SAE - Siamese Algae Eater aka Crossocheilus siamensis
, the master keeper of all plants, eater of algae, bringer of hope.......
Just make sure you get a true SAE if you do decide to try it out, there is another - the Chinese Algae Eater, it gets much bigger, it can be aggressive (to the extent of chewing on other fish) and it's rubbish at eating algae.....
The way you tell is:
Crossocheilus look like this-
What are you looking for!
The stripe through the tail. If it ends at the base of the tail fin, its CAE, if it continues right to the edge of the actual tail fin, it's a SAE... I thought this was a good pic as he is a bit stressed, he doesn't like the camera and I was chasing him about trying to get a pic for you :lol: but it works quite well as their colours are usually weaker in the LFS - however faint, you CAN see that stripe running right to the edge of his tail fin and not just stopping at the base. If you click it it's 800 pixel width so you can see it a bit better.
In case you're not 100%, these are amano shrimp (for future reference):
Much tougher than Cherry shrimp and IME they seemed to do a darn good job of keeping things clean.
Re breeding on the BRC - I'm thinking about it and a few have made the suggestion now, but it would only be something to possibly introduce later, I'm really busy for the next week so I barely have time to work on the site at all anyway.
I also have to be careful because I have to ensure that I am not making a profit from this site, that I am not advertising or promoting a commercial product, etc, in order for me to be able to talk about it on forums. So if I were to integrate a breeding market, I would really have to sit down and have a chat with people in the know, about how to isolate myself from that in a way which enabled me to still be a neutral party - I want the site to help people and if people want to trade fish that's great, I just don't want it to be perceived that I want or intend to make money from this site, it's not my aim
. It would make it much harder for me to get the information to EVERYONE, easily and readily, THAT is my aim.