Acquired: Fish / pet store
Posted Aug 27, 2014
I feel that writing this review is a little bit like admitting to murder as I have had absolutely no luck with any of my algae eaters - both as indoor and outdoor fish. I think the longest lived one lasted about 3 days...
Algae eaters sound great in principle, something to help reduce the burden of cleaning your tank, they're apparently quite placid fish and they look cool as well. I've tried them in both an outdoor pond and indoor aquarium and both lots died within a few days, despite giving them specially designed food and there quite clearly being algae/vegetation present. I don't think it was a bad batch of fish either as I've generally had a lot of success with fish from this pet store and many have been very long lived. They also weren't visibly ill either.
Although I wouldn't describe myself as an expert fish owner, I've certainly successfully kept many other varieties of fish with no problems and never had problems like I've had with these. I assume they've starved to death as they lasted such a short time and I'd followed all the advice on introducing them to the water etc. so it might be worth doing a bit more reading before you buy any to ensure the best way to care for them. They don't seem to be very hardy in my experience and I have no desire to experiment and kill any more fish in the process!