Siamese seaweed (lat. Grossocheilus siamensis) – It is a representative of the family of barbs, which feeds on algae. The natural habitat of the fish are flowing waters of the Malaysian Peninsula and Thailand.
For the first time a representative of this species was brought to Europe in 1962, but it was not particularly popular until the 70s, until aquarists noted its ability to eat red algae. In abbreviation, this fish is often called SAE, that is, Siamese Algae Eater.
photo: Siamese seaweed
The Siamese seaweed has a slim body with a grayish-brown color and a distinct horizontal strip of black color. If the conditions of detention are good, then the fish grows to its maximum size (about 15 cm) in 2 years.
But often in the aquariums algae grow more slowly, so there are smaller individuals.
The fins of the fish are transparent or slightly dull, without a characteristic yellowish or reddish shine. The black stripe extends from the nose to the caudal fin; it is not quite straight, rather zigzag.
When the fish is excited, the black color becomes lighter. The lower part of the body is silver and white, each scale has a dark edging. Also, the fish has a pair of long and thin antennae near the cheeks.
Sexual dimorphism is weakly expressed – females are larger than males, there are no other characteristic sex differences.
These are active and fast-swimming fish, so you need to keep them in spacious aquariums. Be sure to plant some broadleaf plants: for example, cryptocoryne – young fish like to rest on algae leaves.
In fish, the swim bladder is not formed, so they can swim in the middle layers of the water only if they are constantly moving, otherwise they will simply sink to the bottom.
photo: Siamese seaweed – the main algae fighter in the aquarium
The temperature of the content – 24-26 degrees, the rigidity is less than 30 dH, pH – 6.5-7. Water should be changed regularly, and the aquarium should be equipped with a filter and aerator, since Siamese algae-eaters are found only in clean flowing water bodies.
Food – live, artificial and algae.