Common Name: Siamese Algae Eater (SAE)
Scientific Name: Crossocheilus siamensis
German Name: Siamesische Rüsselbarbe
Species : Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus
Habitat: South-East Asia. Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia / This bottom-dwelling fish is found in mainland of South-East Asia in the Chao Phraya, Mekong, Thade and Xe Bang Fai basins and also at Malay Peninsula. Their natural habitats are rivers, stream and also flooded forest during rainy season.
Maximum Size: Will grow up to round about 6 inches (15cm)
pH: They tolerate a pH between 5.5 – 8.0 but 6.0 – 7,5 is better
Total Hardness: They seems to love soft water but do well in a wide range of water hardness (< 25°)
Temperature : 22 – 28°C / 72–82°F
Reachable Age: They can reach 8 to 10 years in a fish tank. This kind of Fish is defenetly long living.
Strata: Bottom and half
The Siamese Algae Eater is a very beautiful fish and is a very fast swimmer and loves to swimm against the jet of water. But they also love to chill out on plant leaves for a long time while they monitor the area around them. If they seek rest, then they hide behind plants, rocks or roots. They play together and it often looks like they dance in the water. They also do search often for food and algaes and that seems to be the reason for their name. They are also very good in jumping out of the water which means it is better to have a closed fish tank instead of an uncovered tank.
The bodyshape of the Siamese Algae Eater is elongated and a little bit similar to the bodyshape of a shark. The Siamese Algae Eater has a black line in the middle of their body. And the rest of the body looks golden. That all makes the Siamese Algae Eater a very attractive fish.
Siamese algae eater love to be in a group and therfor it is advisable to give them this pleasure. Writen things above mean the fish tank should have at least 200 litres but better more depending on the group size.
The Siamese Flying Fox eats a wide range of things from living food for example mosquito larves and underwater fleas to vegetables like typical flake-food, pellets and lots of other things you can get in your local aquaristic store. You can also feed them overboiled but cooled bio-cucumber and so on.
Sexing and Breeding
It is very unlikely that they will breed in the aquarium. Differences between the sexes is not know yet. People say, breeding them in a fish tank is not succeeded yet. Some told about breeding by chance but it is not accordingly publicized to this day.
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