Algae Eater

Algae eater is a common name for many bottom-dwelling fish that feed on algae. Algae eaters are important for the fishkeeping hobby and many are commonly kept by hobbyists. Some of the common and most popular freshwater algae eaters include:

  • Fishes of the genus Gyrinocheilus, family Gyrinocheilidae. There are three species in this genus with the Chinese algae eater, Gyrinocheilus aymonieri, the most common. Small specimens make good community fish but may become territorial when older.
  • The Siamese algae eater, Crossocheilus siamensis, is a more gregarious and tolerant cyprinid that ranges up to 15 cm. It is the only fish that will graze on "black brush algae" (freshwater Rhodophyta, or red algae), but even so will eat anything else in preference.
  • American-flag fish, Jordanella floridae, are also dependable algae eating fish.
  • Many loricariid catfish of South America, such as genera Otocinclus, Ancistrus, and Plecostomus, constantly graze algae and biofilm, although many species of "plecos", which attain an adult length of over 10 inches, eat much less frequently as they near adulthood.
  • Some freshwater shrimp are also excellent algae eaters. One shrimp well known for its ability to clean an aquarium is the Amano Shrimp.
  • Most species of freshwater snails, discounting most adult specimens of species belonging to the family Ampullariidae, which primarily subsist on aquatic plants as adults.

Some of the common and most popular saltwater algae eaters include:

  • Surgeon fish or tangs are also known for their appetite for algae.
  • Rabbitfish which eat most algae, including cyanobacteria, diatoms, and hair algae.
  • Fishes in the suborder blennioidei are blennies.
  • Crabs of the genera Mithraculus and Mithrax.
  • Sea urchins.
  • Some snail species such as the Turbo, Astraea, Turban and Nerite snails.
Aquarium and fishkeeping hobby
Aquarium equipment and furniture
  • Filter
  • Algae scrubber
  • Berlin Method
  • Protein skimmer
  • Powerhead
  • Deep sand bed
  • Heater
  • Refugium
  • Sump
  • Calcium reactor
  • Bog-wood and Driftwood
  • Airstone
  • Live rock and Live sand
  • Substrate
  • Fishcam
  • Aquarium fish feeder
  • Aquarium lighting
Fish terms
  • Hardy fish
  • Dither fish
  • Algae eater
  • Bottom feeder
  • Tropical fish
  • Coldwater fish
  • Painted fish
  • Clean-up crew
Fish food
  • Feeder fish
  • Brine shrimp
  • Tubifex tubifex
  • Daphnia
  • Infusoria
  • Shrimp mix
  • Aquarium diseases
  • Aquarium fish by scientific name
  • Freshwater aquarium fish
  • Freshwater aquarium amphibians
  • Freshwater aquarium invertebrates
  • Freshwater aquarium plants
  • Marine aquarium fish
  • Marine aquarium invertebrates
  • Marine aquarium plants
  • Brackish aquarium fish
  • Brackish aquarium invertebrates
  • Brackish aquarium plants
Other concepts
  • Aquascaping
  • Bath treatment
  • Disease in ornamental fish
  • MacQuarium
  • Quarantine tank
  • Reef safe
  • Spawning triggers
Aquarium magazines
  • Practical Fishkeeping
  • Tropical Fish Hobbyist
  • Koi
  • Aquarium Fish International
  • Takashi Amano
  • Herbert R. Axelrod
  • Sven O. Kullander
  • Julian Sprung
  • Anne Thynne
Aquarium-related companies
  • Tetra
  • Sera
  • Eheim
  • Hagen
  • Drs. Foster & Smith

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List Of Freshwater Aquarium Fish Species - Cyprinids
16 in) Community Flying fox (fish) Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus this species may be sold as Siamese algae eater Red-tailed black shark Epalzeorhynchos bicolor 7 in community easy albino variation available Red-finn ... Could be territorial Siamese algae eater Crossocheilus siamensis Community Easy Many other cyprinids are sometimes mistakenly sold under this name ... Very useful for getting rid of algae when it is young but prefer fish food upon reaching adulthood ...

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