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Identification help....
Old 09-23-2007, 01:56 PM   #1
 
Identification help....

I found this guy at an LFS and want to find out if he is a true SAE or not. He is so tiny I am having a hard time finding the key characteristics but his fins all seem to be colorless and transparent. I can't tell if the black stripe continues into his tail...I see a little black on the tail but its faint. I am not sure if the distinct characteristics will develope more with age...or what.

Any input as to what you all think would be appreciated.

Video of the lil guy....click to open:


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Shannara
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Old 09-23-2007, 02:28 PM   #2
 
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Otocinclus affinis, not CAE.
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Old 09-23-2007, 03:33 PM   #3
 
Do you mean SAE or CAE? I know its not a Chinese Algae Eater. I looked up Otocinclus affinis and it doesn't look much like that though....it doesn't have a suckermouth like the Otocinclus.

I want to make sure its not a Flying fox, Epalzeorhynchus kalopterus or a "False siamensis", Epalzeorhynchus sp.

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Old 09-23-2007, 05:10 PM   #4
 
looks like a flying fox
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Old 09-23-2007, 05:44 PM   #5
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That's not an Oto. Best guess since it's so small, would be a False SAE or Flying Fox. Doesn't look like a true SAE.
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Old 09-23-2007, 05:48 PM   #6
 
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looks like a flying fox
What did you see that characterized it as a Flying Fox?

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Doesn't look like a true SAE.
What are you not seeing for it to be an SAE?

I was looking at this website as a reference on distinction:

http://www.thekrib.com/Fish/Algae-Eaters/


Not the best picture but he is so small its hard to keep a focus on him:



On a side note I have been watching him eat the black hair algae I showed pics of in the freshwater plants area. From what I read only the SAE's eat this stuff....so it makes me think I got the right thing...but I wanted to be sure.

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Old 09-23-2007, 05:58 PM   #7
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What are you not seeing for it to be an SAE?
Little things like there's a white band between your fish's stripe and top colouring, whereas on SAEs the band meets the greyish colour at the top of the fish with no gap. The black band on your fish looks smooth at the edges, whereas on an SAE it would be jagged. I can't see any evidence of the stripe continuing into the caudal fin.

How big is the fish? Looking more closely I would defnitely lean towards False SAE over Flying Fox.
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Old 09-23-2007, 06:05 PM   #8
 
It's really tiny...barely an inch...and there is a light black strip in the tail itís just so hard to capture on my camera. In the video it looks like a band above the black stripe but honestly if you look at that pic I posted it's a bit more accurate...in the sense that when I am looking at him I don't see an extra band.

He is just so tiny itís hard to tell if he is a false or not. His fins are all clear and transparent like the websites I've read says they are supposed to be. Would a false SAE eat the black hair algae though?

I hate that these lil guys are so hard to differentiate.

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Old 09-23-2007, 06:20 PM   #9
 
Okay I finally got some good pics of him with the flash on....you can see his lil black strip in his tail now. I caught him while he was eating the algae off my plant:





See this makes me think SAE....but I want to confirm from others who have actually seen this fish or even have one.

Thanks all for your input though...I do appreciate it.

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Old 09-23-2007, 07:36 PM   #10
 
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Shannara, that fish is a true SAE, not CAE, not flying foxes and any other fish for that matter because I have been keeping this lot for quite some time now.
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