Flying Fox/Siamese Algae Eater. What do I have?

  1. gschra11 Initiate Member

    Howdy folks,

    As you may be aware, there is a notorious problem with LFSes selling differing Flying Foxes as Siamese Algae Eaters. These so-called "False SAEs" understandably get confused because the two fish have so many similar features.

    This fish was sold at my LFS as a "Flying Fox," Epalzeorhynchus Kallopterus. However, after browsing all over the internet, it seems that this Flying Fox might actually be a true SAE. (Crossocheilus siamensis)

    I say so because according to a couple of articles I read, a SAE's stripe goes from head to its tail and through the tail fin itself. The articles' state that a Flying Fox's strip stops at the tail and does not go through the fin.

    Also, my fish doesn't have any color on its body that I can see at all. It's dorsal side is silver, not gold, supposedly another distinguishing feature. The fins are translucent with no color.

    What is your opinion?

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  2. temptresstoo Initiate Member

    The mouth looks wrong to be a SAE. They have suction apparatus.

  3. Coradee Moderator Moderator Member

    I'd say it was a siamese algae eater
  4. celizabethh3 Member Member

    I agree with Coradee. Pretty sure you have a true SAE there!

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  5. Dempsey Dude Well Known Member Member

    Yeah I'd say SAE. Looks exactly like the two that I have which I know for a fact are true SAE's.
  6. plecostomuch Member Member

    True sae. Tail stripe looks correct. Good luck!
  7. gschra11 Initiate Member