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Catching Siamese Algae Eater (SAE) - Crossocheilus siamensis, in your Moss Tank


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If you do not know the reason why should the Siamese Algae Eater (SAE), Crossocheilus siamensis, be removed from a moss tank, please see the previous article on how the SAE destroys aquatic moss within 1 hour. There are other reasons of removing the SAEs from a planted tank too - When the Siamese Algae Eater (SAE), Crossocheilus siamensis, gets too large, it will be the first one to reach for the food you put into the tank to feed your fish, and it also harasses other species of fish when it has grown large.

I've tried lots of ways to catch these fast swimmers in a densely planted tank. I've tried using 2 nets, 1 nets with baits, and Coke bottles. All of these methods were not very effective. Did I mention I almost use cyanide?

After the tank was almost tore apart, I've found the easiest, most effective, and fastest method of catching these swimming pigs. You just need to get a plastic container with a lid that can be closed with just a flip. Submersed it in the tank, lift up the lid and bait it with some of the SAE's favorite food. Frozen bloodworm is perfect in this case.

Within seconds, the greedy SAEs would find their way into the container. Using a long stick, quickly push the lid down, and the mission would be accomplished. It only took me 10 mintues to catch the 3 Siamese Algae Eater (SAE), Crossocheilus siamensis, from my planted tank.

Of course there will be some other bycatches as well. The biggest fish I ever caught was a Discus about 1/2 the size of the container. In the above example, the Guppys were faster than the SAE to arrive at the food.









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