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Cyprinds / Indian Algae Eater

Indian Algae Eater, Chinese Algae Eater, Sucking Loach
Gyrinocheilus aymonieri

Synonyms: Gyrinocheilus kasnakoi, Gyrinocheilops kasnakoi, Psilorhynchus aymonieri
Physical description: An elongated fish with a flat belly profile. The mouth is located on the underside of the snout and is suction-cup shaped. The caudal fin is forked. The back is a copper-brown color, while the lower parts are silvery-white. A brown stripes extends from the snout, through the eye, and back to the caudal fin.
Size/Length: To 11" (28 cm) in nature
Similar species: None
Habitat: Eastern India, Southeast Asia; Thailand
S: bottom
Aquarium: A 30" (76 cm) tank with a capacity of 20-30 gallons (75-114 L) is recommended for fish up to 4" (10 cm). Larger fish should be kept in larger tanks. Use strong lighting to promote the growth of algae. Use roots, wood, and rocks to provide hiding places. Tough plants can be used.
Water chemistry: pH 6.5-8 (7.2), 5-20 dH (10), 75-82°F (24-28°C)
Social behavior: A fish territorial towards others of its own species. Well suited as an algae eater for a community tank with larger fish.
Suggested companions: Gouramis, Danios, Barbs, Loaches, Acaras, Angelfish, Eartheaters, Knifefish.
FOOD: Algae; vegetables; spinach, lettuce; vegetable flakes, tablets; live; worms, crustaceans.
SEX: Unknown, Some claim that males have more "thorns" around the mouth.
Breeding techniques: Unsuccessful
Breeding potential: 10. Breeding has not been successful.
Remarks: In nature, fish have been observed spawning at the length of 5" (13 cm)
Difficulty of care: 3. A fine algae-eating fish that is peaceful in "community" situations.


By Rhett Butler   Mongabay.com