Gyrinocheilus aymonieri
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Gyrinocheilus aymonieri

Common Names: Algae Eater
Chinese Algae Eater
Common Algae Eater
Gold Algae Eater
Indian Algae Eater
Sucking Loach
Synonyms: Psilorhynchus aymonieri
Family: Gyrinocheilidae
Category: Catfish_Bottom_Feeders
Distribution: Asia; India.
Main Ecosystem: River; River
Temperament: Aggressive; Young Algae Eaters are peaceful, but as they grow to above 12cm they become territorial and aggressive, especially towards their own species. While eating they will attack any fish that is in it's way. Not great fish for peaceful tanks, because they tend to get meaner as they get older.
Diet: Herbivore; Herbivore
Care: DO NOT remove algae from the sides and back of the tank as this is the Algae Eaters main source of food. Keep some hiding places in the tank.
6 - 8.3
24°C - 28°C
75°F - 82°F
5 dH - 19 dH
Potential Size: Male: 28cm (11")
Female: 28cm (11")
Water Region: Bottom; Bottom
Activity: NonSpecific; Non Specific
Gender: Too hard to determine.
Breeding: Is possible. Very little is known.
Variants: A golden variety is also common.
Comments: Although the larger Algae Eaters are territoral in nature, the more placid juviniles grow slowly. In small tanks the algae eater is best kept alone.
Main Colours: Brown, White
Markings: Striped Horizontal
Mouth: Sucking Disc
Tail: Forked
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