Siamese algae eater

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My friend gave me one of his siamese algae eaters and I'm wondering if they need drift wood to graze on? I should mention he's very small only 2 weeks old. My friend breeds all types of fish.

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Got a pic? They dont graze on driftwood, but they do a very good job cleaning up and eating algae. Try to get at least two more, they're a little skittish if alone.
 

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I plan on getting more, I got the last one of the latest fry. I just added him to my tank so he's hiding can't get a pic till later.

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R they usually skittish when put in a new aquarium? This is my first one. I plan on getting more at the lfs if they have them.

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They're not supposed to be, but that could be because you only have one right now. When I got my first one, it was skittish also and was hiding everywhere.. I got the other 5 and now they're all over the place lol.
 

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How big is the tank, I think I remember you had a hex?
 

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He had a 25 gallon tank which turned out to actually only be 18 gallons, if I remember correctly... which would make this tank too small for a SAE, they grow up to 6".
 

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That's what I was thinking, it's too small for one let alone getting more
 

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The new lfs that I went to they have the exact same tank as mine, selling as a 20 gallon. My friend that breeds the fish to sell to pet stores, told me 20 gallons is plenty for 1.

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Well he's wrong, the minimum tank size for a 6" fish should be 55 gallons, or anything with at least a 48" footprint.
 

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I'm new to the fish hobby, and I'm getting confused. 1 person says it's fine another says it's not. The dimensions of the tank is 20 inches height by 10 inches long.

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Each of the 6 sides is 10 inches long.

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It's not just about turning space, its also about lateral swimming space. Any experienced fishkeeper on these forums will tell you that 20 gallons is far too little for a 6" fish.
 

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Can you please tell me what fish are able to live in this tank? I will make arrangements to take the fish back. I just need some guidance, like I mentioned this is my second aquarium in my life, the first one was when I was a kid.

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There are plenty of small fish that grow up to 2" in your tank size. Tetras, guppies, platies, corydoras. If you need a cleaner-type fish, in a 20 gallon, its better to go with an Otocinclus or BN pleco than a SAE.

They are very sensitive to water conditions so you need a well-established tank though.
 

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OK thanks very much. I will bring the sae back to the lfs.

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What about a clown pleco? The lfs will take the sae my friend gave me and swap it for a clown pleco. The lfs doesn't have bushynose plecos.

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Yes that should work, but keep in mind that clown plecos are quite shy and you will rarely see it out and about until nighttime.
 

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I'm not sure if I read this right, but did you say the dimension of your tank is 10L x 10W x 20H? If so, then you tank is a little under 10 gallons and that won't be big enough for even a clown pleco.
 

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I think he has a hexagonal tank? Or was that someone else?
 

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Oh, right. You said above that it's hex that's about 18 gallons. Even so, with it only being 10 by 10 at its max, I still think that's too small. In general, it's best to have a large base than a tall tank. I think a clown pleco would be okay in a standard 20 or better yet a 20 long, but not the hex.
 
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