I saw an unusual fish in with the CAEs at the fish store yesterday and got
all excited. Turns out, if I understand the article by N Frank and L.
Sarakontu on the SAE website, I have purchased a "False Siamensis"
(Epalzeorhynchus sp. or Garra taeniata). The article doesn't say whether
this fish will eat red algae or not. Does anyone know whether it's going
to consume any? I won't be able to find out for a couple weeks as my
quarantine tank doesn't have much of an algae problem. This, of course,
also raises the question: what should I feed it till I move it to the
Thanks in advance for any help.
Department of History
University of Iowa
P.S. The article mentions that when this fish is frightened its "black
strip fades to grey." They aren't kidding, by the time the pet shop
employee had gotten this little sucker (term used literally) out of the
little box into the bag the fish was sort of a solid cream color. It has
since colored back up nicely.