Siamese Algae Eater Care Guide

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Siamese Algae Eater
(Crossochelius siamensis)

Common names:
Siamese algae eater, SAE

Size: 12-15cm

pH: 6.5-8.0

Tempº: 22ºC - 28ºC

Tank region: Middle-bottom layer

Origin: Thailand

Gender: Mature females are more plump.

Notes: Well known among planted aquarists, this brilliant algae eating fish is often confused for the more aggressive Flying fox and False Siamese algae eaters. The difference is that the Flying fox’s stripe, unlike the true SAE’s, has straight edges and does not extend to the tail. The false Siamese on the other hand, has a gold stripe above the black one.

This fish has no Swim-bladder, so it must stay swimming to keep afloat. This is why you will see your SAE resting on a rock sometimes. The Siamese algae eater is valued by fishkeepers because it is one of the only fish that will eat Hair and Thread algae, and also eats virtually indestructible Black beard algae among others. If there is no algae available, it is important to supplement it’s diet with sinking algae wafers, and blanched vegetables like you would a pleco.

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