Siamese Algae Eater
The Siamese Algae Eater comes from fast flowing water in Thailand and Malaysia.
It is also known as the Siamese Flying Fox. It is commonly confused with the
Flying Fox, the Otto
and the Chinese Algae Eater (Gyrinocheilus
aymonieri). The SAE has a distinctive black horizontal stripe
running from its head through its later line and into its tail fin. This band is
jagged along its edges. Below the horizontal band it is white and above
the band it is a gray/brown with each scale in this area having a dark
outline. The fins are transparent or can have hints of red. Another
distinctive feature are two small barbels on its nose. There are no apparent sexual differences.
SAEs should be provided lots of swimming space as they are very active.
A strong flow to the water will help to produce a more native habitat for
them They will eat algae, including red algae, however their interest in
eating algae declines as they grow older. They will survive well on flake
foods. SAEs are not easily bred in captivity and most are imported from
||24 - 26 C; 75 - 79 F
||5.5 - 8.0
||15 cm; 6 inches
Suitable for a community
tank and can be kept in groups. They will
disturb slower moving fish such as gouramis and
Not compatible with
the red tail black shark.