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I have noticed that the comment of not being able to find SAEs in a
certain area, keeps coming up. Thought I would do a quick post that
may help some of you find them.
A great many, if not most, people working in the fish departments
of stores have no idea what an SAE is, much less what they look like,
or how to tell the difference between SAEs, False SAEs, Flying Foxes,
Chinese Algea Eaters, and a few others fish that have a similiar
appearence when young.
My first suggestion is download the article on the KRID by Neil
Frank and Liisa Sarakontu on SAEs. It has good black/white sketches,
and excellent discriptions of all these fish. Read it through and keep
it available whenever you visit a fish store. I keep a copy in the
glovebox of all three of my vehicles.
Whenever you see a fish that is similiar to an SAE, get your copy
and compare the fish that you are looking at to the
description/pictures. This way you can narrow down the possibilities,
or elimenate the fish as a choice.
I have come across SAEs under a slew of names. Chinese Algea Eating
Sharks, Flying Foxes, Algea Eating Sharks, Chinese Algea Eaters,
Assorted fish from SE Asia, are a few of the names I have seen. My two
favorites are Foxey Ladies and Unknown SA Algea Eater (So America ?).
No points for close on that one.
The local stores kept telling me the same thing when I first
started asking for SAEs; They're not available here, cannot find a
source to order them, etc. To be fair, I would guess that this
mis-labeling starts from wherever the SAEs are caught and shipped
When I started comparing fish at the stores to the
description/pictures I found a lot of SAEs in different stores. Many
in tanks with a mix of SAE (True and False), Chinese Alge eaters and
When I bought the last batch of 20 to add to my group ( $1.25 US ),
I explained to the store owner what he had. He had a couple of other
fish that I was interested in, so after checking out info on them I
decided to purchase one of them. When I returned to the store, the
tank with the SAEs was relabeled, and SAEs were $4.98.
Hope this helps some of you find some