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Siamese Alge Eater

Postby smilepak » Sat Jul 02, 2011 11:07 pm

Anyone know if these will go well with a tank of yellow electrics and loaches?

I have an 80 gallons tank with 7 yellow electrics and 8 clown loaches and 3 leopard loaches. Need some good quality alge eaters...
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1 Yellow Lab, 7 Clown Loach, 3 YoYo Loach, 5 Rainbow Fish, 6 German Gold Ram, 1 Pleco, 10 Midget Sucker-mouth Catfish (Algae Eater).
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Postby noki » Sat Jul 02, 2011 11:29 pm

If you mean the true Siamensis... maybe okay, if established they do okay, are good algae eaters, and are not aggressive to other species. The Yellow Labs will mostly ignore. Clown Loaches will probably ignore also, but Clowns are bizarre cool fish which are hard to fathom.

I've tried Siamensis a few times, and got 3 or 4 and was always done to 1 in a month. The alpha Siamensis did seem to harass the other Siamensis, but they seem like they would prefer being in large groups if possible. Bigger is better, as the small ones I got faired poorly and were very stressed out.


Now if you mean the Chinese Algae Eater, those are tough fish. Will fight back if Mbuna chase them. Hobbyists don't like them much because they get meaner when big and eat less algae.
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Postby smilepak » Sun Jul 03, 2011 1:58 am

Yup, the true SAE....
Revised 07/11/2011:
1 Yellow Lab, 7 Clown Loach, 3 YoYo Loach, 5 Rainbow Fish, 6 German Gold Ram, 1 Pleco, 10 Midget Sucker-mouth Catfish (Algae Eater).
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Postby DJRansome » Sun Jul 03, 2011 10:47 am

What are the dimensions of the tank? This is not a small fish and they like to be in groups. I think of them for planted tanks as a fish that would also keep the leaves clean, but for glass and rocks you may be better off with a bristlenose pleco.
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Postby smilepak » Sun Jul 03, 2011 1:52 pm

no plants, standard long rectangular style tank. APprox 85 gallons.

No real plans, just crush corals and decorative items.. a lot of brown algae on them and green algae on the glass, have to clean the tank so often.

By the way,

Was using

Flistar XP4 + Magnum 350 + AC110 / 500 combo for this tank as filter set.

Recently broke the XP4...so going to do

Eheim 2075 + Magnum 350 and get rid of AC110
Revised 07/11/2011:
1 Yellow Lab, 7 Clown Loach, 3 YoYo Loach, 5 Rainbow Fish, 6 German Gold Ram, 1 Pleco, 10 Midget Sucker-mouth Catfish (Algae Eater).
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Postby DJRansome » Sun Jul 03, 2011 3:00 pm

So 48" x 18"?

I think the more standard rectangle tanks in the US are 75G and 90G which both have that footprint measurement.
125G Aulonocara, Malawi Haps, Vics (trial), S Polli
75G Demasoni, Labs, Cyno hara, Met estherae, S Multipunctata
75G Calvus, Caudopunctatus, Cyp Kerenge, S Petricola
33G Neo omnicaeruleus; 33G Flameback Kisumu; 33G P nyererei Igombe; 33G Hap ruby green
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Postby smilepak » Sun Jul 03, 2011 8:55 pm

I haven't measure it, but sound about right. It is arcylic, not glass.

48" lenght, I would say 24" height
Revised 07/11/2011:
1 Yellow Lab, 7 Clown Loach, 3 YoYo Loach, 5 Rainbow Fish, 6 German Gold Ram, 1 Pleco, 10 Midget Sucker-mouth Catfish (Algae Eater).
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Postby Chunkanese » Sun Jul 03, 2011 9:02 pm

I have had 1 in my tanks for 6 months. Hes pretty awesome and not aggressive at all. He goes on algea binges cleaning all the rocks and glass for a few days, then he rests for another day or two. I think anything over 3 ft tank is space enough for 1 of these guys, i havent kept them in groups, but they work well on their on in my experience. Also i have fish of all sizes, they all get along.
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