• You are viewing the forum as a Guest, please login (you can use your Facebook, Twitter, Google or Microsoft account to login) or register using this link: Log in or Sign Up
  • You can now follow UKAPS on Instagram.

Algae Eating Crew

nigel bentley

Member
Joined
20 Oct 2019
Messages
106
Location
Wallington
I currently have 1 SAE, 3 Nerite snails acting as a clean up crew in 450 litre planted tank.
Although the SAE is busy I don't consider these to be a sufficient amount.
I've never seen any calculator to work the optimum quantity, just interested in people's thoughts?
 

noobscaper

Member
Joined
30 Dec 2019
Messages
41
Location
Warsaw, Poland
AFAIK SAEs are supposed to be schooling fish, so I'd say 6 of them. I have a single one in my community right now and it's quite an annoying not-so-little bugger, chasing the mollies all the time.
 

jameson_uk

Member
Joined
10 Jun 2016
Messages
860
Location
Birmingham
AFAIK SAEs are supposed to be schooling fish, so I'd say 6 of them. I have a single one in my community right now and it's quite an annoying not-so-little bugger, chasing the mollies all the time.
That was my experience too. When I got him and he was small he used to school with the black neon tetras and Otos but as he got bigger he turned into a right bully. He would go for the food and chase of Corys and others to get his pick. He ate a bit of algae but not a huge amount and from a very early age we not for fish food first and algae second.

That said I think they are lovely fish and if I had a bigger tank with more robust fish I might get a school.
 
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
Nick72 Siamese Algae Eater (SAE) Fish 15
Sarpijk Confirmed Planaria- eating fish. Fish 7

Similar threads

Top