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Hong Kong plec/Chinese Algae eater?

Discussion in 'Fish and Aquarium - all types' started by 3_second_memory, Feb 8, 2005.

  1. 3_second_memory

    3_second_memory New Member

    ok, well in the uk, i have a fish like a ray, that stays small. I call it a hong kong plec, work call it a chinese algae eater, so i refered to it as a CAE here, and they said the CAE is a loach, but our CAE loaches are just called algae eaters, and these plec things are called chinese algae eaters, but other places call them hong kong plecs.

    aparently they dont have the mouth for a plec, but id consider a CAE one of those loach things, coz we have them at work too.

    any explanation?
  2. Aqueous

    Aqueous New Member

    Hong Kong plecos are not catfish like other plecos, they're hillstream fish. They're also referred to a Borneo plecos. They generally get about 3".

    Hong Kong Pleco:


    CAE's are commonly sold as just "Algae eaters". When I bought my CAE a while back it was just an algae eater.


  3. grnlemonade

    grnlemonade New Member

    i used to have a hongkong pleco.....years ago, i totally forgot about them until i saw that picture......i boguht it under the name "butterfly pleco"
  4. t_chelle16

    t_chelle16 New Member

    I've heard them called hillstream loaches. Saw one at the LFS a while back. Pretty little fish but I don't have anywhere to put one. :(

  5. Blau_the_cow

    Blau_the_cow New Member

    I also saw them under the name of Butterfly Plecostomus. A new pet store just opened up in town and it ships in all kinds of plecostomus'. I absolutely adore plecos, and I wanted to get one of the butteryfly ones, as well as one of the Clown and Spotted ones, but plecos dont do well together, and I already have one to occupy both tanks :( . Oh well though. I can always go and look at them. :wink:
  6. grnlemonade

    grnlemonade New Member

    i ahve only seen the plecos once though, and that was about 2 years ago.....havnt seen them since.
  7. tski22

    tski22 New Member

    I saw them recently in an lfs and was going to purchase one but thoguht twice and decided tor esearch. Maybe I should get one for my 15 gallon.
  8. t_chelle16

    t_chelle16 New Member

    From what little I've been able to find on them, they prefer slightly cooler water (around 72ish) and are fairly delicate.

  9. Hai

    Hai New Member

    3_second_memory, Aqueous is accurate on the names and pictures. The rest are also correct on the names Butterfly Pleco / Hillstream Loach. It is also called Stingray Pleco. From its scientific name Gastromyzon borneensis you can see that it is from Borneo Island in South East Asia. From one of its names Hillstream Loach you can see that it needs strong current in aquarium.

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