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I'm not positive but I think that your fish may be what I've always heard called a "false SAE". The gold line above the black line and the black line is smooth where it meets the gold line. In a true SAE the black line is rough and there is not a gold line at all. If I'm correct this fish(the one in your pics) will get to about 6inches and will be hostile when it gets older as well as territorial towards any actual SAE you may add later.
Edited "I'm not positive but I think that your fish may be a "false" flying fox." to what I intended to say "I'm not positive but I think that your fish may be what I've always heard called a "false SAE"."
Last edited by Arlington on Sun May 06, 2012 6:39 am, edited 1 time in total.
They're definitely Epalzeorhynchus kalopterus. And from what I've been reading, it's doubtful I'll find a true Siamese algae eater in the U.S. But I will try making contact with the one supplier mentioned in the article referenced. Thanks again.
55g: Tetra: 4 serpae; 1 vonRio; 9 bloodfin; 11 longfin black skirt; 1 silver tip; Corydoras: 4 delphax; 1 ambiacus; 8 aeneus (2 albino, 6 bronze); 1 flying fox | 20g: Corydoras: 2 paleatus; 2 schlermomystax barbatus; red cherry shrimp; 1 flying fox | 29g: 13 tiger barbs; 5 red eye tetra; 1 flying fox
This Old Spouse wrote:it's doubtful I'll find a true Siamese algae eater in the U.S.
Again without scientific names, it's hard to know precisely which fish you are talking about, but, I think the fish you are after (i.e. the one sold as Crossocheilus siamensis, the Siamese algae eater), are in fact C. langei or C. atrilimes, and are readily available in the trade.
I'm curious if the breeder has contact info. I had a surprise spawn from a trio C. langei last month and was unable to collect the eggs before they got eaten. I had planned on trying again during the most recent rainy season on that rack, but couldn't clear tank space for them. The rainy season changes are the only thing I can figure could've triggered them because I wasn't doing anything else special. I'd like to find someone I can share notes with because there isn't a lot of info out there about spawning habits.
Impossible only means that somebody hasn't done it correctly yet.