Looks like a big Gyrinocheilus aymonieri var. "gold"
I saw you post this in another thread and people quickly corrected you. Please note that while you MIGHT be having success with one of these beasts of the tank, the predominant experience is usually negative. They eat algae while very young, then prefer to suck the slime coating/sides of their tank mates, often killing them. I wish stores would quit carrying them, myself but if you wish to keep them, it's your tank. :flick:hello "hollingsheadj"
the fish in your picture is whats called a golden chinese algae eater.
they are a bottom dwelling fish but do sometimes swim in the upper layers of the water.
there not fussy eaters, flake foods, algae tablets, frozen, live foods will all be readily accepted by this fish.
they like to hide alot, so a planted tank is best for them with plenty of hiding places.
wont harm any plants.
bad side to this fish is that they can only be kept ideally on there own as they get very terrortorial when they reach there adult size, which yours almost or probably already is.
they will attack small fish but if kept with larger fish then it shouldn't be a problem, and will deffinatly feed on any dead fish or invert in the tank.
can become a very boistroise fish, but an all round fantastic algae cleaner!
If you never had one reach 12" then it died before reaching its full potential. I personally HAVE seen them in the 10" range. They loose most of their color and pattern and are a plain grey-brown fish.NO THEY DONT!
chinese algae eaters dont get there name for nothing!
there do get aggresive yes, but if placed in a large tank with plants and larger fish then they will not cause that much of a problem. and the chances of them being aggresive is greatly reduced.
i have kept many algae eaters, and they have reached ther full size, and they dont reach 12 inches...
my kissing gourami reaches 12 inches in size not a loach!
they reach around 6 inches, 7 at a push
and my algae eaters never stopped eating neusance algae. not ever, they cleared it all up without a problem, hence why if people choose to buy a clean up crew they usually get given snails, clown loaches, algae eaters and mayb shrimps.
any fish can be aggresive...and you cant prove that thats not true, because you can never judge any animal of any size.
the chinese algae eater is just as essential in a tropical tank with an algae problem as any other clean up fish.
if you kept algae eaters in a tank...and there was algae...and they was hungry what they going to eat? ALGAE no matter what their size!
how can you say, (correct me if im wrong) that a fish will stop eating a certain thing at a certain age or size? you dont kno what a fish eats every minute of the day do you!
to a fish food is food...simple as that, if its ther and they can eat it and there hungry then of course they are going to eat it!