Crossocheilus siamensis

 

Overview:

    The Siamese Algae eater is an interesting and fun fish to watch, especially when in their natural habitat, being a planted community aquarium. These Algae Eaters are not to be confused with the Chinese Algae Eater

Quick stats:

Listed tank sizes are the minimum
Size: May grow up to 6 inches (15cm) in length, however these fish usually grow to around 4-5 inches.(10-12.5 cm)
Tank: 25 gal minimum
Strata: Bottom, Middle
PH: Soft, acidic water, PH 6.2-8.0
Hardness: 5° – 20° dH
Temperature: 70°F to 84°F (21°-29° C)

Classification:

Order: Cypriniformes
Family: Cyprinidae
Genus: Crossocheilus
Species: siamensis

Common name:

 

Siamese Algae Eaters

    , (SAE)

Distribution

    Flowing waters of Thailand and the Malay peninsula.

General Body Form:

    Slender and elongate body with a slighly flat belly.

Coloration:

    Grayish-brown fish with a distinctive black horizontal stripe.

Maintenance:

    These fish are omnivores, but their diet is mainly based on plant matter. These fish should be kept in planted community aquariums where there are no aggressive fish and the tank has an abundant source of hair algae, thread algae, and other types of ‘brush’ algae that most occurs in planted aquariums. SAE should be put in a planted tank a few weeks after it has been established, once the alga begins to grow. The SAE is capable of eating algae in hard to reach places, as well as algae that grows on leaves and stems, where it is unpractical to scrape off. Once the algae supply runs low, however, the SAE will look into other food sources, such as moss and soft leaved plants. Good tankmates for the SAE include all non-aggressive community fish, mainly gouramis, charachins, Apisstogramma, loaches, and cory catfish. The SAE, when coupled with the Amano shrimp (Japonica amino), can deliver a knockout punch to any algae-ridden tank! The Siamese Algae eater is an interesting and fun fish to watch, especially when in their natural habitat, being a planted community aquarium. These Algae Eaters are not to be confused with the Chinese Algae Eater. The Chinese Algae eater’s main food is not algae, per say, but tends to be a meat or flake eater. Also, the CAE grows 4 inches longer than the SAE, and is quite territorial.

Biotope:

    Their natural habitats are streams and rivers as well as flooded forests during the rainy season.

Breeding:Unknown, I have not seen any reports of tank breeding.

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