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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-18-2019, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
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SAE ate adult RCS?

Yesterday I looked over from my computer to see my SAE munching on chunks of cherry shrimp exoskeleton. My first thought was that it was just a molted exoskeleton, but there were blotches of red on it, which I've never seen before. Immediately after, the SAE went right back to buzzing around the tank eating algae, as usual.

This morning, I saw the SAE enthusiastically munching on more shrimp remains in the tank, and I can only find two of my previously six adult cherry shrimp. The only other fish in the tank are six ember tetras and two pygmy cories, neither of which could take on a full-size shrimp.

I've heard of all sorts of negative SAE behaviors, but never eating adult shrimp, and especially not in one who is a model citizen otherwise. I googled it, and I quickly found a video of an SAE hunting down adult cherry shrimp.


Be warned. I'm taking an SAE off the stocking list for my upcoming community tank.
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I have one in my tank that tries my patience continuously... its a bully. The only fish in the tank it doesn't mess with are my 8 " geophagus.
I bought it and another during a bout with BBA- bad mistake. It killed the other and has not eaten anything other than what I drop in the tank. Ive heard some have been successful in getting there's to eat algae; but, not in my case.

Many experienced on this forum have recommended working on factors contributing to algae growth instead of getting a fish to "deal with it." This is sound advice.

I wouldn't be surprised at it eating shrimp - not at all.

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What a shame, I loved my SAE. When I'm cleaning the tank, he'll come up and nibble on my fingers, even swimming through my semi-closed hand. I'm not sure I've ever had a friendlier fish, and I love watching his constant foraging (especially when he really rips big pieces of algae off).

And he's been a model citizen until now.

I was hoping all the bad behaviors attributed to the SAE were just due to species confusion, but now I'm wondering if that isn't the case. Although, I suspect mine is not langei, the "correct" SAE.
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What a shame, I loved my SAE. When I'm cleaning the tank, he'll come up and nibble on my fingers, even swimming through my semi-closed hand. I'm not sure I've ever had a friendlier fish, and I love watching his constant foraging (especially when he really rips big pieces of algae off).

And he's been a model citizen until now.

I was hoping all the bad behaviors attributed to the SAE were just due to species confusion, but now I'm wondering if that isn't the case. Although, I suspect mine is not langei, the "correct" SAE.
It may very well be misidentified. I have never looked to verify if it is the "good one."
I wish I had one like yours; that would be enjoyable. Its okay. He is fine--- and in 3 decades of fish-keeping Ive never taken a fish to a LFS because of bad behavior. He will live his life out in health, one way or another.

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It may very well be misidentified. I have never looked to verify if it is the "good one."
I think I recall you posting in my SAE identification thread, but one easy way to be fairly confident you have langei is to look for a dark spot between the anus and the pelvic fins. Mine swims up the glass pretty regularly, and I can't see anything like that.

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He is fine--- and in 3 decades of fish-keeping Ive never taken a fish to a LFS because of bad behavior.
I think I've only ever taken back large clownfish. They're not so great once they're big enough to make you bleed if your hand enters their territory.


By the way, just noticed you're in Elk Grove - I'm in the Sacramento area too! (Well, for the summer.) What LFS do you go to? I used to go to Aqua Life in Rocklin a lot, but they have really gone downhill. Now I go to Your Reef for saltwater and Aquarium Depot for freshwater. I love Your Reef, but Aquarium Depot has a pretty average freshwater selection.
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