Siamese Algae Eaters, also known by their scientific name (Crossocheilus siamensis or Crossocheilus oblongus), are freshwater fish from the family Cyprinidae. They are native to Southeast Asia including Thailand and Malaysia.
They are popular among aquarists due to their ability to scarf down algae. These fish are identifiable by a bold black stripe that runs from the nose to the tail with one eye-catching stripe line on each side.
Siamese Algae Eaters can grow up to about 6 inches (16cm) and hence require a tank of at least 30 gallons for better results. Water temperature should be between 75°F and 79°F and a pH range of between 6.5 and 7.0.
These fish species are bottom dwellers and since they spend most of their time at the bottom of the tank, a sandy substrate makes it safer for them to swim around without scratching their body. Plants should be added to make them feel more at home.
The Siamese Algae Eaters are a very peaceful fish species and are an excellent choice for a community tank. With proper care, these fish can live up to 10 years in an aquarium.
Siamese Algae Eaters are omnivores and tend to be less picky when it comes to feeding. In their native environments, they will feed on various algae forms, dead fish, and insects.
In the aquarium, they like various tropical algae which will grow in the aquarium. They also require a mixture of fish food and plant-based foods.
Siamese Algae Eaters are very peaceful creatures and will get along with most other fish species that are also non-aggressive and of similar size. This makes them great candidates for a community aquarium.
Most compatible tankmates for the Siamese Algae Eaters include:
Siamese Algae Eaters are a non-aggressive fish species and will get along with most other fish species that are non-aggressive and similarly sized. They tend to even thrive in a community tank where they will form groups and even feed together.
What kind of Algaes does the Siamese Algae Eater eat?
Siamese Algae Eaters enjoy eating green hair algae which can purposely be cultivated. Commercially bought algae wafers, catfish pellets, and meaty foods should be used to supplement the menu.
What fish can be kept with Siamese Algae Eaters?
Being a very peaceful fish species, the Siamese Algae Eaters gets along with most other fish species that bear the same character.
This fish inludeTetras, Danios, Guppies, Barbs, and Docile Gouramis
Scientific name: Crossocheilus oblongus
Other Common Names/ Species: Fly Fox
Breeding: uncommon in captivity, spawning
Temperament: docile, community
While this is a rare occurrence, it can and will happen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that every one will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fish arrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag within 2 hours of the delivery time of your fish. We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem.
We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We can replace fish butshipping costs is the responsibilityof the buyer.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures,within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolve the issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
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"The fish I received do not look like the fish in thepicture. Why is this?"
- We typically take photographs of one or two fish when we initially get them in. Since we have a large quantity of most of the various species of fish, it would be understandably impossible to provide a picture ofevery individual fish with a specific species. For some of our more rare orlarger fish, the picture listed may be the actual fish that you are receiving.If this is the case, it will be designated by ?WYSIWYG?, meaning ?what you see,is what you get?.
"What happens if my fish arrive dead?"
- While this is a rare occurrence, it can and willhappen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that everyone will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fisharrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag.We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem. We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We will reship any replacement fish at the buyer's expense.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures, within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolvethe issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
"What if I'm not home when the fish arrive?"
- We will always provide you with a tracking number. While the fish are packaged to survive about 72+ hours within the shipping containers, we do ask that you make arrangements to arrive home to inspect your fish as soon as possible after they are delivered to your home. Itis always suggested to provide an area for the delivery person to place the boxthat is out of direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
"What do I do with my fish once I've unpacked them?"
- Like you would with any new fish, let the entire bag float in your tank for 15-30 minutes. This allows the temperature withinthe bag to adjust to the same as your tank and will reduce temperature shock onthe fish. After this time, you can add all of the fish and water that is in thebag into your tank. The products used within the water for shipping will notharm any existing fish within your tank and actually makes the transition foryour new fish a bit easier. After this, expect your new fish to take a few daysto become fully adjusted, this includes hiding, floating at the top, sinking tothe bottom, and not eating. After a few days, your new fish should be acting aswimming like they normally would. At this point, enjoy your aquarium!
"I want to return my new fish because x,y,z?"
- Unfortunately, we are unable to accept returns.We do recommend contacting us via email with yourorder number and as much information as possible. We will try to assist you inresolving whatever the issue may be.
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