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Chinese Algae Eater

Chinese Algae Eater
Item #: CA1

This fish is very much desired by many aquarists. Though not the most beautiful of fishes, it is mainly appreciated for its ability to keep the aquarium free of algae. It does a great job at that when it's a youngster but as it matures its diet preferences begin to change. It will start looking for a meatier food source, like small crustaceans and even the slime coating of other fish, and it also starts enjoying the easier foods supplied by its keeper. There are several other surprising aspects about keeping this fish besides a changing diet. These include its size, the number of very similar "look-alike" species, and its personality with its tankmates. Normally it's available as a juvenile with a size of just one to two inches, but this fish gets much bigger. It has been recorded reaching up to a whopping 11 inches (28 cm) in the wild, though captive specimens are usually much smaller. They are mature at about 4 1/2 inches (12 cm) and seldom exceed 5 1/4 inches (13 cm) in the aquarium. We have seen them at 5 inches, but we have never seen one approaching 11 inches.

Sale Price : $2.49
Was : $3.99

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