Max Size: 15cm

False Siamese Algae Eater (Garra cambodgiensis)

The False Siamese Algae Eater, also known as the False Flying Fox and the Cambodian logsucker, is a generally peaceful addition to the community aquarium. However, this fish is territorial with its own kind and similar-looking species, such as the True Flying Fox. Nevertheless, these fish can make a good member of the well-chosen community tank of stream-dwelling species.

False Siamese Algae eaters have been observed moving around in loose gatherings of their own species in their natural habitat. However, if you plan to maintain more than one of these fish in the aquarium, it is worth bearing in mind that these fish are better kept in groups of five or more individuals to disperse aggression. It is also advisable to include plenty of visual barriers in the decor; these can consist of plants, caves, bogwood and driftwood so that the fish can hide away and form their own territories.

If you keep the False Siamese Algae Eaters in smaller groups, they will fight more frequently amongst themselves. Therefore, it would be better to aim for a decent-sized group so that the dominant fish cannot overly harass a single individual in the aquarium.

For the best health of these fish, you should make sure that the water is well-oxygenated, and because they require stable water conditions and graze on biofilm, you should not keep this species in an immature set-up.

The False Siamese Algae Eater has an elongated body with a wide, dark mid-lateral stripe; above that stripe is a slimmer bar that is a golden colour. These fish also possess a transparent caudal fin with yellow hints and red edging. Their pectoral fins are clear with a red hue, and their dorsal fins are also transparent; however, they display some brown and yellow markings. Their abdomens are a silvery yellow colour.

False Siamese Algae Eater (Garra cambodgiensis) Video

False Siamese Algae Eater (Garra cambodgiensis) Aquarium Garra Fish Species Profile & Care Guide


Garra Cambodgiensis
Garra Cambodgiensis
Quick Facts
Scientific NameGarra cambodgiensis
Year Described1883
Other NamesCambodian Logsucker, Stonelapping Minnow, False Flying Fox, Black Band Garra
OriginsCambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam
Aquarium LevelBottom
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asPairs
Lifespanup to 10 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.0 - 7.5
GH3 - 15
TDS18 -215
68 - 80℉
20 - 26.7℃


In the home aquarium, the False Siamese Algae Eater will readily accept most good quality dried foods such as granules, flakes and sinking pellets. These modern food products have been developed to provide all adequate nutrition to maintain your fish's health and dietary requirements.

Providing additional foodstuffs such as live, frozen, and freeze-dried meals such as bloodworm, daphnia, and tubifex once or twice a week will provide additional benefits to your fish's health and well-being but is not a must for this fish.

It should be noted that bloodworms should only be given as an occasional treat and should not be used as the staple diet as they are difficult for fish to digest and can potentially cause blockages.

This fish is an omnivore in the wild, meaning it will consume some vegetable matter. Although most modern fish foods take this into account and include them in their products, you can still supplement your fish's diet with blanched vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and zucchini. Ensure you do not overfeed your fish and remove any leftovers the following day.

Tank Mates

1 interesting tank mate ideas for the False Siamese Algae Eater could include:

Dwarf Gourami(Trichogaster lalius)

Sexual Dimorphism

It is relatively straightforward to differentiate between male and female False Siamese Algae Eaters. Sexually mature males exhibit bright red mouthparts when in spawning conditions and are generally more colourful than females. In contrast, females are noticeably fuller-bodied than males and are typically duller than males.

Both the males and the females develop tubercules on their heads and their snouts; however, these tend to be more evident in males.

Other Garras of interest

Panda Garra(Garra Flavatra)
Red Garra(Garra Rufa)
Date Added: 22/03/2021 - Updated: 06/12/2022 15:18:47