Seaweed fish


Siamese seaweed - the best algae fighter

Siamese algae (Latin Crossocheilus siamensis) is often called CAE (from the English Siamese Algae Eater). This peaceful and not too big fish, a real aquarium cleaner, tireless and insatiable. In addition to the Siamese aqueduct, there is also a species Epalzeorhynchus sp (Siamese flying fox, or false Siamese seaweed) on sale. The fact is that these fish are very similar and are often confused.

Most of the Siamese algae, which are found on sale, are still real, but it is not uncommon for both true and false algae to be sold together. This is not surprising, because in nature they live in the same range and the young even form mixed flocks. How to distinguish them?

  • Differences between the present and the false, or chanterelle:
  • the black horizontal stripe running through the whole body, in this seaweed continues on the caudal fin, and the false do not
  • the same strip in this goes zigzag, its edges are uneven
  • the false seaweed has a pink ring
  • and he has two pairs of mustaches, and this one has one and it is painted black (though the whiskers themselves are barely noticeable)

Now you ask: what is the difference? The fact is that the flying fox eats algae somewhat worse, and more importantly, it is aggressive towards other fish, unlike the Siamese algae. Accordingly, less suitable for general aquariums.

Habitat in nature

A resident of Southeast Asia, lives in Sumatra, Indonesia, Thailand. Aquarium fish Siamese seaweed Siamensis lives in fast streams and rivers with a hard bottom consisting of cobblestone, gravel and sand, with a large number of submerged drifts or flooded tree roots. The low level of water and its transparency create good conditions for the rapid development of algae, which it feeds on. It is believed that the algae can migrate in certain seasons, moving into deeper and muddy waters.

Content in an aquarium

Grow up to 15 cm in size, with a life expectancy of about 10 years. The recommended volume for content from 100 liters.

SAE is a rather picky fish that adapts to different conditions, but it is better to keep it in aquariums that mimic the natural environment of fast rivers: with places open to swimming, large stones, snags. They like to relax on the tops of wide leaves, so it’s worth making a couple of large aquarium plants.

Water parameters: neutral or slightly acidic acidity (pH 5.5-8.0), water temperature 23 - 26˚C, hardness 5-20 dh.

It is very important to cover the aquarium, as the Siamese algae can jump. If there is no possibility of covering, you can use floating plants covering the surface of the water.

CAE does not touch the plants when fully fed, but can eat duckweed and water hyacinth roots. There are also complaints about the fact that the Vidroleans very much love Javanese moss, more precisely, to eat it. In aquariums, virtually no species of moss, no Javanese, no Chrismas, no other.


He can live with most of the peaceful fish, but it is better not to keep with veil forms; Siamese algae-eaters can bite off their fins. Of the undesirable neighbors, it is worth noting Labe two-color, the fact is that these two species are related and territorial, there will be fights between them that will result in the death of fish. Also, territoriality is manifested between CAE males, and it is better not to keep two in the same aquarium. Being a very active fish, the algae will be a bad neighbor for cichlids, which protect their territory during spawning. He will constantly bother them with his behavior and active movements around the aquarium.


What prefers Siamese seaweed food as food is already clear from its name. But, in most aquariums, he will miss the algae, and need to be further fed. SAE eats all types of feed with pleasure - live, frozen, artificial. Feed them in a variety of ways, with the obligatory addition of vegetables. For example, they will be happy to eat cucumbers, zucchini, spinach, but first lightly pour boiling water over them.

The main feature of SAE is that they eat a black beard that is not touched by other types of fish. But in order for them to eat it, you need to keep them half-starved, and not to overfeed. Best eats black beard fry, and adults prefer live food.

Feeding pills:

Gender differences

It is very difficult to distinguish the sex, it is believed that the female is fuller and more rounded in the abdomen.


Reliable data on the reproduction of the Siamese algae in the home aquarium (without the help of hormonal drugs) no. Individuals are marketed, are bred on farms by injecting hormones, or are caught in nature.

Algae Siamese: content, compatibility, breeding, photo-video review

Siamese seaweed

Kingdom: Animals animalia
Type of:
Chord Chordata
: Bone fish Actinopterygii
Cypriniformes Carps
Cyprinidae carp


C. oblongus
Binomical name:
Crossocheilus oblongus (Huhl & van Hasselt, 1823)

Siamese seaweed, representative of the species of freshwater fish of the carp family, Cyprinidae. This is a tropical bottom fish settled in southeastern Asia, which includes the Chao Phraya and Mekong basins, as well as the Malay Peninsula (Malay Peninsula). Their natural habitat is streams and rivers, as well as flooded forests during the rainy season. Siamese Algae Eaters should not be confused with the Flying Foxes Flying fox (Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus) or False Siamese False siamensis (Garra cambodgiensis). In true Siamese, a black stripe runs all over the body, including the tail fin, and in the false siamese it ends at the tail. Lzhelisichki less industrious!

Comfortable water temperature: representatives of this species prefer a water temperature in the range of 24 - 26 ° C.

"Acidity" Ph: in the range of 6.5 - 8.0.

Stiffness dH: in the range of 5 - 20.

Aggressiveness: aggression can manifest itself to congeners, to the rest of the fish are not aggressive.

The complexity of the content: easy.

Feeding and diet of Siamese algae: seaweed: "black beard", red, filamentous, "Vietnamese", special food, live, dry and frozen food.

Feeding any aquarium fish should be correct: balanced, varied. This fundamental rule is the key to successful keeping of any fish, be it guppies or astronotuses. Article "How and how much to feed aquarium fish" talks in detail about this, it outlines the basic principles of the diet and feeding regime of fish.

In this article, we note the most important thing - feeding fish should not be monotonous; both dry and live food should be included in the diet. In addition, you need to take into account the gastronomic preferences of a particular fish and, depending on this, include in its diet ration either with the highest protein content or vice versa with vegetable ingredients.

Popular and popular feed for fish, of course, are dry food. For example, hourly and everywhere can be found on the aquarium shelves of food company "Tetra" - the leader of the Russian market, in fact, the range of feeds of this company is striking. In the "gastronomic arsenal" of Tetra are included as individual feeds for a certain type of fish: for goldfish, for cichlids, for loricarids, guppies, labyrinths, arovan, discus, etc. Also, Tetra has developed specialized foods, for example, for enhancing color, fortified or for feeding fry. Detailed information on all Tetra feeds, you can find on the official website of the company - here.

It should be noted that when buying any dry food, you should pay attention to the date of its production and shelf life, try not to buy food by weight, and also keep the food in a closed state - this will help avoid the development of pathogenic flora in it.

Gender differences: algae eating is difficult to distinguish by sex - sexual dimorphism is weakly expressed. Adult females have a more complete (rounded) shape.

Size in nature: from 10 to 14 cm. In the aquarium 7 - 8 cm.

Features of the Siamese Seaweed

Siamese Algae Eaters have a black horizontal strip that extends from the gills to the tail, inclusive. Present, Crossocheilus siamensis has no maxillary antennae, but has a specific shape of the upper lip and is rarely marketed.

Usually, in pet stores, under the guise of Siamese algae, sell fish that eat red algae - Crossocheilus langei. They have a bright brown elongated body with a slightly flat stomach. In addition, they have a noticeable black-brown horizontal strip extending from nose to tail. These fish can grow to a length of 16 cm. Also, these fish have a small maxillary antennae and an arched upper lip.

Another type of algae, which is traded under the guise of algae, is Crossocheilus atrilimes - who likes to eat red algae and Javanese moss.

The following information is related to algae-eating Crossocheilus langei. These hardy fish are often found in the trade, they are popular and effective against algae in the aquarium. These are very active and fast-swimming fish that move in flocks when kept in groups, but some individuals may express aggression towards their own kind and related fish. In general, these eaters of red algae can be kept in a common aquarium and are reportedly less aggressive than similar fish, such as the Chinese algae eater or the red-tailed black shark.

Red algae eaters effectively control the development of algae in an aquarium, many aquarists like to breed them in aquariums with dense vegetation and strong lighting - which contributes to the growth of algae. Unlike other aquarium algae, red algae eaters are valued for their ability to eat red algae.

This type of fish is good jumping, so the aquarium should always be covered with a lid.

Siamese Algae Eaters contain both a flock and one by one. Can live about 10 years. thanks
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Video about Siamese algae

Photo selection of algae Siamese

Siamese algae dwellers are not relatives

Siamese seaweed (lat. Crossocheilus siamensis) is a small freshwater fish of the carp family. Despite the apparent similarity with the catfish corridor, they are not relatives. Often in the name of the fish use the abbreviation (Siamese Algae Eater), which is translated accordingly. The algae fish is characterized by a peaceful nature, it quickly eats aquarium algae. Siamese algae-eaters are very similar to algae-eating chanterelles, the sellers themselves confuse them, taking them for "Siamese."

The natural habitat of the fish is Southeast Asia (Sumatra, Thailand, Indonesia). Today, the Siamese seaweed is a popular aquarium fish, which is kept as a pet, or used as a medic of an artificial reservoir. In its natural environment, the algae prefers streams with a rocky bottom, where there is a rapid flow. On flooded stones, trees and snags form colonies of blue-green algae, which are the main food ration of fish. The water level in these rivers is low, the water is clean and clear. In drought seasons, the fish migrates to more flooded regions, swimming at depth.

Look at the flock of Siamese Algae Eaters in the aquarium.

In order not to confuse the Siamese algae with the flying chanterelle, pay attention to its external characteristics. Siamese seaweed has a horizontal strip along the body, it is slightly blurred and serrated, ends at the end of the tail. In algae chanterelles, this line ends at the base of the tail, and the tail itself is transparent. The back of the Siamese has a brown tint, the edges of the scales are distinguished by a dark edging. Dorsal fin saillike, abdominal and anal fins commensurate. The mouth of the Siamese seaweed has a pair of thin, straight antennae, which are pressed to the face while swimming. Chanterelles have a mouth like a pink sucker. And the main difference - the Siamese willingly eat algae, and false algae such food can be ignored.

Conditions of detention

Aquarium fish of this species grow in size 10-15 cm, but they live a long time - up to 10 years. Recommended content in a spacious aquarium with a volume of 100 liters of cubic. Siamese seaweed - it is unpretentious in the care of fish, gets used to changes in water parameters. However, the best content for it is the environment in which the conditions of the natural biotope are completely recreated. It is important that there is enough space in the tank for swimming, large stones, snags, and a bottom of pebbles and sand are installed. Can spend part of the day on the leaves of broadleaf plants (Anubias barter, cryptocoryne, arrowhead).

Acceptable parameters of the aquatic environment: temperature from 23 to 26 degrees Celsius, acidity is slightly acidic or neutral - 5.5 - 7.5 pH, hardness from 5 to 20 dH. Siamese seaweed is a jumping fish, so the aquarium should be kept slightly ajar, or floating plants should be placed in the water, covering the water surface. With proper and complete feeding, the algae will not disturb aquarium plants. However, in the absence of fiber in the diet, can nibble Javanese moss, duckweed, water hyacinth, Christmas moss.

Watch the video about the maintenance and care of Siamese seaweed.

Is it possible to breed this fish at home? Successful breeding practically did not occur in captivity. CAE, which are sold in stores, are bred on fish farms, or caught in the natural environment. As spawning occurs, there is no reliable data. For general security, the purchased fish is better to put on a 2-week quarantine.

Compatibility with other fish feeding

The algae fish perfectly coexists with peaceful and small aquarium fish, but it should not be accommodated along with the veiled forms, because they can pluck beautiful fins. It is also not recommended to settle two or more CAE males in the same tank - they will begin territorial disputes. Poorly compatible with two-color labo, which also differ in territorial behavior. SAE is an active fish, it can disturb even large cichlids. Due to conflicts, both fish may suffer, be driven or injured. The best option for settlement is in a separate tank.

Siamese seaweed is a great orderly aquarium, which in a few hours copes with dirt, algae and uneaten food debris. If there is no algae in the tank, you will have to add them to the pet's diet. Also SAE eagerly eats frozen, artificial, live food. It should be fed vegetables: zucchini, cucumbers, boiled water treated lettuce, spinach and dandelion. These fish cope with the water parasite - a black beard that other fish cannot destroy. For him to eat a black beard, it is necessary to put him on a fasting diet, not overfeeding for several days. Well-eaten young beard, mature fish love more live food.

Tireless wrestlers with algae in an aquarium

Algae in a home aquarium is not just a fad, and often a necessity. They help to fight with unwanted guests on our plants, on the glass, on the decor and the ground - algae in the aquarium. In any, even the most well-groomed aquarium, they are present, just their smaller than the higher plants and they are invisible against their background.

And in the home, a simple aquarium, algae sometimes grow so much that they kill all the beauty. And one of the ways to reduce their number is algae. And this is not necessarily the fish (although most of them are after all), but also snails and shrimps.

From this material you will learn about the 7 most effective and popular fighters with algae in the aquarium, those fish and invertebrates, which are affordable, modest in size and quite livable. They are ideal for fans of the aquarium, plants and clean, clear glass.

Amano Shrimp

Amano shrimp is very popular, often found on sale, quite unpretentious. It is an active and insatiable shrimp that cleans the aquarium not only from algae, but also eats various detritus (debris), remains of dead plants and remnants of food.

They are small, from 3 to 5 cm, which makes them ideal for small aquariums. Of the algae, they most actively eat thread and its various varieties. Do not touch the flip-flop, xenokokus and blue-green algae Amano. Algae are also reluctant to eat if there are a lot of other more nourishing feeds in the aquarium.

You need to keep them quite a lot, since you simply won't see two or three. And the effect of them will be minimal.


This is the most popular and common fish, among all the algae. Rather unpretentious, they also look interesting, especially males, who have luxurious outgrowths growing on their heads. However, the ancistrus is quite large fish and can reach 15 cm or more.

They need a large amount of vegetable feed, they additionally need to be fed with tablets for catfish and vegetables, for example, cucumbers or zucchini. If the feed is not enough, you can eat young shoots of plants.

Peaceful towards other fish, aggressive towards each other, especially males and protect their territory.

Siamese seaweed

Siamese seaweed, or as it is called SAE, is an unpretentious fish that grows up to 14 cm in length. In addition to eating algae, CAE also eats pills, live and frozen food.

Like the Ancistrus, Siamese are territorial and protect their territory. A special feature of SAE is that they eat Vietnamese and black beard, which other fish and invertebrates do not touch.

Snail neretina

First of all, neretina is known for its bright, attractive color and small size, about 3 cm. But, in addition, it also fights great with algae, including those that are not touched by other types of snails and fish. Just watch this video:

Among the shortcomings can be noted a short lifespan, and the impossibility of breeding in fresh water.

Three types of neretin


Ototsinklyus is a small, peaceful and active fish. It was made precisely by its size, the maximum body length up to 5 cm. For small, even small aquariums, this is an ideal option, especially since they often suffer from algal outbreaks. However, it is a timid fish that must be kept in the pack. And quite demanding and whimsical to the parameters and quality of water, so that it can not be recommended for beginners.


Or as it is also called the Chinese seaweed. A typical representative of the algae, gerinokhaylus lives in fast rivers and has adapted to scrape hard stones from fouling. It is quite large, and what is most sad - pugnacious. And his character makes him fight not only with his own kind, but also with other fish, especially if they look like him externally. And old gerinokhailusy almost stop eating algae, and go to live food or attack big fish and eat scales on them.

Natural coloring

Snail coil

Coil - is one of the most common, simple and prolific aquarium snails. She is sometimes credited with the fact that she is able to eat plants, but this is not true. It has too weak jaws, unable to gnaw hard covers of higher plants. But the various microalgae they eat quite effectively, although it is unnoticeable externally.

At least, in my aquariums with fry, I noticed that they have less fouling, if they contain simple coils. In addition, they wonderfully eat the remnants of feed, thereby maintaining the aquarium clean.

Ototsinklyus and other aquarium cleaners

Everyone likes clean aquariums with transparent as crystal walls, bright, smooth and shiny leaves of plants and water, resembling a stream of a mountain stream. But this idyllic picture all the time strive to break the algae. They tighten glass with a brownish-green film, form foul fringe on plants, and give the color and smell of the swamp to water. And the aquarist has to deal with them. It is good that in this fight he has allies - algae-eating fish.


Algae are inferior, relatively simple, unicellular or multicellular plants that inhabit the aquatic environment. They can float in water or settle on underwater objects and attach to them, forming on them a raid, films, threads, down and so on. Have a different color. Representatives of several algae departments can live in an aquarium:

  1. Green They form a green color on glass, soil, underwater objects or muddy green suspension in water.
  2. Red - Vietnamese or black beard. Brown or black tassels, bunches or fringe on the glasses, leaves of plants.
  3. Diatoms. Single-celled, form brownish-brown mucous scurf in poorly lit parts of the aquarium.
  4. Blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria. They form mucous, bubbling offensive navy-colored films on the leaves of plants and underwater objects. (Let's just say: the outbreak of these algae is a catastrophe that must be urgently addressed by a complete shutdown of the light, a massive cleaning of the aquarium and antibiotics, no biological control methods work here).

Algae are always in any aquarium, but a sharp increase in their number occurs only when the biological balance is disturbed.

Therefore, to combat them, first of all, you need to normalize the quality of aquarium water: optimize the mode of lighting and carbon dioxide supply, reduce the amount of nitrates and dead organics, plant more plants. And already with the remnants of the enemy army will fight algae fish.

Types of aquarium cleaners

Aquarium fish, which with varying degrees of enthusiasm can eat algae, there are several dozen. This includes catfish ancistrus and pterigoplychts, viviparous petilia and mollies, representatives of carp fish Labe and many others, and we do not consider this shrimp and snails. However, only a few species are recognized as professional aquarium cleaners: catfish ottozinklyus, Siamese algae and gyrinoheylus.


Ototsinklyus (usually Otocinclus affinis) - representative of the family kolchuzhnyh (locomion) som, small - up to 5 cm - catfish with large sad eyes. The favorite of the famous Takashi Amano, who recommends that he be moved into an aquarium with plants at launch.

Ototsinklyus specializes in the extermination of diatoms, outbreaks of which are often observed in new aquariums.

And later, when the biological equilibrium is already established, otozinclus will not interfere. He does not touch anyone, does not harm the plants at all, and with the stubbornness of a professional gardener thoroughly cleans their leaves from diatoms and green algae. Cleaning glasses, soil, underwater objects usually interests him less. If the algae in the aquarium is small, the otozincluses are fed with vegetable food, preferably with a slightly boiled zucchini, which is attached to the bark or stone with a rubber band or a clip and left for two days. In an aquarium with otsinklyus should be clean water (the level of nitrates is not more than 10 mg / l).

Siamese Algae Eaters

The Latin name of this species is Crossochelius siamensis (synonym Epalzeorhynchus siamensis), they are often called the CAE abbreviation (from the English Siamese Algae Eater), sometimes affectionately with husks or sais. Cute, peaceful schooling fish up to 10-12 cm long. Their mouth is adapted to eat algae growing in the form of a gun, tassels or fringe.

Siamese algae are the only ones who are able to rid the aquarium of red algae - Vietnamese and black beard, which is very difficult to bring out in other ways.

In addition to red, they enjoy eating filamentous green algae. The plants practically do not damage, the exception is Javanese moss, to which adult fish are often not indifferent. SAE has a poorly developed swim bladder, so they cannot swim for a long time in the middle layers of water, often lying on the bottom. At the same time they are quite bouncy, so the aquarium with these fish must be closed. To achieve their reproduction in the conditions of the aquarium has not yet succeeded, therefore, all specimens sold for sale are wild and imported. And here lies the problem.

The fact is that in the same rivers and streams, where they catch SAE, there are still some very similar related species of fish. They are caught along with Siamese seaweed and then sold together in pet stores. Therefore, there are Thai or false algae (Epalzeorhynchus sp. or Garra taeniata), one more their name - Siamese flying chanterelles; Indonesian algae or red-flipper epalceorinha (Epalzeorhynchus kallopterus); Indian seaweed (Crossocheilus latius) and other representatives of the genera epalceorinh, crossheylus and garra. All of them are almost indistinguishable in appearance, but differ from each other in character and effectiveness as sweepers - Siamese flying chanterelle, for example, the fish is quite aggressive, but reluctantly destroys algae. Therefore, if the goal is the acquisition of a peaceful and hardworking CAE, you should pay attention to the following signs:

  • fins are transparent, without yellow and orange shades;
  • the black stripe on the side of the fish goes from the nose to the tip of the tail;
  • the upper edge of this strip is zigzag;
  • on the sides of the fish there is a mesh pattern (the edges of the scales are dark);
  • on the tip of the muzzle is one pair of dark antennae;
  • when the fish rests on the bottom, stones or leaves of plants, it rests on the caudal and pelvic fins, not on the pectoral ones.


Girinoheylus, or Chinese seaweed (Gyrinocheilus aymonieri or less common view Gyrinocheilus pennocki), as well as CAE, refers to carp fish. His oral apparatus is arranged in the form of a sucker.

Girinoheylus is the best expert in the destruction of green algae plaque, which often appears in herbal aquariums with powerful lighting.

They reach a length of 15 cm, the color is gray-brownish with a dark stripe or, more often, light golden albino. Adult fish show a pronounced territoriality by attacking other fish, which they consider to be their competitors. The disadvantage of the girinohaylusov is their tendency to damage the soft leaves of higher plants. It cannot be said that they eat the plants cleaned, but small scratches and scuffs can leave. Therefore, it is important to ensure that they have enough food. To do this, you must observe the density of their landing - for each individual at least 40-50 liters of water. If the algae in the aquarium a little, it is recommended to feed the garinoheylus plant food: cucumber, cabbage, lettuce and dandelion.

Why do seaweed stop eating algae? Quite often there is evidence that the CAE, as well as the girinokhailusy, are engaged in diligent cleaning of the aquarium only at a young age, and when growing, they completely lose interest in algae and switch to dry food. Indeed, this happens, but only when they have something to choose from. If there is no excess dry food in the aquarium, then there is nothing left for the algae, except to do its regular duties. Therefore, the recommendations here are as follows: feed the fish only in the evening, if there is little algae, try to feed the fish not with dry food, but only with vegetable, or, even better, specifically grow algae in other aquariums or simply in jars of water installed in bright places.

It should be noted that there are no such complaints on the otozinclus, it is engaged in cleaning the aquarium from algae, not paying attention to dry food.

Example of the work of the girinohailus

Aquarium Algae Compatibility

Since the life of the algae directly depends on the size of their pasture, the question of competition for food resources is very acute for them, and the behavior of these fish was formed under its influence. Many of them expressed territoriality, the manifestations of which complicate the lives of their neighbors and aquarist.

The only algae-compatible algae are Otozinclus and CAE. Since they have a different structure of the oral apparatus and, accordingly, different food preferences, they will not compete. In addition, both species are quite peaceful. No other algae species can be planted together.

Girinoheylusy and CAE will irreconcilably quarrel with each other, as well as antsistrusami and Labo. If the aquarium is small and there are few shelters in it, then adult Siamese algae-eaters will also sort things out with individuals of their own species, and the girinoheyluses will fight to the death. Some authors indicate that the girinohailus are aggressively tuned to all the fish around them. I can say that this is not the case, or at least not always the case - in my aquarium, the girinoheylus does not pay any attention to its peaceful neighbors, unless they swim up close to the site where it is currently grazing.

With predatory cichlids it is also not recommended to keep algae-eats The only exceptions are CAE’s aggressive counterparts - Siamese flying chanterelles. They are larger and can stand up for themselves.

Thus, non-predatory, peaceful fish of small or medium size that are not interested in algae can become good neighbors for the heroes of this article.

Algae fish can become indispensable human helpers in the fight for the purity of the aquarium. Having dealt with their species, food preferences and behavioral characteristics, each aquarist decides for himself which of them will bring his greatest benefit to a glass pond, making it healthier and more beautiful.

Video, how do otsinklyusov in the aquarium:

Siamese seaweed - perky whale in your tank!

Many people prefer the aquarium in the apartment to pets - cats, dogs, hamsters or parrots. And this, in principle, is understandable: the motley variety of fish cutting through clear water, gliding among decorative ruins, winding between algae, pleases the eye. As for the care of the aquarium, then there is no need for special delights: regular meals, clean water and high-quality filters will ensure your fish a long and healthy life. One of the fish, which are often "lodged" in aquariums, is the Siamese seaweed.

Overseas fish

This fish is found in the waters of the Malay Peninsula and Thailand, from where it was brought back in the 60-70s of the twentieth century. She quickly fell in love with the owners of aquariums: beautiful and fun, unpretentious and living for a long time - the Siamese seaweed spread across Europe with enviable speed. His brother, the Chinese seaweed, lives in the waters of the Chao Phraya River, which, however, did not prevent him from becoming a no less welcome guest in European aquariums. Due to their peaceful disposition, sea-eaters do not have problems with their neighbors, however these are very active creatures, therefore it may be somewhat uncomfortable for apathetic and passive fish to be in a small tank with them.

Life in captivity

Siamese seaweed has a distinctive feature, which is displayed in its name - it is the only fish that feeds on red algae. Algae predator gives preference to young plants; When growing fish in an aquarium, make sure that there is enough vegetation in it - otherwise they will eat all the moss. As for the water tanks in which you plan to settle the algae, they should be large enough (in captivity the Siamese algae can grow up to 15 cm) and equipped with a lid (this is a very jumping fish and will certainly take the opportunity to leave the uncovered aquarium). It is funny to watch this fish when it rests: unlike other fish, the seaweed does not sleep on the stomach, but having fixed the body in a somewhat elevated position and leaning on the tail and hind fins.

Specific features

A long black strip from the nose to the beginning of the tail with a zigzag edge is a feature that differs from other fish in the Siamese seaweed. Keeping in captivity is completely unproblematic, as the fish is unpretentious, gets on well with other fish and can disturb the peace of aquarium waters only by chasing representatives of its own species. So that the algae-dwelling lives in the aquarium and at the same time does not create unnecessary problems, at the time when they grow especially intensively, “relocate” them to a small closed aquarium, and then return them back. Unfortunately, the most beautiful young individuals; also, over time, the seaweed stops eating algae and goes on to another food, which is very disadvantageous. Deciding to decorate your aquarium with algae, make sure that the water in the tank is saturated with oxygen - due to the weak breathing of the fish need high-quality aeration of water. By creating the conditions necessary for the full life of the algae, you will be rewarded in full: a cheerful jumping fish will certainly please you with its active behavior, funny habits and inexhaustible energy.

Seaweed in the aquarium

Algae sometimes overwhelm the entire aquarium and violate the habitat. Essential cleaners - dozens of species of aquarium fish, seaweed, snails and shrimp.

Siamese Algae Fish

This inhabitant destroys the red, diatom and green algae, young, up to 10 cm long. In Siamese algae the oblong body is silver with a black stripe. On the lower lip - two antennae. It differs from the others by a strip from the head to the end of the tail, as well as by the fact that, lying on the bottom, they keep on three points - the ventral fins and on the tail. Imported specimens are being marketed because they do not reproduce in captivity.

Seaweed ottsinklyus

Somiki with a gray oblong body with a wide black stripe, mouth-suction cup and large eyes are algae-eating ottozinclus. They love aquariums with places to hide, with rocks, tunnels, thickets. Able to clean them from algae. Unpretentious, eat raw peeled vegetables, kept at the bottom of the aquarium. Get on with small fish.

Algae Snails

At sea aquariums snail algae turbo, trohus, strombus are valued. Snails feed on plants, algae - scraped from the walls of the aquarium, from stones and corals.

Snails and live fish live in saltwater and freshwater aquariums. Algae in the aquarium feed on algae. Get rid of them aquariums. They multiply rapidly, they can flood the entire aquarium. If not followed, may even harm other inhabitants.

Seaweed Shrimp

Clear aquariums clear, small algae shrimp (Caridina. Red Cherry, Amano). In the water almost invisible. From shelters come up at night. Поедают водоросли и все остатки после рыбок. Ночью могут пощипать хвосты рыбкам. Иногда сами становятся кормом для них.

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