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Otocinclus Catfish

(Otocinclus sp.)
Otocinclus Catfish
Quick Stats
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Tank Conditions: 74-79F; pH 6.8-7.5; KH 6-10
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 2"
Color Form: Brown, Tan
Temperament: Peaceful
Diet:  Herbivore
Compatibility: View Chart
Origin: South America
Family: Loricariidae

Part of a large family of Loricariidae, the Otocinclus is one of the smallest. It is usually tan with a black peppered body. Found in rapidly moving rivers, the Otocinclus swims and moves using its sucker-type mouth.

This catfish should be housed in at least a 30-gallon aquarium, with high filtration along with high aeration. A planted tank with rocks and driftwood will provide plenty of hiding spaces to prevent the fish from becoming stressed. This unique fish is an ideal candidate for the planted aquarium, as it will consume algae that grows on the leaves of plants.

A planted tank with high vegetation and some algae will sustain the Otocinclus. However, if algae are not present, supplement with a vegetable-based flake or wafer food.

 
Golden Chinese Algea Eater
The Chinese Algae Eater is misnamed, as it originated in Thailand.  It has an uneven horizontal stripe, transparent fins and a clinging sucker mouth, which distinguishes it from the Flying Fox, the Siamese Algae Eater and the Otto .   The CAE can intake water without opening its mouth.  It can grow to 10 inches but barely exceeds 5 inches in captivity.  There is also a golden variety which lacks the dark markings.
Chinese Algae Eater
Quick Stats
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Tank Conditions: 74-79F; pH 6.8-7.4; KH 8-10
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 10"
Color Form: Brown, Gold
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Diet:  Herbivore
Compatibility: View Chart
Origin: Asia
Family: Gyrinocheilidae

The Chinese Algae Eater comes from Asia and has a slender body and is golden to brown in color. A darker stripe runs horizontally and is either solid or broken into spots. It is usually kept in aquariums for the purpose of keeping algae under control.

A minimum of a 30-gallon aquarium is recommended with plenty of plants, rocks, and driftwood for hiding. It can handle different water conditions but water quality should remain constant to avoid stress. In smaller community tanks the Chinese Algae Eater will defend its territory. This species of algae eater can become aggressive when they become full grown.

Breeding has not been seen or been successful in an aquarium setting. There is little known about sexing the male and female.

The main source of food is algae on plants, rocks, glass, and driftwood. Algae based wafers should be provided if there is a lack of algae.

 Scientific Name:   Gyrinocheilus aymonieri
 Family:   Cyprinid
 Temperature:   22 - 28 C; 72 - 82 F
 PH   7
 Size:    10 cm; 4 inches
 Life Span:    5 years
 Breeding:    Difficult, egg layer

Compatibility:

Suitable for a community tank, though literature indicates it is more aggressive with age and may attack slow moving, flat bodied fish.

Gold Algae Eater

(Gyrinocheilos aymorieri)
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Gold Algae Eater
Quick Stats
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Tank Conditions: 74-79F; pH 6.8-7.4; KH 8-10
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 1'
Color Form: Gold, Silver, Yellow
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Diet:  Herbivore
Compatibility: View Chart
Origin: Farm Raised, Thailand
Family: Gyrinocheilidae

This slender algae eater has a silver underbelly with a bright yellow/gold back. A horizontal line that is patterned runs along the side. The Gold Algae Eater comes from Northern India. It is usually kept in tanks for the purpose of keeping algae under control.

A minimum of a 30 gallon tank is recommended with plenty of plants, rocks, and driftwood for hiding. It can handle different water conditions but water quality should remain constant to avoid stress. In smaller community tanks the Gold Algae Eater will defend its territory. Caution should be used when maintaining this species with discus and larger angelfish, as the catfish will often harass these species.

Breeding has not been seen or been successful in an aquarium setting. There is little known about sexing the male and female except that the male tends to have more pronounced "thorns" around the mouth.

The main source of food is algae on plants, rocks, glass, and driftwood. Algae based wafers should be provided if there is a lack of algae.

Royal Farlowella Cat

(Sturistoma sp.)
Royal Farlowella Cat
Quick Stats
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Tank Conditions: 70-78F; pH 6.8-7.4; KH 8-10
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 8"
Color Form: Gold, Green
Temperament: Peaceful
Diet:  Herbivore
Compatibility: View Chart
Origin: South America
Family: Loricariidae

The Royal Farlowella Cat is a sucker mouth catfish that may also be referred to as the Panama Sturisoma. The male's first dorsal fin is long and it has facial "whiskers." The female does not have "whiskers" and the dorsal fin is a little shorter. The Royal Farlowella Catfish comes from fast flowing rivers in South America.

A minimum of a 30-gallon tank is recommended to house this fish. Plants and rocks should be utilized but numerous hiding spaces are not required. The Royal Farlowella Cat requires high aeration with sufficient filtration.

These fish have bred successfully in aquariums. Spawning occurs on flat or open surfaces, with the female laying about 60 yellow to brown eggs. The male will guard the eggs as they darken. The eggs hatch in about one week and the fry need to be fed blanched spinach and small pieces of pellet food.

In addition to the leftover food it will scavenge from the bottom, The Royal Farlowella Cat should also be fed sinking catfish pellets and algae wafers.

Loricaria Cat

(Loricaria sp.)
Loricaria Cat
Quick Stats
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Tank Conditions: 70-75F; pH 6.8-7.4; KH 8-10
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 1'
Color Form: Camouflage, Cream, Gold
Temperament: Peaceful
Diet:  Omnivore
Compatibility: View Chart
Origin: South America
Family: Loricariidae

The Loricaria has a slender body with a camouflage color pattern that covers the entire fish. Because this species comes from the tropic waters of South America, a neutral pH is recommended.

This catfish should be housed in at least a 30 gallon aquarium, with high filtration and plenty of aeration. A planted tank with rocks and driftwood will provide plenty of hiding spaces to prevent the fish from becoming stressed.

Loricaria catfish breed by laying their eggs on plants or rocks, and breeding in the aquarium setting is not usual.

A planted tank with high vegetation and some algae will sustain the Loricaria. However, if algae are not present, supplement with a vegetable based flake food, or algae wafer to provide the fish with a balanced diet.

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