The Chinese algae eater is a popular freshwater aquarium fish. It is also known as Algae eater, Indian Algae Eater, Siamese Algae Eater,Sucker Loach, Sucker Fish, Golden Algae Eater, Lemon Algae Eater, Honey Sucker, and Biforated Carp. It is found in the Chao Phraya basin, northern Malay Peninsula, Mekong basin in Cambodia, Yunnan province in China, Laos, and Thailand, Mae Klong basin and the Xe Bang Fai River. They inhabit large and medium sized water body such as lakes and rivers and occasionally enter flooded fields. They are often found in the clear, shallow waters of inflowing streams and tributaries that are exposed to the sun. They also migrate into deeper waters depending on the season. The fish spends most of its time on flat surfaces such as rocks.
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Most apple snails are sold as small babies in pet stores, but you should know that they can reach the size of a large softball, so make sure you have the room for one if you are planning to buy one. The types of algae that they attack are: aquarium glass algae, plant algae, and substrate algae. They will normally spend most of their time on the bottom of the fish tank grazing the surface of the substrate eating any left over food and algae. Although they eat algae and left over food, they should still be fed a diet consisting fish-safe vegetation. It is also possible that your apple snail may start to eat live plants.
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While black mollies are not classified as algae eating fish, their willingness and ability to eat any type of freshwater aquarium algae them for this list. They are not as effective as others on this list but they eat their fair share algae from live plants and rocks.
The Chinese algae eater is a popular freshwater aquarium fish