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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-12-2009, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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Siamese Algae eaters?

Would a siamese algae eater be okay in a sorority? I know several of you suggested otos... I can't seem to find them anywhere here... all my petsotres have them labeled as "Small" or "Medium algae eaters... no real names except the siamese algae eater.

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Could work, but whatever you do, get the right kind! There's one that is fine for small aquariums, and then there's one that grows a good 6 inches... since petstores can't really identify them, you will need to learn to distinguish between them both in order to know what they are stocking at the pet store.
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where would be a good research source? Can you give me some examples of what to look for?

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I would post a question on the freshwater fish and aquariums section of FishForum. There are people there who can answer your questions about these fish.
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SAEs get way to big for a 10g most of those "Algae Eaters" are Chinese algae eaters, who get a wee big large for a 10g also.

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they get aggressive too, heres a pic and info of
a siamese algae
Siamese algae eater

a chinese algae eater
Chinese Algae Eater - Gyrinocheilus Aymonieri

and heres an oto
Aquatic Eden: Top 5 Algae Eaters for the Planted Aquarium - Freshwater Planted Aquarium Blog

study the differences.........you DEFINATELY DONT want a chinese or siamese algae eater. and as we all know they are mislabeled at the stores all the time. and most employees dont know the difference.

hope this helps you decide.

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Yeah the one they had labeled as a Siamese didn't look like that at all... he was a lot bigger... bought 3 inches, he was black and grey spotted with four fins on his sides and one on his back.... he didnt look like any of the ones listed in your post, ChristinaRoss....any idea what he might have been??

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im not sure............the siamese and chines get very big and mean too. id try to find the oto's or the corys. i wouldnt trust a fish thats mislabeled by the stores . never know what youll get.

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The woman at the petstore told me tonight that a sm-med plecostomus (Sp?) would be okay.... but I wanted to see if you all had any experience with them.

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Nope. The smallest type of Pleco gets about 6 inches (correct me if I'm wrong) So, that would be too much.

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