Are These True Siamese Algae Eaters?

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  1. Jamexman

    JamexmanNew MemberMember

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    Hi,

    I went to my local Petsmart and they had them labeled as Siamese Flying Foxes, however I'm almost sure they're actually true Siamese Algae eaters. They don't have the white/gold stripe over the black one, the black stripe runs all the way to the end of the tail fin (foxes don't) and their fins don't have any coloring, oh, and these guys school together.

    Even the store guy thought indeed they had them mislabeled. If they are true SAE, then quite a catch, since they were $2.29 lol.

    Can any one confirm that from my pics?

    Thanks!


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    They look like my SAE to me. I'd say yes.
     
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    Cool, I hope so. Do they eat algae good? Which types?
     
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    Younger SAE are known to be particularly good at eating BBA. As they get older, they tend to just eat produce and prepared foods offered - which should be done anyway, to ensure they have a balanced diet.
     
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    Thanks!

    By the way, if anyone interested in getting them, go to your local PetSmart, I just went to 3 stores and they all have them as Siamese flying foxes. Seems the mislabeling is at a corporate level. They're just 2 bucks and change each. Just make sure they're really SAE's per the first post!
     
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    Siamese Flying Fox is another name for SAE.
     
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    I don't think so. They're different, but close enough they're usually confused.

    SAE's are Crossocheilus oblongus, SFF are Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus.





    Check the pic bellow, that's a SFF. Notice the white stripe on top of the black? Fins are also colored and black stripe doesn't go all the way to the end of the tail fin.[​IMG]
     
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    Be careful when you buy from Petsmart. I've seen them carrying these for almost a year and they mix SAEs with Flying Fox, selling both as Siamese flying fox.
     
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    I don't doubt that. If they mislabeled them, anything can occur. I only bought 4 at the same time and examined them very close and thank God they're SAE's. You can tell the differences if you take your time to examine them carefully. Just wanted reassurance, thus the thread. Good PSA though, thanks!
     
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    The age old problem with common names. Siamese Flying Fox is another commonly used name for Siamese Algae Eater. The Flying Fox is not (usually) the Siamese Flying Fox.
     
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    At least I know that Petsmart carries them. Thank you for the information.
     
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    Definitely true sae's because they have the black strip all the way into their fin and they are less colorful (most fake siamese algae eaters or flying foxes are more colorful).
     
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    I also agree they are true SAE. My local Petco recently started carrying them. The manager of the fish department is surprisingly well knowledged and confirmed he did order SAE specifically. They are great BBA eaters when young but then as they age and grow like the above has stated they steer more towards prepared foods. Good Luck with them. They get pretty big 5" or so. As a side note i think another way to recognize the difference between them and SFF is the SAE's black line is a little more jagged where as the SFF has a true straight black line that does not extend the length of the body.
     
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