I know the plant is plastic. :hihi: The fish is in my husbands 125g cichlid tank and I'm thinking about moving it over to my planted tank... just wanted to know if it will eat or bother my shrimp or eat my plants. I'm also wanting to know if it will help with my algae problem.
That is not a CAE and it is not even a SAE. That is a Thai Flying Fox. The silverstripe above the black stripe down the side to go along with the fact that the black stripe ends at the base of the caudal fin is a dead give away. Chinese algae eaters look nothing like a SAE or a Flying fox. Here is a Chinsese algae eater - Gyrinocheilus aymonieri: http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/SpeciesSummary.php?id=12298
Thanks for all the replies. After examining the pictures I've come to the conclusion that it looks the most similar to the Garra cambodgiensis. I've had this fish for probably 4 years and it seems to have reached its maximum size of 2.5-3". Do you think it is safe to put it in with shrimp, some of which are 3/4" long?
It looks like either an SAE or a false SAE, like a flying fox. The fins look a little yellowish and the body looks more scaley, as opposed to smooth. I also don't see the the black horizontal line extending to the tip of the tail. My guess is that this is a false SAE. I used to have about four that looked like that and they pretty much stopped eating algae and started poking at my plants. I'm not sure if they were eating them or just damaging them, but the plants were dying. They also the majority of the last batch of RCS that I bought. This time, there are no fish with the shrimp at all....
It's not a Flying Fox as they have black in the dorsal fin and other fins. It's a False siamensis or Garra taeniata, aka 'Stone lapping fish'. See this link. http://www.thekrib.com/Fish/Algae-Eaters/
I have have one of these and it is a good eater of green algae but little else in the algae family.
gara gara pingi is dark blackish with red fins. not an SAE , nor a flying fox , a flying fox ( which ide call plant safe i have 2 monsters in my planted) is more blackish than n e thing. this does have the shape of a gara species.
I had this same fish in my 29g for over a year. It grew quite large and was only agressive to larger fish. No problems with it eating shrimp. Pretty fish with the orangish lips, but eventually got too big for my tastes.
It is not a Garra cambodgiensis; it is a Garra taeniata as it has a light yellowish stripe above the black band and the cambodgienisi doesn't.
I used to have two and they always got along and they also get along with the SAE in my tank. They did not do well with a Red tailed Black Shark. Actually it was the RTBS that was the aggressor. It is a good grazer for green algae.