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:
Otocinclus affinis, not CAE.
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.
looks like a flying fox
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.
I was looking at this website as a reference on distinction:
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.
How big is the fish? Looking more closely I would defnitely lean towards False SAE over Flying Fox.
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.
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.
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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