Siamese Algae Eater 4-5cm

  • Meet the Siamese Algae Eater (Crossocheilus oblongus) – a hardworking and efficient fish that keeps your aquarium clean by consuming algae growth.
  • Admire its distinctive appearance and peaceful nature, making it an excellent addition to community tanks with other peaceful fish.
  • With a maximum size of 5 inches and a potential lifespan of 5 to 10 years, this beneficial fish will help maintain a healthy and algae-free environment in your aquarium.
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Introduction: Introducing the Siamese Algae Eater – a hardworking and efficient fish that will help maintain a clean and balanced aquarium environment. With its distinctive appearance and voracious appetite for algae, the Siamese Algae Eater is a popular choice among fishkeepers for natural algae control.

Scientific Name: The Siamese Algae Eater is scientifically known as Crossocheilus oblongus. It belongs to the family Cyprinidae and is native to freshwater habitats in Southeast Asia.

Water Quality:

  • Temperature: Maintain the water temperature between 72°F to 79°F (22°C to 26°C) to ensure the well-being and health of the Siamese Algae Eater.
  • pH Level: Aim for a slightly acidic to neutral pH range of 6.5 to 7.5, which closely replicates their natural habitat conditions.
  • GH Level: Provide a general hardness (GH) level between 5 to 12 dGH to support their overall well-being.
  • KH Level: A carbonate hardness (KH) level between 5 to 8 dKH is recommended to maintain stable water conditions.

Feeding: Siamese Algae Eaters are primarily herbivorous and have a strong appetite for various types of algae. They will eagerly consume algae growth on rocks, glass, and plant leaves, helping to keep your aquarium clean and free from excessive algae.

Tank Mates: Siamese Algae Eaters are generally peaceful and can be kept with other peaceful community fish of similar size. Avoid housing them with aggressive or territorial species to prevent stress or potential harm.

Substrates and Tank Decorations: Provide a sandy or gravel substrate and include ample hiding spots and structures like driftwood and rocks to create a natural environment. Siamese Algae Eaters appreciate a well-decorated aquarium with plenty of hiding places.

Suitable Plants: They will not consume healthy, live aquatic plants but will diligently graze on algae growing on plant leaves, promoting a healthy plant ecosystem.

Sexing: Sexing Siamese Algae Eaters is challenging, as there are no prominent visual differences between males and females.

Breeding: Breeding Siamese Algae Eaters in home aquariums is rare and challenging, as they typically do not breed under standard aquarium conditions.

Maximum Size and Longevity: Siamese Algae Eaters can grow up to 5 inches (13 cm) in length. With proper care, they can live for approximately 5 to 10 years.

General Information: The Siamese Algae Eater’s impressive algae-eating abilities make it a valuable and beneficial addition to both beginner and experienced fishkeepers.

A Fun Fact: Although they are commonly referred to as “Siamese,” Siamese Algae Eaters are not native to Thailand (formerly known as Siam) but rather Southeast Asia.

Experience the diligent work and helpful nature of the Siamese Algae Eater as it graces your aquarium with its efficient algae-eating abilities. Watch this versatile and peaceful fish thrive and become a valuable and cherished member of your aquatic world, maintaining a clean and balanced environment that enhances the overall health and appearance of your tank.


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