Pictures of fish and fish in store may vary, these are just examples/fully grown fish
Commonly mistaken with the Flying Fox Fish, they are very similar and look the same, they really only differenciate by their appearance. The only way that you can tell which species is which is by looking for flaps in the corners of the fish’s mouth. Flying foxes have the flaps, but Algae Eaters do not. However they are very active fish, making it extremely difficult to tell the difference between the species by looking for such tiny details.
Great fish to help with algae control, peaceful given the tank is big enough for the fish to be comfortable to thrive in.
Name: Siamese Algae Eater
Science Name: Crossocheilus oblongus
Max Size: 6-8″
pH: 6 – 7.5
Temperature: 68-78F° (20-26°C)
Care Level: Easy
Life Expectancy: 8-10 Years
Minimum Tank Size Recommended: 20 Gallons
Groups: Recommended in groups 6+ / Thrives in groups 8+