need help in identifying a fish Help

Discussion in 'Fish, Snail, Worm And Pest ID Help' started by alobaba, Jul 10, 2014.

  1. alobabaNew MemberMember

    hi guys, i recently got this fish from a friend of mine. i have no idea what kind it is and neither does he. was checking if any of u guys might know.its about 3 to 5 cm long,very thin and long.they seem to like hiding under the rocks in my aquarium.any ideas about what type of fish it is and any advice in taking care of it?
     

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  2. KarenLM

    KarenLMWell Known MemberMember

    It looks like a Siamese Flying Fox. They are algae eaters, grow to about 5" and mine does hide regularly. Liveaquaria has it listed under sharks, but it is related to minnows. The Flying Fox's black line continues onto the tail.
     
  3. TankMaster25Valued MemberMember

    It looks like a zebra danio so don't put guppies cause he will nip at their fins and cause stress that can lead to death. Is that the only fish u have in the tank

    Also it could be a Chinese or Siamese algae eater and need to have some type of algae to eat so I recommend 1 algae wafer for them. How long have you had your tank? What are the water conditions? Is your tank fully cycled?
     




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    alobabaNew MemberMember

    yea my tank is fully cycled. and i dont think its a zebra danio. it does look a lot like the siamese algae eater however the siamese algae eater's stripe is supposed to go horizontally all the way til the end of the tail. however with these ones the stripe reaches the tail and then goes up vertically.so im not really sure whether thats normal or if its just a different type of fish.
     




  5. TankMaster25Valued MemberMember

    Since it is extremely close to a Siamese algae eater probably just a different type of Siamese algae eater but you should definitely get it checked by your LFS to tell you what it is, how to care for it (water quality etc.) and what fish go good with yours.
     
  6. celizabethh3

    celizabethh3Valued MemberMember

    It could also be a Flying Fox or a False Siamensis. They look similar. Does the black stripe extend through their tail fins? I have no experience with any of these species (except CAE and that's definitely not what you have) so hopefully someone else will be able to help with tips for their care. :) I know that they aren't "true algae eaters" (they'd rather flake food and pellets.. among other things) aside from the SAE.

    These links have descriptions for all of them - CAE, False/SAE and a Flying Fox. Does yours fit any of the descriptions? Or is there any way you could take more photos or a video for us?

     

    https://www.fishlore.com/aquariummagazine/may08/siamese-algae-eater-id.htm

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  7. Coradee

    CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    It looks like a siamese algae eater but that black tail marking isn't right, & from the pics the nose doesn't look right either.
    Can you try & get a good clear side on pic?
     
  8. slayer980

    slayer980Valued MemberMember

    I agree with celizabetth3. I was just at my lfs today and looking at the flying fox. Urs look alot like what I was looking at. And if I remember they can get to like 6 or 8 inches. I maybe wrong though. Im still new to fishkeeping. Only had my tank since feb.

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  9. hampalong

    hampalongWell Known MemberMember

    I've seen these before but their I'd escapes me. It's nothing that has been mentioned so far. Some kind of goby or gudgeon? There aren't that many freshwater fish with double dorsal fins (or if not double then it's quite far back towards the tail).
     
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    alobabaNew MemberMember

    alright tanx guys.ill try getting some better pics of it and post it shortly
     
  11. KarenLM

    KarenLMWell Known MemberMember

    I didn't notice that. It does look different at the tail; and the stripe doesn't seem to go past the eyes either. My Flying Fox has the line right to the tip of his nose.
     
  12. Crissandra331

    Crissandra331Valued MemberMember

    Just when I think I put my finger on what family they come from i get stumped...probably a dumb question cause their still alive, but any chance they could be ridiculously hardy saltwater wrasses? ;) Not likely huh, search continues..

    I keep looking at its face and I keep getting this Cichlid feeling....still looking though.

     
     
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  13. celizabethh3

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  14. hampalong

    hampalongWell Known MemberMember

    Can I put one of these pictures on another forum? I'm sure you'll get a positive I'd there.
     
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    alobabaNew MemberMember

    yea sure hampalong, go ahead. here are a few more pics,hope it helps.

     

     

     

     
     
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  16. celizabethh3

    celizabethh3Valued MemberMember

    I don't think it's any sort of algae eaters previously mentioned based on the recent pictures. What part of the tank (top, bottom) is it usually swimming around?


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    alobabaNew MemberMember

    it mainly stays at the bottom of the tank.they seem to like hiding under the rocks in my tank,they burrow into the gravel and hide underneath the rocks,kinda like an eel.
     
  18. hampalong

    hampalongWell Known MemberMember

    The good news.... they are Parioglossus, probably P. rainfordi.

    The bad news... they are brackish/marine, from tidal coastal mangroves and reefs. They probably won't last long in freshwater.

     
     
  19. Lucy

    LucyModeratorModerator Member

    ****Threads merged. Duplicate posts removed*****

    It's only necessary to start one thread for a question.
     




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