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This is a tropical fish site for all tropical fish enthusiasts from beginner to expert. It has some nice tropical fish pictures and will hopefully have something of interest for all freshwater and marine fish keepers. These tropical fish pages provide some information about some of my favourite fish, along with tropical fish pictures of them. I have kept fish for many years now, ranging from community to marine. Over this period I have been drawn towards catfish, and the cichlids, which I must confess, through there antics have become my favourites. I now keep African and American cichlids, along with some catfish and plecs.

 
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Siamese Algae Eater

Picture of Siamese Algae Eater
Common nameSiamese Algae Eater
Scientific nameCrossocheilus siamensis
SynonymsSiamese flying fox
SizeUp to 6" (15cm)
OriginS.E.Asia
Tank setupPlanted community tank
CompatibilitySuitable for the community tank, less aggressive than some of its look-alikes (see below).
Temperature24-26oC (75-79oF)
Water chemistryFairly soft, neutral/slightly acidic (pH 6.0-7.5)
FeedingOmnivorous, some vegetable component to the diet is recommended.
SexingUnknown
BreedingNo reports of aquarium breeding.
Comments This fish is a useful algae eater, eating thread algae and the 'brush' algae types ignored by other fish. They also eat planarians (flatworms) which can become a nuisance in aquaria.
They can be slightly territorial with their own species, so they are probably best kept either singly, or as a group of 5-6 or more in larger tanks.
This species is sometimes confused with a number of similar species. The Flying Fox (Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus) is superficially similar, although not difficult to distinguish. Two other Crossocheilus species are much closer in appearance: C. oblongus and C. atrilimes. The black stripe does not extend into the caudal fin in C. oblongus, but does so in C. atrilimes and C. siamensis. C. atrilimes has a row of faint black dots below the main stripe, and does not grow as large as C. siamensis.


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