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How long does an SAE live?
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guidomn
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PostPosted: 2010.08.31(Tue)1:23    Post subject: How long does an SAE live? Reply with quote

Hey, its been a few years since I don't post but I never lost the passion for the hobby anywho, my question is about the SAE lifespan, I got my SAE in 2006 and he wasnt a baby, he was already almost 2 inches long, now he is about 3 inches and very lively still, I'm guessing he is AT LEAST 5 years old, how much longer can they go? I really like this fish!
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PostPosted: 2010.08.31(Tue)1:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

SAE's get up to ten inches. What size tank do you have him in as you may have stunted his growth. They can live 15+ years.
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PostPosted: 2010.08.31(Tue)5:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caton wrote:
SAE's get up to ten inches. What size tank do you have him in as you may have stunted his growth. They can live 15+ years.


SAE is Siamese Algae Eaters or Crossicheilus siamensis. I think you are getting these confused with CAE or Chinese Algae Eaters. CAE's can get large like you are saying, but I believe SAE's max out around 4-5 inches.
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PostPosted: 2010.08.31(Tue)5:13    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, I meant CAE... Sorry....
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PostPosted: 2010.08.31(Tue)9:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you've ID'd the fish right, that is a very small specimen. 2" is just a baby, 3" is still quite a small fish. SAEs should be much bigger, especially at 5 years of age - perhaps it was stunted somewhere along the way? By now I would've thought it would be at least 5", 6"+ if you have a big one.
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PostPosted: 2010.08.31(Tue)17:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sometimes Garra sp. get mixed in with SAE and they max out about 3".
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PostPosted: 2010.09.01(Wed)1:08    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, we use the metric system here so, I got it wrong, my SAE is a lil over 12 centimeters long which is about 4 inches and half or so. my tank is 55 gallon and I can't see how he would be stunted since the tank only has him a few ottos, 6 kuhlis loaches and thats all, people say "your tank is empty man!" But I think its perfect like that hehe my SAE looks very healthy, fat and he is the tank king. 15 years is a lot! hope I can't keep him that long!

thanks for answers! as for species ID I'm pretty sure he is an SAE I ve searched the net and confirmed all the physical traits.
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