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Gyrinocheilus aymonieri (Sucking Loach, Algae Loach, Algae Eater)

A large, hardy fish often sold as an algae eater but in fact far inferior to fish such as plecs and Siamese Algae Eaters. Adults of this species are very aggressive and territorial, and while suitable for inclusion in large tanks with sturdy cichlids, are not good choices for community tanks.

Essentially greenish above and pale below, there is a distinctive zig-zag band running along the flank. An opening above the gills allows this fish to breathe in and out while firmly attached to rocks with its sucker mouth.

Artifical varieties exist, including a popular golden morph.

Tropical Fish 2 Your Door stock

Buy this fish online today from Wildwoods:
Fish Sex: Cant be sexed, Size: 3-4cm, Price: £3.95 View shop
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Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Aggressive and territorial when mature, so choose tankmates with care. Juveniles form loose schools, but adults are loners.

Not yet bred in aquaria.

Family Group: Loaches & Sharks
Distribution India, South East Asia
Temperature 22-27C
Size Up to 30 cm
Water Parameters Neutral water conditions preferred
Water PH 6.0-8.0

Useful sources of information:

For a well illustrated and detailed reference guide on this and many other fish, consider the Baensch Aquarium Atlases. Volume 1 contains all the common species, and later volumes cover more unusual species. You can buy these books here.

Shop stock

The latest shops to have this fish stocked in-store are listed below. Click on a shop name for full shop details, or click the link below the shops to view ALL shops that stock this fish.

Maidenhead Aquatics @ Lincoln Lincoln LN6 9BY View shop
Wildwoods Middlesex EN2 9BP View shop

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