Fish - Gyrinocheilus aymonieri
Scientific name: Gyrinocheilus aymonieri (Tirant, 1883) Synonyms: Psilorhynchus aymonieri, Gyrinocheilus kaznakovi, Gyrinocheilus monchadskii Common name: Chinese Algae Eater, CAE Sucking 'Loach' Taxonomic group: Cyprinids Origin: Malaysia, Cambodia, China, Thailand Habitat: Fast flowing rivers and creeks Behavior: Schooling when young, territorial when old Diet: Plant based when young, mixed when old Breeding: Not known Size: 15-20 cm Tank size: 100 litre minimum Population: After full maturity 1 specimen/tank Setup: Strong flow, lots of free space for swimming pH: 6-8 General water hardness: 5-18NK° Lifespan: 2-5 years
Quite effective against algae when young. They may be the fastest solution against softer algae like the brown. In group they can completely maintain bigger tanks. Howewer they will get rid fast of all edible algae so they need a lot of plant based food. As they mature they will turn towards foods with higher protein content. After reaching full maturity they start to develop territorial behaviour. They tend to react with agression to other CAEs and different species with similar elongated shape as well. Due to it's adult size best kept in larger tanks only. It's original wild color is silvery grey with darker spots in a row. In captivity exist a gold, gold-grey spotted and a clear iridescent silver variety too. Adult females are distinguishable due to their generally thicker body and rounder belly. We don't know about successful breeding in aquaria, they are mass produced on fish farms.
|Name||Fish - Gyrinocheilus aymonieri|