What is a false siamese algae eater?

redmare

I was at my LFS the other day and I saw this tank labelled false siamese algae eaters. I was wondering, is that the flying fox? How are they different from true SAEs, and how can I tell the difference? I'm thinking of having SAEs in my 80 gallon, but I keep hearing about the Chinese algae eater and the flying fox and how they look so similar but are totally different in the tank, and I really don't want to end up with the wrong one. Thanks all!
Screen Shot 2020-10-22 at 1.44.35 PM.png

714200-787ffbed4a5f004dcf7b413f4a117f3f.png
 

Attachments

  • Screen Shot 2020-10-22 at 1.44.35 PM.png
    Screen Shot 2020-10-22 at 1.44.35 PM.png
    830.8 KB · Views: 33
  • Screen Shot 2020-10-22 at 1.44.49 PM.png
    Screen Shot 2020-10-22 at 1.44.49 PM.png
    653.9 KB · Views: 35

Janice1979

False Siamese is a flying fox. Flying fox are more territorial and aggressive than true Siamese algae eaters. Flying fox will often have reddish marking in the tail and or yellow in the ventral and pectoral fins. The black line on their side will only go from head to where the tail starts. With a true Siamese algae eater, it will have none of the red or yellow and the black line will go all the way to the end of the tail. A Chinese algae eater which is on occasion also confused with these two, has a more blurred edge to the black line. Those guys are also more aggressive and can grow up to a foot long.

If you search Siamese algae eater on YouTube and scroll down to the one by Uri Sasha, you can see close up video of both the Siamese algae eater and the flying fox.
 
Upvote 0

Janice1979

Also, it can be hard to see in a slaw tank, but Siamese algae eater will only have 2 barbels on the mouth; one either side. Flying fox have a total of 4; so 2 on either side.
 
Upvote 0

chromedome52

False Siamese is a flying fox. Flying fox are more territorial and aggressive than true Siamese algae eaters. Flying fox will often have reddish marking in the tail and or yellow in the ventral and pectoral fins. The black line on their side will only go from head to where the tail starts. With a true Siamese algae eater, it will have none of the red or yellow and the black line will go all the way to the end of the tail. A Chinese algae eater which is on occasion also confused with these two, has a more blurred edge to the black line. Those guys are also more aggressive and can grow up to a foot long.

If you search Siamese algae eater on YouTube and scroll down to the one by Uri Sasha, you can see close up video of both the Siamese algae eater and the flying fox.

The False SAE is not the Flying Fox, it is Garra taeniata. Flying Fox is darker and more colorful than either of those species. Garra does not have the lateral band going into the caudal fin. Hard to see in the photo provided, but I'd say they are Garra.
 
Upvote 0

Janice1979

Thanks chromedome52 I learned something new. It’s not 2 but 3 fish species commonly mistaken for each other; I guess.
 
Upvote 0

Similar Aquarium Threads

Replies
10
Views
211
Champanier
Replies
7
Views
127
Champanier
  • Question
Replies
12
Views
204
skar
Replies
12
Views
636
holty2503
Replies
10
Views
284
86 ssinit

Latest Aquarium Threads

Top Bottom