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genetjen 01-03-2011 07:15 PM

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.

Thanks,
Jen

He's about 4 inches in length.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...n/DSCF4444.jpg

fish joey 01-03-2011 07:15 PM

Looks like an oto to me... go to tropical fish profiles up top click.. on then down to cat fish see what you think

genetjen 01-03-2011 07:22 PM

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Originally Posted by fish joey (Post 550015)
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.

ginagv 01-03-2011 07:23 PM

at 4 inches it seems big for an Oto.. I think its a Siamese Algae Eater.. if I had to guess.

fish joey 01-03-2011 07:38 PM

whoops.... missed the fact that you said he is 4"

Byron 01-03-2011 07:56 PM

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.

Byron.

genetjen 01-03-2011 08:27 PM

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

Byron 01-03-2011 08:40 PM

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Originally Posted by genetjen (Post 550101)
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.

aunt kymmie 01-04-2011 12:10 AM

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. :-)

jeaninel 01-04-2011 12:17 AM

I agree with AK. I'm thinking CAE also.


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