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Help me ID an inherited "suckerfish"
Old 01-03-2011, 07:15 PM   #1
 
Help me ID an inherited "suckerfish"

Okay, so a friend of mine was breaking down their 10 gallon and asked if I wanted the last inhabitant, a "suckerfish." I assumed it was a pleco, and said that I'd take him and put him in my 55 gallon. When they brought him, I realized he was not a pleco, and I honestly have no idea what he is. I've googled and searched, but still have no idea. I'd appreciate any input.

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Jen

He's about 4 inches in length.
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:15 PM   #2
 
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Looks like an oto to me... go to tropical fish profiles up top click.. on then down to cat fish see what you think
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:22 PM   #3
 
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Looks like an oto to me... go to tropical fish profiles up top click.. on then down to cat fish see what you think
Hmm, maybe he is. I guess he kinda looks like some species...but I thought Otos never got much larger than 2 inches or so? He's a good 4 inches. I've never seen an oto this big, but I've never really kept them either.
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:23 PM   #4
 
at 4 inches it seems big for an Oto.. I think its a Siamese Algae Eater.. if I had to guess.
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:38 PM   #5
 
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whoops.... missed the fact that you said he is 4"
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Old 01-03-2011, 07:56 PM   #6
 
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Jen, first may I welcome you to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

Now, to your fish: I suspect this is a Chinese Algae Eater. It is included in our fish profiles, click on the shaded name to see the profile.

I at first thought it was more likely the true algae eater, Siamese, or perhaps the false Siamese, due to the fairly thick dark band [most Chinese algae eaters have more of a series of dots rather than a solid line, as shown in the photo in our profile] but having read some references on these species I think it probably is the Chinese; I did find some photos very similar to your fish.

The sad news is that this is not a particularly good fish for an aquarium; it attains 6 inches and can get quite aggressive not only to other bottom fish but even upper-level fish, and as it matures it eats less and less algae to the point where it won't even look at algae.

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Old 01-03-2011, 08:27 PM   #7
 
Thanks for the welcome and the input. I had thought about Siamese algae eater, but wasn't sure. It's interesting that he may be a Chinese. So far he seems peaceful and hope he stays under control! I'll keep an eye on him. I guess I should see any future orphans before I agree to adopt!

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Old 01-03-2011, 08:40 PM   #8
 
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Thanks for the welcome and the input. I had thought about Siamese algae eater, but wasn't sure. It's interesting that he may be a Chinese. So far he seems peaceful and hope he stays under control! I'll keep an eye on him. I guess I should see any future orphans before I agree to adopt!

Jen
Good thinking.

It may be a False Siamese [the true Siamese has no light line above the dark band, the False SAE and the Flying Fox (another very similar fish) does, as does the CAE]; would need a better photo (to see the fins better), and also it is obviously somewhat stressed and patterning can change quite a bit in stressed fish. But for the moment, I think CAE.
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Old 01-04-2011, 12:10 AM   #9
 
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I'm going with the CAE. I keep SAEs and also am familar with the False SAE. The tail coloring, along with the snout of this fish is very different. I do not see barbs off the snout of this fish, which SAEs have. It's possible in this picture that they are "tucked" under. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 01-04-2011, 12:17 AM   #10
 
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I agree with AK. I'm thinking CAE also.
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