Siamese Algae Eater (Crossocheilus Oblongus)
The Siamese Algae Eater is a fascinating and active species that brings a dynamic presence to any aquarium. This fish is recognized by its elongated body covered in a silver color with a black stripe that runs from its head to its tail. The Siamese Algae Eater is a peaceful fish growing up to 6 inches long.
These fish are known for their sociable nature and are often seen swimming around the middle and bottom levels of the tank. They are not schooling fish, but they enjoy their own kind's company. A group of 4-6 individuals can create a harmonious environment. Ideal tank mates include peaceful species such as tetras, rasboras, and other community fish. However, avoiding housing them with aggressive or territorial species is best.
The Siamese Algae Eater is an omnivore with a special fondness for algae. They enjoy a varied diet of algae-based foods, vegetables, and high-quality flakes or pellets. They also appreciate the occasional treat of live or frozen foods like daphnia, brine shrimp, and bloodworms.
The ideal tank habitat for the Siamese Algae Eater should mimic a riverbed. A fine sand or small gravel substrate is best, along with plenty of hiding spots created with rocks, caves, and driftwood. They also appreciate a well-planted tank with robust plants like Java Fern, Anubias, and Amazon Sword. The lighting should be moderate to encourage the growth of algae, their primary food source.
The minimum aquarium size for Siamese Algae Eaters is 30 gallons, but a larger tank would be more suitable for a community setup. The water parameters for the Siamese Algae Eater include a pH range of 6.5-7.0, a hardness within the soft to medium range of 5-20 dGH, and a temperature range of 75-79°F (24-26°C). Siamese Algae Eaters are hardy fish, but they do appreciate clean water, so regular water changes and good filtration are essential to keep them healthy.
The Siamese Algae Eater is a wonderful addition to any aquarium due to its peaceful nature and beneficial eating habits. They are beautiful to look at and play a vital role in maintaining a clean and healthy aquarium by eating unwanted algae. With the right care and environment, the Siamese Algae Eater can be a delightful and beneficial addition to your aquatic family.
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