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jacob_can 12-06-2012 08:12 PM

Fish ID. Sold as SAE.
This fish has been in my tank about 4 months now and came in with a purchase of 4 SAE's. Initially, all four looked identical but he's since developed a separate look and personality.

He's incredibly hard to photograph as he's hiding at even the slightest sign of movement outside of the tank so I had to bait him with food and wait about 25 minutes for even this photograph. The other three SAE's are normal happy-go-lucky SAE's.

Any help with an ID?

LB79 12-06-2012 08:15 PM

Chinese algae eater. Sometimes a great fish, sometimes the devil incarnate. I think it depends on what type of personality the fish has...

jacob_can 12-06-2012 08:22 PM

Ah, the jerk! He is a CAE. I googled photos of CAE's and must have failed to look closely.

Thanks for the help!

Hmoobthor 12-06-2012 08:38 PM

looks like he has a sucker mouth....then it means on one thing..

chinese algae eater....aggressive at times!

SAE will have a mouth and not a sucker mouth

jacob_can 12-06-2012 08:43 PM

Yeah, I had read about CAE's when looking for my SAE's as was forewarned they are aggressive. That said, this guy is non-existent in my tank and I only catch occasional glimpses of him.

That said, he's in a Tiger Barbs species specific tank so they're pretty resilient.

ThatGuyWithTheFish 12-06-2012 08:44 PM

It should be fine with aggressive fish like barbs.

devilduck 12-06-2012 08:57 PM

My CAE, which started out silverish, is now golden with spots. He does still scrubs leaves and gravel of certain types of algae.

He's only recently started showing aggression toward certain types of fish in the tank mostly large flat fish like gourami's and he really hates my emporer tetras. He doesn't take notice of my school of tiger barbs, priscillia tretras, corys, and paradise fish.

I find that in larger tanks and keeping him well feed with cucumber slices keep his bad attitude in check.

hobos 12-06-2012 08:58 PM

Yes there OK with Barbs

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