Siamese algae-eater (Crossocheilus oblongus)

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Siamese algae-eater

Crossocheilus oblongus

208 Litres (55 US G.)

12-15 cm (4.7-5.9")




6.0 - 7.5

22.8-27.2°C (73 -81 °F)

2-12 °d

1:2 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

3-5 years



Additional names

Siamese algae-eater

Additional scientific names

Labeo oblongus, Crossocheilus siamensis, Epalzeorhynchos siamensis, Epalzeorhynchos stigmaeus

Origin[edit | edit source]

Asia: Thailand to Indonesia.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

It's not possible to visually sex this fish.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A generally peaceful fish that does best kept in pairs or groups.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Likes to eat algae when very young, but soon prefers dry flake food, bloodworm, etc. However, this fish will not resolve an algae problem.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Likes a long tank with a moderate to strong current and bogwood décor.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A generally peaceful active fish.

Identification[edit | edit source]

Not to be mistaken for the more colourful Flying Fox (Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus) or the very similar Siamese Algae Eater (Crossocheilus siamensis). The Siamese Flying Fox has a smooth black band running down its length that does not extend through the caudal tail fin.

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