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Siamese Algae Eater

Discussion in 'Fish for Planted Tanks' started by reef12, Jan 18, 2015.

  1. reef12

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    Hello again anybody use them fellows in the Subject?


    Was thinking of adding 3 to the 125 will they mess with the Otos , Neons, Cherry shrimp?


    Thanks


    Jeff
     
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    Mine leave the Otos alone. They are omnivores and have gone after smaller Endlers, worms, etc, so I would be cautious with shrimp. May want to check some id charts to make sure you get what you think. If you get Chinese algae eaters by mistake all bets are off - I hear those get nasty.... Not sure about flying fox. The 3 are very similar and easily misidentified.
     
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    I have exactly the same species in my tank, they have all been together for over two years without problems however the sae Crossocheilus siamensis? are getting pretty big but still everything seems fine.
     
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    I think the difference is the black stripe goes from nose tip to tail end on a sae but not on Chinese or flying fox.
     
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    Thanks what I read also, will add some soon.


    Bummer more algae eaters, then fish here soon.


    Well the kind that just swim around.


    Jeff
     
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    Well do these look like them fish. SAE's?


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    Thanks


    Jeff
     
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    Hard to tell from the pic, but looks like them. The black stripe should extend into the tail fin, and there should also be one pair of barbels by the mouth. The


    Dorsal fin coloration and the striping look right.
     
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    I think so also, and the line does extend into the tail.


    and that bag of green poop is a give away I think, maybe two more then.


    Thanks Toads74.


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    if I understand correctly, C. siamensis is hardly ever exported.


    the fish you want is C. langei. easily recognized by a black ventral/anal blotch.


    greets,


    yme
     
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    Damn it all confused now.


    Jeff
     
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    No problem. I'm pretty sure you have the right ones. Got mine a few years ago and I don't think they'll ever starve if I stop feeding them... If I don't over feed they'll graze a good part of the day.
     
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    Been trying to get some in tank pics but seem to be hiding real good.


    Yesterday all over the rocks eating away.
     
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    True SAE's have a more pointed sharper tip on the head/nose. They do more work and are a bit more peaceful. That ends as they get larger.
     
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    Any better, and I am thinking the fox as now wait for me to feed the fish and right there getting some also.


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    Jeff
     
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    I have one in my tank and it's hard for me to tell whether it is an SAE or a Flying fox. Looking at these pics, it looks like the most noticeable difference is that there's some coloration on the dorsal, pelvic, and anal fin. Right???
     
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    Yes. The mouth is also slightly different - the sae has one pair of barbels and the ff has two pairs, which would be more definitive.
     
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    The ones I had were more or less peaceful. But big. And a bunch of new neons tetras went missing almost immediately and given that the SAEs made a beeline for them, I'm thinking snackfood, but there's one Angel in the tank so I'm pretty sure he was a co-conspirator. They also didn't really seem to do that great of a job given that one was football ( american ) shaped with fins and probably was too lazy to really clean the tank vs eat the Cory food. Nice looking fish though, and pretty active, which may not be what you want. I ended up with a Panda Garra after selling the SAEs back to the LFS. Less chaos in the tank now.
     
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    I have found my sae to be great somtimes crusies around with the tetras and bn algae no more
     
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