Join Date: May 2011
Location: Elk Grove, California
Siamese Algae Eaters grow to about 6" long and can be distinguished from the False Siamese Algae Eater, Chinese Algae Eater, and Flying Fox by their distinctive scales and by the fact that their caudal is brown. A Siamese Algae Eater has scales that are like a barb's, kind of reflective and distinctly outlined. False Siamese Algae Eaters have clear caudals. Flying Foxes are more yellow. And Chinese Algae Eaters don't have stripes.
Generally, SAE are peaceful and don't bother other fish. However, only one per tank because they DO scrap amongst themselves. Because of their size, a 20gal long is recommended. Provide lots of driftwood for it to rest on/hide under. It will eat planaria.