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Siamese Algae Eater

Name: Siamese Algae Eater aka SAE 
Scientific Name: Crossocheilus siamensis

Native Location: Malaysia, Borneo & Thailand

Climate: Tropical

Maximum Size: 15cm

Temperament: Peaceful

Diet: Herbivore

Breeding: Not achieved in the home aquarium

Temperature Range: 20-26 (68-79)

Preferred pH Range: 6.0 - 7.5

Minimum Aquarium Size: 150cm x 45cm 

Potential Tankmates: Rasbora, Garra, small loaches

Care Level: Easy

The SAE thrives in flowing streams and tributaries where boulders, pebbles, gravel, and sand provide ample substrate. Areas with submerged driftwood or tree roots that act as a natural shelter for these fish are preferred. The clear, often shallow, water invites sunlight to penetrate the surface, developing a rich biofilm on submerged surfaces. The Siamese Algae Eater feeds on this biofilm, making this fish an essential addition for those looking to maintain a natural and balanced aquarium environment.

This species prefers tanks that resemble a flowing river or stream with a substrate of rocks, gravel, and large water-worn boulders. A network of roots and branches can be added to provide nooks, crannies, and shaded spots. While most plant species won't thrive, hardy types like Microsorum, Bolbitis, or Anubias can be grown, and bright lighting will promote algae growth for grazing. This environment promotes natural behaviour and allows cohabitation with species that enjoy similar conditions.

Like many fishes that naturally inhabit running waters, this species requires pristine water to thrive. A high dissolved oxygen and water movement level is also necessary, so external filters, powerheads, or similar should be employed.

The Flying Fox requires quality food by adding Spirulina or a similar dried product. But remember to include plenty of fresh vegetable matter in their diet. Shelled peas, blanched courgette, and spinach should also be offered regularly.

All our fish are quarantined on arrival for two weeks. During this time, they are treated for any possible diseases and given a complete health check  to make sure they are health, happy and eating well before being placed in our display aquariums, ready for sale.

Dead on Arrival (DOA) Policy: In the unfortunate event that your fish arrives dead, please follow these steps: Within 12 hours of the delivery, take clear, unopened bag pictures showing the deceased fish. Send these photographs and your order number to our customer service email at getfish@thefishroom.co.nz or to our Facebook page and we will then offer a refund or store credit for the cost of the fish. 

Two-Week Guarantee Policy: We stand behind the health and quality of our fish, which is why we offer a two-week guarantee starting from the day of delivery. If your fish dies within this time frame, adhere to the following procedure: Take clear photos of the deceased fish. Using a reliable test kit, document via a dated photo, water parameters (pH, ammonia, nitrate, nitrite levels). Please email us the photographs, water parameters, and order number to getfish@thefishroom.co.nz or our Facebook page. After reviewing your claim, if approved, we will issue a store credit for the cost of the fish. Our two-week guarantee does not cover fish deaths due to unsuitable water conditions, incompatible tank mates or “disasters” i.e. a heater overheating. We recommend thoroughly researching each fish species' needs before introducing them to your aquarium to prevent such situations. 

 Freight Charges: Please note that shipping or freight charges are non-refundable under all circumstances. We hope this guide makes our refund and guarantee process more understandable. If you have any questions or need further clarification, please get in touch with us at getfish@thefishroom.co.nz. We are always happy to assist. Thank you for choosing The Fish Room. Happy fish keeping! 

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Mike Allen
Siamese Algae eater

I got 3 fish to help destroy the Red Algae that had infested my tank. They were ordered especially for me because I didn't want to get involved in chemical interventions. After scrubbing the larger display pieces in the tank the Algae eaters were introduced and have cleaned up all of the red algae on the plants. Mighty good! Good fish room advice and support.