South American Cichlids • Algae Eaters for GT tank?

Discussion regarding only South American Cichlid species. (Oscars, Geophagines, Discus, Apistogramma, Green Terrors, Angels, Severums, Pikes, etc.)

Moderators: notho2000, Iggy Newcastle

Algae Eaters for GT tank?

Postby Tim_got_fish » Fri Feb 26, 2021 2:31 pm

I have a young male GT, around 4". He's in a 75 gallon with a school of a dozen congo tetras and he gets along just fine with them. I tried adding a small (1.5") SAE and it either jumped out of the tank or it got eaten by the GT, because it simply disappeared after being in the tank for 4 days (after it had been quarantined and seemed healthy). I'm looking for a fish mostly just to keep the drift wood rocks, and plant leaves algae-free. Also I've been thinking about adding a school of clown loaches, but I've heard mixed opinions of loaches with cichlids. I'd love to hear any input.
Joined: Fri Feb 26, 2021 2:23 pm
Location: Ohio

Share On:

Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter

Re: Algae Eaters for GT tank?

Postby Auballagh » Fri Feb 26, 2021 3:54 pm

It's possible that something as small as your SAE was just eaten by the GT. There's not much to those, and if it will fit in a cichlid's mouth? Well... :?
You may want to consider something a bit more robust. A Rhino or Chocolate Pleco, Pterygoplichthys scrophus could be just the thing.


These catfish are actually omnivorous, but they will perform pretty well in algae clean up duties. This species can grow to a fairly heavy bodied length of up to 11 inches. But, that kind of size will take years and years to achieve as they are pretty slow growers. Provide plenty of caves and hiding spots to keep it mostly out of sight of the GT. And, I would recommend purchasing one with a little size to it ($$$) at 4 to 5 inches in length or so, to avoid a repeat of the missing SAE situation.
As far as the Clown Loaches (CL) go, you're looking once again at a question of size. If you purchase the cheaper, tiny, bite sized morsels? Don't be too surprised if Mr. Cichlid has a go at them. You'll want get CL at a minimum of 4 inches in length, (bigger is better) before I would trust them in there with the GT. :)
Find What You Love And Let It kill You!
What matters most is how well you walk through the fire...
- Charles Bukowski -
User avatar
Joined: Wed Jan 29, 2003 7:05 pm
Location: Virginia Beach, VA. US of A

Return to South American Cichlids

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 9 guests