What fish can live with Siamese algae eaters?

Answered by Jarrod Smith

Siamese algae eaters, also known as Siamese flying foxes, are peaceful and generally compatible with a variety of fish species. However, it’s important to choose tank mates that are similarly peaceful and will not outcompete the Siamese algae eater for food or territory. Here are some suitable tank mates for Siamese algae eaters:

1. Guppies: Guppies are small, colorful and peaceful fish that can coexist well with Siamese algae eaters. However, it’s important to ensure that the guppies are not long-finned varieties, as the algae eater may nip at their fins.

2. Tetras: Popular tetra species like neon tetras, cardinal tetras, and glowlight tetras are compatible with Siamese algae eaters. These small schooling fish are peaceful and add a vibrant touch to the aquarium.

3. Danios: Zebra danios and leopard danios are active and fast-swimming fish that can make great companions for Siamese algae eaters. They are hardy and enjoy similar water conditions.

4. Barbs: Peaceful barb species like cherry barbs or gold barbs can be suitable tank mates for Siamese algae eaters. However, avoid more aggressive barb species like tiger barbs, as they may harass the algae eaters.

5. Gouramis: While some gouramis can be territorial, there are docile varieties that can coexist peacefully with Siamese algae eaters. Honey gouramis or dwarf gouramis, for example, are generally peaceful and can make good tank mates.

It’s important to note that the temperament of individual fish can vary, so it’s always a good idea to monitor their behavior when introducing new tank mates. Additionally, providing ample hiding spots and plants in the aquarium can help create a more harmonious environment for all the fish.

In my personal experience, I have successfully kept Siamese algae eaters with tetras, particularly neon tetras. The vibrant colors of the tetras contrasted beautifully with the Siamese algae eaters, creating an eye-catching display in the tank. The fish coexisted peacefully, and the algae eaters diligently kept the tank clean from algae.

Remember to consider the size of your tank and ensure it is adequately sized for the number and species of fish you plan to keep. Regular water changes, proper feeding, and maintaining good water quality are essential for the overall health and well-being of all the fish in the aquarium.