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tophat665 02-17-2007 01:23 AM

SAEs
 
So what's the deal on true SAEs. I'm 90% certain I have one. The problem is that I have read conflicting information about whether they should be kept singly or in shoals of 5 or more.

Also, this guy is teeny at the moment - maybe a smidge longer than a full grown otto, and thin as a rummynose. So I am concerned that his prospective tank mates might give him trouble. (55 gallon, 8 Botia striata, 3 Pangio meyersi, 8 cherry barbs, 12 harlequins, 2 bristlenosed plecos.)

Lupin 02-17-2007 01:30 AM

None of your fish will bother the SAE unless you count on your BNs guarding a territory. I had two before(with one able to reach 5 years of age). I kept them together with occasional fights happening.

True SAE
http://www.heathersangelfish.com/ima...lgae_eater.jpg

False SAE
http://www.thekrib.com/Fish/Algae-Eaters/false-sae.jpg

Algae Eating Cyprinids

JTheFishGuyG 02-19-2007 05:40 PM

SAE
 
witch ones better dose it really matter or is the species different some how like what makes it true and what makes the other one false just asking .

Lupin 02-19-2007 05:50 PM

Re: SAE
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by JTheFishGuyG
witch ones better dose it really matter or is the species different some how like what makes it true and what makes the other one false just asking .

I have yet to see how the false SAE behaves. My lfs has them in stock so I might plan to get them and see how they fare with algae. The true SAE will, of course, accomplish its goal of mowing down black brush algae.:) Mine is excellent at that.:love:

JTheFishGuyG 02-19-2007 05:53 PM

TY
 
Thankyou i just was curious and i hope you get to study the false sae although i think my friend has one and it doesn't seem to do its job too good . good luck

tophat665 02-19-2007 09:53 PM

Thanks, Blue. Any idea how they behave in larger groups. I was thinking three to 5 if I could lay hands on them.

Lupin 02-19-2007 09:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tophat665
Thanks, Blue. Any idea how they behave in larger groups. I was thinking three to 5 if I could lay hands on them.

They don't get along too often, Tophat. Mind you, they just bicker with each other rather than getting along. A 55 gallons will allow 3-4 of them provided you have several plants for the one being bullied to hide. They are great at consuming black brush algae nevertheless.:thumbsup:

P.S. I decided to get 2-4 false SAEs and see how they behave with each other and how diligent they can consume the algae.:) The true SAEs earn a perfect rating.:) They are rarely available so I'll have a tough time searching for a new batch.:)

tophat665 03-11-2007 05:30 PM

Got two more Fryday - about 1 1/2 inches long. Chilling in the hospital tank now with 8 neons and my other new acquisitions...

Pangio myersi - giant kuhli loaches. Got three of them yesterday. Pretty sure on the ID - they have the really think orange lines, and the shop was sold them as "Super Kuhlis". That'll bring the count back up to 6, so maybe I'll start seeing them out and about again.


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