The Chinese Algae Eater, also called the Chinese Catfish is not really an
algae eater, or a catfish. Infact, it's from India not China as well.
When young they can live together, but as they get larger they will become
aggressive toward each other, though will live quite well with most other
fish until that time. They may latch onto and suck off the
slime coats of large slow moving fish like goldfish as well.
There are several fish which resemble the chinese algae eater, but this
fish can be distinguished by its lack of barbells (whiskers) from its
There are two versions of this fish available. A light brown coloured one
with a jagged line down his body, and a golden coloured one, which lacks
this line. These fish have not been known to breed in captivity.