Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Identifying Algae Eaters - Siamese Algae Eater, Garra Taeniata, Flying Fox & Chinese Algae Eater

Courtesy: http://www.thekrib.com/Fish/Algae-Eaters




Features SAE Garra Taeniata Flying Fox Chinese Algae Eater
Horizontal Stripe
Edge Zig-Zag Smooth Smooth Uneven
Extend to Tail Yes No Yes No
Lt. Stripe Above sometimes Yes Yes ?
Dorsal
Region Reticulated - Black Edged Scales Solid Grayish Brown
Fins
Dorsal Transparent Dark lower rays & yellowish Dark bands & white tips Transparent
Anal Transparent Yellowish ? Transparent
Pelvic Transparent Yellowish ? Transparent
Mouth
? Smal, non-clinging suckermouth (maybe with red/pink) Clinging sucker mouth
Barbel
1 pair 2 pairs 2 pairs none

2 comments:

Rita Burr said...

Best information on this subject I have found, thanks for posting video. Clear images of the SAE, captions of details to look out for, and a chart to differentiate other similar looking fish.

CrashingNL said...

This is exactly what i need. I thought i bought 2 Siamese algae eaters i thought, but it turned out they were Chinese algae eaters.One of them turned out to be a golden Chinese algae eaters. The seller thought they were Siamese algae eaters. I noticed since i can tell the difference now that in a lot of shops they mix the two up!I am quite annoyed by it because i have black beard algae which the Chinese ones don't eat.
Thanks for this picture.