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Siamese Algae Eater

Siamese Algae Eater is a great beginner fish and even better at grazing on algae, including the dreaded black beard algae. The fish has a long and narrow body in hues of gray, silver, and green. Its body also has a distinctive black stripe running from the head to the tail.    

Siamese Algae Eater Care Guide

In the wild, Siamese Algae Eaters are widely distributed in Southeast Asia, including Thailand and Malaysia. They are found in small rivers and streams with lots of plants. They belong to the Cyprinidae family. They are very popular aquarium fish as they are peaceful, easy to care for, help control algae in the aquarium, and are very active throughout the day, providing a constant source of entertainment. They are social fish and should be kept in groups.

Max Size:   5 inches
Water:   70 - 82 F; pH 6 - 8
Difficulty:   Easy
Living Zone:   Bottom and Middle
Temperament:   Peaceful and Social

The ideal aquarium for Siamese Algae Eater would recreate parts of their natural habitat and include live aquarium plants, driftwood, and provide open space for them to swim. However, while the plants will make them feel more at home, they have no special requirements or difficulty adjusting to most aquarium conditions. They will accept all types of fish foods, including flakes and pellets. And they are especially good at grazing on algae, keeping the aquarium plants and decorations clean.

Siamese Algae Eaters are great for planted or community fish tanks and can be kept with other peaceful fish, including tetras, guppies, plecos, cory catfish, angelfish, and more.

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Reviews (7)

  • 5
    Authentic Siamese Algae Eater

    Posted by Steven on 7 Jul 2022

    Excellent fish! They don't solve the problem of hair algae, but they do help.

  • 5
    siamese algae eater

    Posted by Unknown on 28 Jun 2022

    Amazing! the real thing and they LOVE hair algae

  • 5
    I’m so HAPPY

    Posted by Whitney Potter on 8 Jun 2022

    I ordered 5 Siamese Algae Eaters because they’re one of the only fish that will eat black beard algae which has been showing up in my tank. The 5 of them were shipped to me and arrive alive and healthy. A week later, they’re thriving in my tank and eating up the algae I wanted to get rid of. They’re quite cute as well. They mostly stay together when they swim so although they’re small, they have made a lovely addition to my tank.

  • 5

    Posted by charles coles on 11 Apr 2022

    100% HEALTHY 100% HAPPY and a Beautiful addition to my Asian Theme Tank!

  • 4
    Algae eaters

    Posted by Teresa George on 1 Apr 2022

    They were delivered on time and all were alive. However they were eaten with in days. Very disappointing that I paid so much for the fish and delivery

  • 5
    Happy costumer

    Posted by Romy Topik on 10 Dec 2021

    Only one fish arrived dead, but considering that it comes from New York to Utah I think it's fair. The other fish are active and the first 24 hours have already passed.

  • 5
    Siamese algae eaters

    Posted by Victoria on 23 Nov 2021

    All 6 fish arrived alive and active. Lost one overnight in quarantine tank and 1 other the next day. Other 4 did fine and are in their new tank helping eat the algae. Not bad for fish shipped from NY to FL !

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