True size of SAE's

papa_c

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I'm think of getting 2 or 3 SAE for my EA 900, however I'm put off by the possible size. I see quoted up to 6 inches, I guess this is the theoretical size, but this is way bigger than I want in my tank.

What is your experience in the real world of the size that they will grow to?
 

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I'm think of getting 2 or 3 SAE for my EA 900, however I'm put off by the possible size. I see quoted up to 6 inches, I guess this is the theoretical size, but this is way bigger than I want in my tank.

What is your experience in the real world of the size that they will grow to?
They do get that big and It doesn’t take too long either. Once they get bigger they get pretty lazy too on the algae eating front. I much prefer using shrimps and snails as they don’t add anything to the bio-load of the tank.

cheers

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I got four at less than half an inch each three weeks ago. The biggest is now 3 inches.

They grow fast!

I hear conflicting views on whether mature SAE continue to primarily eat algae. I suspect it greatly depends on the availability of alternative food sources.

I feed my fish once a day, in the evening, shortly after lights off.

My Pearl Gourami, Angela Fish and Red Eye Tetra take 90% of the pellets from the surface, leaving very little to sink for my Panda Garra and SAE.

So far these mid-to-bottom feeders have continued to see algae and biofilm as there primary food source, but they are not fully grown so I'll have to wait and see.
 

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Thanks for the info.....guess I will be steering away from them!
 
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They do keep on eating algea here, but when mature they also eat moss and tripartita just as good. I imagine they eat more fast growing young leaves too..
I like their character but I have to rescue the jumpers once a while.. Lucky for them they pick a time when I'm home for some strange reason..

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