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Algae Eaters???

Badmans Tropical Fish Message Center: Beginner freshwater : Algae Eaters???
  

SteveW

Monday, January 28, 2002 - 10:36 am
Does anyone know if there is a signifigant reason to get a siamese algae eater as opposed to a flying fox or a chinese algae eater. I want the best fish for eating all sorts of green algae. I already have a pleco and it is doing a great job at cleaning the driftwood, but thats where it stops. Any suggestions????

  

jeff s

Monday, January 28, 2002 - 01:41 pm
steve get the siamese flying fox(crossocheilus siamensis)..be sure it is the right one not the chinese algea eater (easliy confused)...there are lots of algea eaters out there.. my pics for planted tanks are otocinulus(otto cats)lots of them maybe a small pleco that will not damge the plants like a zebra...and the key guys I love are shrimp! lots!..Yamoto numbia-ebi shrimp,cardina japonica...the others can give you a list of their favorites too...

  

SteveW

Monday, January 28, 2002 - 10:23 pm
http://www.wetwebmedia.com/saesagb.htm
Jeff. I did some research and I got four of these SAEs after buying one of those Chinese Algea Eaters the other day. I found them in Millis Massachusettes at a wonderful place called "Uncle Ned's Fish Factory". They are the only one around that had them. And I drove from central New Hampshire to get them. They had a wonderful supply of plants and fish. Thier inventory is on thier website @:
http://www.unclenedsfishfactory.com
Thankyou for your Help yet again.

  

Chris R.

Tuesday, January 29, 2002 - 10:31 am
Is it true that siamese flying foxes can't be bred in captivity?

  

jeff s

Tuesday, January 29, 2002 - 11:50 am
my my steve you are one guy who does his homework,,thanks for the link to the siamese Algea eater(crossocheilus siamensis)..these guys can be real hard to get and petshops all over get them way confused with the other algea eaters..and Chris R. as far as I know know one has ever bred these fish in the aquaruim setting..In thailand they bred them buy introducing hormones to their system...I also know that underwood and linder have done some breeding studies on them which I have not been able to find the articles..however there are reports of mating and eggs found in the females but that's about it...it certainly would be intresting to follow up on..if anyone else has heard something let us all know...

  

SteveW

Tuesday, January 29, 2002 - 02:07 pm
Actually I know of a breeding attempt that will be occuing in a Large man made pool/pond this summer season in Massachusetts. These folks have had some success with other hard to breed species. I wish them luck.

  

jeff s

Tuesday, January 29, 2002 - 03:44 pm
holy man steve this is news!..the pond/pool thing is how they are breeding them in Thailand too I believe..wow I wish these people success..saty informed..they may have something worth publishing!!

  

SteveW

Tuesday, January 29, 2002 - 10:19 pm
Absolutely. I am sure I will continue to shop there on an infrequent basis. I will keep you informed.

 

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