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True Siamese Algae Eater

Crossocheilus siamensis

These are the true SAE that a good algae eaters.

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 True Siamese Algae Eaters or Crossocheilus Siamensis  are great peacful fish that are an excellent way of controlling algae.  They are often confused with their imposter fish, Flying Foxes, who are sometimes sold as True Algae Eaters, but are not the same.

 

True Siamese Algae Eaters may get up to around 5 inches long when fully grown.  They are peaceful fish and may be kept in community tanks with other non aggressive fish.  They also like to be kept with others of their own species, and sometimes become timid and shy when not kept in a group.  Algae eaters are extremely easy to feed.  They do eat algae, but will also accept almost all types of dried foods as well such as algae wafers and flake foods.  These fish are prized because they will eat all kinds of algae rather than just the super tasty types that other fish and shrimp will pick at. They prefer temperatures of 72-82 and a PH of 6.5-8.0.  True Siamese Algae eaters should always be kept in a tank with a cover on it as they are capable of jumping high enough to escape the tank if no cover is there to stop them.  These fish are extremely hard to sex because the only way to tell sex is by the larger size of the female when they are fully grown, but they are slow growers and are not considered maximum size until they are about 3 years old.  While it's possible, they are not likely to breed in freshwater captivity.

 

True Siamese Algae eaters are wonderful additions to your freshwater aquarium as they are easy to care for, interesting fish to watch, and also extremely efficient in algae control.

 

 

 

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