Chinese Algae Eater "Gyrinocheilus aymonieri"

Care Level

Low

Temperament

Semi-Aggressive

Reef Compatible

No

Plant Safe

No

Max Size

2" - 5"

Minimum Size

20 gallon

Color

Black, White, Yellow

Diet

Omnivore

Water Conditions

Neutral (6 to 8 pH), intermediate water hardness (6 to 18dGH), 74 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit

General: The Chinese Algae Eater (Gyrinocheilus aymonieri) naturally occupies various rivers, and lakes thru-ought Southeast Asia. They commonly use a sucker style mouth to rasp algal materials off driftwood, and substrates. The Chinese Algae Eater may reach a length of six inches, and take on a more semi-aggressive nature as they mature. It is often best to avoid adding Chinese Algae Eaters to an aquarium who's inhabitants have long, elegant fins.

Preferred Water Chemistry: Neutral (6 to 8 pH), intermediate water hardness (6 to 18dGH)

Aquarium Diet (Omnivore): Spirulina, Brine Shrimp, Blackworms, Daphnia, Krill, Algae Wafer, Omnivore Pellet

Dimorphism: The Chinese Algae Eater (Gyrinocheilus aymonieri) male will typically have more apparent tubercles around the inferior sucker mouth, in comparison to the female.

Compatibility: The Chinese Algae Eater (Gyrinocheilus aymonieri) are typically compatible with Synodontis, Acara, Severum, Tetra, Danio, Rasbora, Corydoras, and Rainbowfish.