The Amazing Algae-eating Fish
The friendly Siamese Algae Eaters (SAEs) (Crossocheilus siamensis) are one of the most popular algae-eating fish. They are the only known fish that eat red beard algae. These barbs have slender, grayish-brown bodies with distinctive black horizontal stripes that extend from the nose to the fork of the tail. All their fins are transparent without any shades of yellow. They are schooling fish that should be kept with others.
Thai Flying Fox (Epalzeorchynchus kallopterus) or False Siamese are often mistaken for the real SAEs, but they are more demanding with water and pH conditions. These barbs can be schooled when small, but adults are often aggressive towards each other. Therefore, only 1 False Siamese should be kept in a tank. They eat some algae. They have light stripes over the black horizontal stripes The black stripes on their body stop at the base of tails and most of their fins are yellowish or with markings.
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