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Doctor Fish | Garra rufa | Algae Eating Nano Fish

The Garra Rufa, commonly known as the Doctor Fish, is a unique and fascinating species that has gained popularity as an aquarium fish due to its ability to eat algae. This small freshwater fish, which typically grows to only a few inches in length, is native to the Middle East, where it was originally used in spas for its therapeutic abilities.

One of the key features of the Doctor Fish is its ability to eat algae, which makes it an excellent addition to any aquarium setup. This fish is particularly well-suited to small aquariums, where its size and algae-eating habits make it an ideal cleaner for maintaining a healthy environment.

Compared to other species of Garra, such as the Panda Garra, the Doctor Fish is particularly adept at eating algae. While the Panda Garra is also a great algae eater, it tends to prefer larger pieces of food and may not be as efficient at keeping the tank clean as the Doctor Fish.

In addition to its algae-eating abilities, the Doctor Fish is also a social and active species that can provide entertainment for aquarium enthusiasts. These fish are known for their playful behavior and can often be seen darting around the tank or interacting with other fish.

Overall, the Doctor Fish is an excellent choice for anyone looking to add a small, active, and efficient algae-eater to their aquarium setup. With its unique appearance and entertaining behavior, it is sure to be a popular addition to any collection.

Our Food Recommendation for Algae Eaters: 

NorthFin Kelp Wafers
NorthFin Veggie
NorthFin Community

Our Tank Parameters

  • Ph: 6.5 to 7.5
  • Gh: 8 to 16
  • Kh:  4 to 7
  • TDS: 180 to 250
  • Temp: 70 to 78

Tank Recommendations

  • Rock: Smooth rock (round in shape)
  • Cones: Alder Cones
  • Plants: Java Ferns, Anubias, Sagittaria, Cryptocorene

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Isaiah Sawyers
Great and fast service

Great turn around time, with awesome and healthy livestock. Will definitely oder more.

Lee Bentley

Great condition on arrival! These little fish are all go, very little chill. Great little algae eaters. I love them already!

Shawnda McCollum
Energetic and fun fish

I originally put three of these in my 22 gallon shrimp tank. I didn't notice any predation on behalf of the garra rufas, however, they got large enough pretty quickly that I felt they'd be better suited to my 125 community tank with my panda garras, cories, roselines, rainbows, and rummynose tetras. They are hard workers when it comes to eating algae and will also clean up any leftover food. They do tend to get very excited at dinnertime and will sometimes knock other fish out of the way but it's not due to aggression but exuberance. They are more like clumsy puppies with big feet. They are fun to watch and tend to hang out in close proximity with one another but aren't afraid to go it alone as well.

Leslee Mallard

I am happy with my fish.

Awesome little fish.

In my humble opinion these guys do best in a colder setup. I have a group that I keep and use a chiller with. They seem so much happier when at 70 degrees or so. I am a huge garra fan and these are such a fun little fish with the personality of a big one. Where panda garra's and the like are ok by themselves these guys really do better in bigger groups. They have a very playful nature and are so much fun to watch. Do yourself a favor and put twelve of these guys in your next larger community tank and get bitten by the garra bug like me!