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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V3 #907

The false SAE have 2 pair of barbels, the true SAE has only one pair that looks
kind of like a mustache on a mexican bandito from old western movies (it point
straight down or slightly forward).  I have 1 false SAE and 5 real SAEs.  The
false SAE has a kind of gold tint to his body, espacially his dorsal fin and
the upper, horizontal stripe.  When you see the two next to each other you can
easily see it.  My girlfriend asked me if my pleco's had babies, she was
talking about the Oto's.  Think of then as 1" long plecos.(with odd colorings)

> "False siamensis,"   (Epalzeorhynchus sp. or Garra taeniata):  Horizontal
> stripe does not continue on into tail.  Horizontal stripe edge smooth.
> (NOTE: Any personal observations of "False siamensis welcomed!)
> Siamese Algae Eater, Crossocheilus siamensis:  Horizontal stripe continues
> into tail, but it is no as bold or thick through the tail as it is through
> the rest of the body. Horizontal stripe edge somewhat grainy or "zig-zaggy".
> Sometimes possesses lighter stripe over horizontal stripe.  The light
> stripes in the specimens I have observed were not so distinct as in the E.
> kalopterus.  Assumes peculiar resting position, raised off of the floor on
> its dorsal and tail fins.  Nose has a somewhat "rat-like" appearance.

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