to be a good match for this tank - such a shame - he's so pretty! I really do love these fish. Perhaps one day I'll go aggressive like Agent13 and keep a shoal of my own!
I don't know what your level of experience is, but you really don't NEED an algae eater, or a sucker fish, at all. That is a common misconception we see all the time around here. If you'd like some suggestions on some bottom dwellers that may be more compatible with the other fish you own, I'm sure some of the other posters on this thread would be happy to offer several fantastic suggestions (they're awesome like that!). I can even think of a few that are in the catfish family, if that's what you prefer?
Now that I've seen all these pretty inhabitants, I want to see the tank where they live!!! Would it be wrong of me to beg for more pictures???! How big is the tank? Looks like you have it planted???! I'm sorry! I'mreally too curious for my own good! >.< I'll take whatever you feel like sharing - and thanks for sharing THESE!!! Fantastic pics of really gorgeous animals!
(lol, Agent13 - your last post cracked me up! *giggle* Poor little CAE fearing for his life in there with those Bichir!!!)
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