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Lupin 02-22-2008 08:19 PM

Algae-Eating Cyprinids
It seems there is plenty of confusion in distinguishing the names and appearance of the following fish listed below.

True Siamese Algae Eater (Crossocheilus siamensis) is not aggressive and will eat BBA industriously compared to the following below.

Flying Fox (Epalzeorhynchus kallopterus) is slightly aggressive towards other species but more aggressive towards members of their own species.

False Siamese Algae Eater (Garra taeniata) like other Garra species have a similar behavior with the flying foxes.;)

Chinese Algae Eater (Gyrinocheilus aymonieri) is something you should avoid at all costs growing to 25 cm max and having a very nasty temperament as it matures. More information can be found in the database.

Lupin 02-23-2008 06:19 AM

Information thanks to The-Wolf.

Originally Posted by The-Wolf
hi Lupin
I just thought you'd like to add this picture to your algae eater thread

this is my 10 inch CAE

also you may wish to add the stonelapping minnow Garra cambodgiensis

this is one of mine and are great algae eaters, IMHO even better that all the others you have listed.
they are distinguished from all the others in having pink or red lips when in mating colours.
BTW I purchased them as 'true' flying foxes, so it goes to show that you can't rely on the shops for IDs

here is fisbases' entry for them

tophat665 06-18-2008 10:55 PM

In my experience, after they get about 3 1/2" long, true SAEs get pretty lazy about eating algae off the glass (though they still do a crackerjack job on the BBA).

taoyeah 04-16-2009 06:20 PM

and at the size the true sae start eating moss.

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