Reticulated Siamese Algae Eater
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Scientific Name: Crossocheilus reticulatus
Origin: Thailand, China
- Care Level: Moderate
- Temperament: Peaceful
- Lifespan: 6-8 years
- Water Conditions: 73-81 °F, pH 6.0-7.5
- Maximum Size: 4.5"-6"
- Diet: Herbivore
- Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons
The Reticulated Siamese Algae Eater is also commonly known as the Reticulated Flying Fox. They are metallic gold or copper in color with a charcoal net-like pattern covering their bodies. There is a single black spot at the base of the anal fin.
They should be given plenty of swimming room and will prefer a tank with a strong flow to imitate their natural river environment. They are hardy, but like other river-dwellers, will be sensitive to a build up of waste and should be given regular water changes to avoid any drops in water quality. They can be kept with other peaceful community fish.
Strict herbivores, they should be fed an algae based diet via flakes or wafers with other vegetable matter supplementation and carnivorous foods should be avoided.