SIAMESE ALGAE EATERS
Known as the "best Algae-Eating fish" in the world. They've earned this title since the Siamese Algae Eater (SAE) are the only known fish that will eat the dreaded Red Beard/Black Brush Algae. But the SAE is quite often confused with so many other members of the Cyprinid family. I'll discuss the differences later
Siamese Algae Eaters will eat Algae all their life. Many of the look-alikes that don't do as good of a job eating Algae as the SAE, and will stop eating it as they reach adulthood. Also, many of the look-alikes when they reach adulthood are very aggressive towards their own kind (look-alikes) or other fish. The SAE is not aggressive towards it's own kind or other fish. That's a very important characteristic difference.
Below is some more information about the Siamese Algae Eater.
Now that you know all about the SAE, it's time to tell you the difference between them and their look-alikes. This way you can spot them more easily. Chances are if you see them labeled 'Siamese Algae Eater' in your local fish store (LFS) they are not true SAE's.
The SAE and it's look-alikes are mistakenly labeled by very creative names, such as: Siamese Flying Fox, Thailand Flying Fox, Thailand Algae Eater, Algae Eater, Algae-Eating Barbs, Siamese Fox, Chinese Fox, and many more misnomers.
Below is a chart and pictures that will help you tell the SAE from it's look-alikes.
The 3 things I look for in identifying the "true" Siamese Algae Eater from it's look-alikes are as follows:
Hopefully the above comparisons will help you identify the "true" Siamese Algae Eater. No Aquarium arsenal against Algae is complete without a SAE in the tank!