Online Aquarium Fish Magazine | Identifying the Siamese Algae Eater
The Siamese Algae Eater is more closely related to Barbs, and closer related to Red Tail Sharks, Flying Fox and similar fish.
im so confused here. im just starting out and i need help understanding Siamese Algae Eater (SAE), and Flying Fox. i read in some forums that these two species have a different look, and are not the same fish. my concern is aggressive and once older if they stop eating algae like a chinese algae eater. so are they one in the same? what am i misunderstanding here?
The fun thing is that my article even contains a photo where you can see both fishes as they sold me both species as mentioned. Look at the second photo and on the fish at top. This is a Flying Fox while all the others are siamese algae eaters on the photo. You can see it as the Flying Fox has a white body under the black line while a Siamese Algae Eater has it golden like above the black line.
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Siamese algae eater - AC Tropical Fish
This article talks about five fishes from Thailand andneighboring areas, including the elusive Siamese Algae Eater() which is the only known fish toeffectively eat red (beard/brush) algae. The other four fishesare (1) a very similar fish which we call the "false siamensis,"(2) a more colorful relative - the Flying Fox (), (3) another species and (4) theChinese algae eater. To the casual observer, all fish may lookthe same at first. Even some reputable aquarium texts haveconfused the real and false siamensis. A summary table isincluded at the end to compare the distinguishing features among theseinteresting fishes.Right now you are bound to think “Does it really matter if I get the true Siamese algae eater or the false one?”. The answer is that it very well might. The false Siamese algae eater is not as good an algae eater as the true one and more importantly is more aggressive towards other fish species than the Siamese algae eater. It is therefore much less suitable for a community aquarium with friendly fish.has a peculiar resting position: it doesn't lie flaton its belly but keeps its body propped up with its tail, pelvicand pectoral fins. Young fish sometimes rest on broad leaves,adult specimens prefer resting on bottom or dense, low plantslike . The swim bladder is not very developed, sothe fish can't stay in midwater but it must be in constant motionor it sinks. Siamese Algae Eater is not very demanding. Suitable temperatureis 24-26 C (75-79F). They can tolerate pH from 5.5 to 8.0, but6.5-7.0 is ideal.Siamese algae eaters leave most plants alone but might eat Duckweed (Lemna minor) and the roots of the water hyacinth. They are best kept in schools. True Siamese algae eaters are peaceful and can be kept in community tanks with most other friendly fish. Avoid keeping them with long finned fish as they might bite the fins on long finned fish. The aquarium should be at least 25 gallon / 100 L.