The elongated, cylindrical alet, also known as chub or reed carp, is lead-gray on top with a greenish or brownish shimmer. The scales have dark edges. It lives in various water habitats but always prefers the areas close to the surface. While younger animals feed on small creatures, the larger ones are known as ravenous predators and spawn eaters with a special preference for cherries and cockchafers. Larger specimens are popular as magnificent exhibits in fishtanks.