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Jan 22, 2017 - Many freshwater tropical fish are great algae eaters in their own rite
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Because of the similarity to others in its genus, considerable confusion exists with many tropical fish shop proprietors with their identification however, a true Siamese Algae Eater has clear see through fins and a black serrated stripe that runs all the way to the tip of the tail. Although the “true” Crossocheilus siamensis is not often available to tropical fish keeping enthusiasts, when they are available their approximate purchase size is between 1-1/4″ to 2-1/2″.
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Most sucker fish, or algae eaters, are tropical or semitropical fish from South America. They are not well-adapted to extremely cold water, which is the perfect environment for koi. A few varieties of sucker fish can survive mild winter weather changes, but none will withstand below-freezing temperatures. This means that typical sucker fish are ideal for outdoor ponds only during warm months. Sucker Fish & Algae Eaters For Tropical Sale |
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Hillstream loaches, sometimes sold as Borneo plecos or butterfly plecos—common names can be tricky—also make great algae eaters. These fish resemble tiny stingrays and rasp algae off surfaces like real plecos. However, they may not make the best tank mates for tetras. Hillstream loaches need strong currents and slightly colder water than most tetras. Still, research your exact species of tetra, since some species do like strong current and conditions that are slightly less than tropical.Rosy Barbs and American Flag Fish are a couple of the showy tropical algae eaters. The male Rosy barb has a brilliant metallic sheen that shimmers from red to gold to green as it darts through the water. The female is more subdued but still has wonderful green gold hues. The American Flag Fish has a stunning red and blue striped pattern for which it is named. Each of these varieties will eat most green and brown algae – though the barbs will start grazing on your plants if enough algae is not present.Many freshwater tropical fish are great algae eaters in their own rite. Livebearers including Black Mollies, Fancy Guppies, Platys and swordtails eat string algae and sometimes white beard algae. Guppies and Endler’s Livebearers also do a number on the green algae in a tank. With their prolific breeding habits these little guys will have their fry invading every possible algae hideout. Another great tropical algae eater is the Siamese Algae Eater -- how could it not be with a name like that. This cigar shaped fish sports a black horizontal stripe down the length of its body and readily consumes green, brown, red, white and even the dreaded black fuzz algae. This all purpose cleaner is a must have for 55 gallon and larger tanks. The Siamese algae eaters grow to about six inches and like to shoal in group of three or more so smaller tanks aren’t a good fit (although having just one in a 29 gallon tank has worked for me in the past).When we keep an aquarium at home, then there are many things that we have to keep in mind while doing so. Not only does this entail taking care of the fish, but also the food that you have to provide them along with the providing the water filters etc, but also the problem of the algae in the tank. Well we don’t know about the other things, but as far as algae is concerned, these fishes can help. These algae eaters will work of tropical tanks.Salt-water algae eaters are not like tropical algae eaters. Salt-water fishes are too attractive and colorful. They are also active and cute creatures. However, they do have a similar character like tropical fishes; yes, they are also aggressive and are regional. They feed on the algae attached to corals and rocks. Therefore, it is necessary to decorate their tanks with corals and rocks.When talking about tropical fish that are algae eaters, why not start with the one that pronounces it’s proclivity in its name. The Siamese algae eater is a great choice for 55 gallon aquariums and larger. In captivity, the Siamese algae eater reaches sizes around six to seven inches and prefers to graze on white beard, red algae and black fuzz algae (one of the few that will). It is typically a shoaling fish, liking to stay in groups of three or more, although it will be fine on its own provided there is ample vegetation and a place for it to call home. Use caution when choosing this peaceful community fish though as Siamese algae eaters are jumpers and will most certainly leap to their death if there isn’t a tight fitting lid.