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Guys.. quick question.. I have an SAE in my tank now.. was wondering if I add a few Ottos in the future if they will coexist peacefully? Anyone know from experience?
 

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If you have a true Siamese algae eater, also known as a flying fox, then I think they would live peacefully together. If you have a false Siamese algae eater or a Chinese algae eater, then I wouldn't add any otocinclus. The other two can get aggressive, especially when they get older. I would start by determining exactly which fish you have, as there is often confusion and mislabeling. The name SAE has been used on all three fish.
 

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good point.. this is the guy I have (not my pic, but this is what he looks like)

 

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That pic also shows up under Siamese and even "False Siamese".. so I have no idea which it is..but that is what he looks like.. I'll try to get a pic of him in the tank..but I might have a better chance getting Big Foot on film
 

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the black mark extending through the tail makes it easy to tell true siamese apart from others.
 

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Siamese Algae Eater (SAE), Crossocheilus siamensis
Horizontal body strip zigzags and extends through tail
Sometimes has light stripe above dark stripe
Back/dorsal area has black edged scales (reticulated)
Dorsal fin, anal fin and pelvic fins are transparent
1 pair of barbels

False Siamensis, Epalzeorhynchus sp.
Horizontal body stripe edge is smooth and does not extend through the tail
Has light stripe above the dark stripe
Back/dorsal area is solid grayish-brown
Dorsal fin has darkened rays and dorsal fin, anal fin and pelvic fins are yellowish in color
Mouth appears reddish-pink, non-clinging sucker mouth
2 pair of barbels

Flying Fox, Epalzeorhynchus kalopterus
Horizontal body stripe edge is smooth and extends through tail
Has a light stripe above the dark stripe
Dorsal fin has dark bands with white tips
2 pair of barbels



Crossocheilus oblongus
Horizontal body stripe edge is smooth and does not extend through tail
Dorsal, anal and pelvic fins are transparent
2 pair of barbels



Chinese Algae Eater (CAE), Gyrinocheilus aymonieri
Uneven horizontal body stripe edge
Dorsal, anal and pelvic fins are transparent
Has a clinging sucker mouth


There is a table I stole from another website on the different algae eaters and how to distinguish between them. I do know that the CAE gets quite aggressive when it gets older. I don't know much about the others, though reading says the true SAE is pretty docile.
 

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Well.. here is a pic of my Asian algae eater :)

And I guess I should hold off on Otos ?

 
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