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Crossocheilus siamensis

Family:

Cyprinidae

Origin:

Southeast Asia, Thailand, Malayan peninsula.

Length:

15 cm - 6"

Min. length aquarium:

80 cm - 30"

English name:

True Siamese Algae Eater

This is the True Siamese Algae Eater, Crossocheilus siamensis, to be distinguished from the Flying Fox, Epalzeorhynchus kalopterus; the "False Siamese Algae Eater, Garra taeniata; the Chinese Algae Eater, Gyrinocheilus aymonieri; and the related Crossocheilus oblongus; see below. It is sometimes incorrectly called the Siamese Flying Fox. Originally, it is from Southeast Asia, Thailand, and the Malayan peninsula. The fish is peaceful toward other species, but it sometimes fights with its own kind. It can be kept in a community tank.

It likes fine gravel and thick, patchy vegetation. Keep in warm, soft, slightly-acid water, 5 dGH to 20 dGH and pH 6.5 to pH 8.0 can be tolerated. Requires well oxygenated water.

The fins are transparent, unlike those of Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus. It has a single pair of barbels on the upper lip while E. kalopterus has two. The species, Crossocheilus siamensis, is considered the best algae eater in an aquarium. It was originally recognized as such by Dr. Baensch and popularized to hobbyists around the world. Despite its relatively plain appearance it can now be found in nearly every good pet store. The genus Crossocheilus differs from Epalzeorhynchos by rhinal lobes (nasal lobes).

It is a herbivore, but it likes all types of live foods - even Planarian Worms, algae - including Thread Algae, lettuce, flakes. Does not eat plants. Can live 4 to 5 years.

For an extensive discussion of the fish and problems associated with identifying and getting the TRUE Siamese Algae Eater, see: Algae Eating Cyprinids from Thailand and Neighboring Areas.

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Maximum
Temperature:

79F

Minimum
Temperature:

72F

pH
Range:

6 to 8

GH
Range:

2 to 20

Swimming
Level:

Water
Movement:

Community tank.
Generally peaceful.

Predator.
Generally aggressive.

 

Moderate to
bright light. 

 

Low
light. 

 

Moderate to
heavily planted tank.

Rock, or
bogwood.

Open sand or gravel.
Little or no decoration.

 

Active or
surface swimmer.

Likes hideaways and cover.

Live foods,
only. 

 

Live, frozen, or
prepared foods.

True Siamese Algae Eater - Crossocheilus siamensis

True Siamese Algae Eater - Crossocheilus siamensis

True Siamese Algae Eater - Crossocheilus siamensis True Siamese Algae Eater - Crossocheilus siamensis

True Siamese Algae Eater - Crossocheilus siamensis

True Siamese Algae Eater - Crossocheilus siamensis

True Siamese Algae Eater
Crossocheilus siamensis

FALSE Siamese Algae Eater - Garra taeniata

FALSE Siamese Algae Eater
Garra taeniataa

True Siamese Algae Eater - Crossocheilus siamensis

True Siamese Algae Eater
Crossocheilus siamensis

Flying Fox - Epalzeorhynchus kalopterus

Flying Fox
Epalzeorhynchus kalopterus

Flying Fox - Epalzeorhynchus kalopterus

Flying Fox
Epalzeorhynchus kalopterus

Flying Fox - Epalzeorhynchus kalopterus

Flying Fox
Epalzeorhynchus kalopterus

Chinese Algae Eater - Gyrinocheilus aymonieri

Chinese Algae Eater
Gyrinocheilus aymonieri

Chinese Algae Eater - Gyrinocheilus aymonieri

Chinese Algae Eater
Gyrinocheilus aymonieri

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