Will the real Siamese Algae Eater please swim forward?

by Owen James

Is this the Siamese Algae Eater you're looking for?

Is this the Siamese Algae Eater you're looking for?

The Practical Fishkeeping blog has a nice article up looking into the commonly confused Siamese Algae Eater, which must be one of the most misidentified fishes out there.

What makes matters even more problematic is that the temperaments of some of the different fish labeled as Siamese Algae Eaters are very different. It’s very easy to think you’re buying a true Flying Fox, for instance, only to get a wolf in sheep’s clothing tearing through your tetras.

As writer Chris Green notes:

The fish that claims the title of the Siamese Algae Eater is most likely to be not one but three possible choices. It is more than likely not the actual Crossocheilus species we like to label it as and probably never has been.

All in all quite confusing and just to make matters worse, many of these three separate species end up in the same shoals in tanks at dealers and importers and thus in peoples tanks at home.

And what fish do I have? After all the research I can now identify my fish as being Crossocheilus langei but to me they will still be the commonly called Siamese algae eaters in the comfort of my own tank.

Check out the full article on Siamese Algae Eaters for more, or check out this article on the fish from AquaScaping World.

Check out Katy's Tropical Fish Guide for more aquarium info.

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