siamensis, belong to the family Cyprinidae
more commonly referred to as the carp family. These
bottom-dwelling algae eaters are not to be confused with the Chinese
eater or plecostomus, two other popular varieties of algae eaters among
freshwater aquarium owners. The Siamese
algae eater is indigenous to the main lands of Southeast Asia including
Mekong and Chao Phraya
inhabit streams and rivers and will spread into flooded out lowland
areas of the Malay
Peninsula during the
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are a medium sized member of the carp family. These fish generally
maximum adult length of 6 inches in an aquarium setting. They have
torpedo shaped bodies with transparent fins. These fish have silver
palettes with a single horizontal stripe beginning in front of their
terminating at the base of the caudal fin. Siamese algae eaters have a
set of barbels. Barbles are a distinguishing characteristic of the carp
family. Siamese algae eaters are
under the aquarium trade
names Indian algae eater, Siamese
loach, sucking loach, and biforated carp.
Siamese algae eaters
make excellent additions to a community tank. They have peaceful
and quite frequently ignore the activities of fish in the upper levels
tank. They should not, however, be housed with fish with long, flowing
like angelfish and bettas. They are reputed fin nippers. Unlike many
dwelling species, the Siamese algae eater exhibits no sign of
aggression toward conspecifics. Multiples will school together in home
aquariums. It is in fact recommended that these fish be raised in
have a particular affinity to broad leafed aquarium plants and will
be found resting atop of them, especially when they are younger. Adult
more prone to rest on the aquarium substrate. These fish will require a
tank size of 25 gallons. The average
lifespan of a Siamese algae eater
years but they have been documented to live as long as 10 years.
algae eaters are technically omnivores but lean quite far toward the
herbivore side of the spectrum. The algae growth in your aquarium alone
not provide an adequate foods source. Sinking food wafers and algae
dried algae sheets will help insure they receive enough food to keep
healthy and full of vigor.
eaters will readily nibble at green leafy vegetables like lettuce and
These make excellent supplemental food items.
is a hardy species that can
adapt to a multitude of living conditions. It is, however, only prudent
provide you with what would be considered premium water parameters for
fish thrive in softer
water with a neutral to slightly acid ph factor. A pH level anywhere in
range of 5.5-8.0 is considered ideal. They prefer water temperatures
79˚F. Well circulated water with plenty of flow and a high oxygen
simulate their natural habitat.
males and females of this species look very similar in appearance.
tend to be a little more rounded than males. This species rarely breeds
aquariums. Their seems to be no information available as to whether or
these fish are commercially bred to supply the demand created from the
hobby trade, which would tend to indicate that they are not.
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