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CAE - Chinese Algae Eaters

Discussion in 'Fish' started by derfliw, Feb 14, 2016.

  1. derfliw

    derfliw Aspiring Aquascaper

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    I have discovered that the two fishes I have bought last January are Chinese Algae Eaters ( mislabeled in the store ), for the first weeks that I have them, they look like Otocinclus ( probably because they are too small that time ). Now, I am sure they are CAE, and their sizes doubled. I searched the Internet and they have bad reputation ( poor fishes ). From being Algae Eaters and community aquarium-suitable fishes to opposites when they grow old. Do you guys have experience with CAE?

    Thanks!

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  2. keithgh

    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Note the little V shape marking that continues into the tail, this is a sure sign of a true SAE
    That is a Yes & No answer.

    When young they are fantastic algae eaters.

    They can clean the natural slime of some fish resulting in that fish dying.

    As they get older they become very lazy and prefer fish foods to their natural Algae foods.

    Every couple of years I would by 2-3 young SAE

    A great schooling fish.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
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    keithgh Moderator Staff Member

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    Have you been able to identified if they were CAE or SAE yet?

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  4. yudagas

    yudagas Aspiring Aquascaper

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    Other varian of CAE that sold in my country [​IMG] rarely to see the varian of CAE that look like otocinclus

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  5. ShadowMac

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    CAE are no good for community or planted tanks, in my opinion.
     
  6. keithgh

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    CAE leave them at the LFS you are only asking for problems having even one in your tank as they get older and larger they are a big concern.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  7. easternlethal

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    Other than the fact that they don't eat as much algae as beginners think they do, I'm not sure why they have such a bad rep. I've had them in my tanks and do fine if fed well. They can get territorial but then so can any other fish and they don't tend to get into nearly as many fights or pick on others as much because they are still loaches at the end of the day. A betta or pleco can be far worse in a community tank but you don't read that on wikipedia..

    They have a lot of personality and will do great as long as the tank is large enough and it is given enough space.
     
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    Yeah i know they are a messy eater...never try to buy 1, i think i more like otocinclus

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  9. ShadowMac

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    My point is there are better options out there if you want to control algae: SAE, otocinclus, amano shrimp, nerite snails.

    Plecos will at least eat some algae while they stir up plants.

    I don't think CAE are bad fish, but they are sold in such a way that people don't really know what they are getting and thusly don't provide the right conditions for the fish and expect something else.

    Personally, I don't like getting fish that will outgrow my system.
     
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    I have know them to take chunks of flesh out of other fish.

    Keith:cat::cat:
     
  11. easternlethal

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    Really? That would be pretty hard without teeth..

    Maybe it it were starved and had a larger weaker fish to latch to. And an algae wafer could take care of that problem.
     
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