Siamese algae eaters fill a particular role, they’re perfect for someone looking for a fish that will help to tidy up their tank by clearing algae. They’re active and social creatures that will do well in both large groups, and when kept alone. At feeding time they’re easy and will eat anything put in their tank. Since they’re peaceful, these fish are ideal for beginners to add to their community aquarium. One thing to look out for is the Siamese flying fox which looks almost identical to the algae eaters and as a result, they are often confused.
Why you need Siamese algae eaters
The reason they’ve become so popular is that they’re one of the best algae eaters available. They move around a lot, so they cover the whole tank quickly. While the movement helps with the algae, it keeps your tank active and interesting too. Lots of other algae eaters don’t move much. That being said, Siamese algae eaters produce waste just like any other fish. Overstocking can make your tank messier rather than cleaner.
Favorable Tank Conditions for algae eaters
As they spend most of their time near the bottom of the tank, a sandy substrate makes it safer for them to swim around without scratching their body or damaging their sensitive barbels.
Plants should be added to make them feel at home. They act as shelter while keeping the water cleaner and oxygenated.
There’s a chance that your fish will start nibbling at some of the plants if they can’t find any other food. Keeping them well fed is the best way to protect your plants. One strategy is to use fast-growing species, like hornwort, that can quickly recover if any parts get eaten.
All fish like to have somewhere they can hide away from their tank mates, bottom-dwelling fish especially. Create caves around the tank to give them an escape. They aren’t territorial so there shouldn’t be any squabbling over who goes where.
What to know about feeding aquarium fish
In nature, fish eat whenever they are hungry and the food is available. If food sources are plentiful, they will eat several times a day. On the other hand, if food sources are scarce, they might go for days between meals. For this reason, fish are very opportunistic and will eat whenever they have a chance.
Regardless of one or two feedings, the key is to keep each feeding very small. Do Not overfeed your fish. Whenever in doubt, the best practice is to underfeed your fish. There are a lot of health concerns related to overfeeding your fish.