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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-11-2003, 02:19 AM Thread Starter
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I have one large algae eater, it is about 3 1/2" - 4" long, and I was wondering has it ever been know for them to eat a whole fish (neon)? I am missing a neon and can't find it anywhere. I have lifted all the decorations, plants and looked in the filter, even though I know they couldn't possibly fit in the intake tube and it is just not any where in sight. All my other fish couldn't swallow one of them whole, their mouths aren't big enough. It is just really weird. I had four and bought two more, now I have six again.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-11-2003, 02:31 AM
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Um, did you look on the floor, behind the tank?


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is it a chinease algae eater? they often decide a fishes slime coat is better than algae...could have killed the neon, and it got sucked into filter?

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Check the filter, it's not impossible. I just found a Harlequin Rasbora and a Pygmy Cory, alive and well, inside my filter. No idea how they got in there, but they did. Musta pulled a Nemo.

And like SCMurphy put it.... check the floor...
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I found my harlequin rasbora between the glass and the background... go figure.

What kind of algae eater do you have? Ditch it for an Oto for smaller tanks or Siamese Algae Eater for bigger tanks.

An SAE is sitting in a tank at Pet Club(Hesperian), labeled as a Chinese Flying Fox.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-11-2003, 04:02 PM
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many algae eaters will eat a dead fish. very few would attack a healthy FAST one like a neon.

i don't think a chinese algae eater could ever catch a healthy neon. their reputation is more for attaching to slow, large fish. i bet your little guy died and was quickly recycled.
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CAEs are among the fastest fish anywhere in short bursts--I have no doubt they'd be able to chase down a neon if they wanted to! But I agree with Mori: They'd be much too lazy to develop the initiative to actually hunt down a healthy neon, especially when there are much easier means of obtaining food (algae or the owner, for example). Plus they have scraping/sucker-type mouths that aren't designed for swallowing sizeable foods, unless the CAE was a full-grown specimen or close to it.
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