Photo © Sean Evans
|Common name:||Flying Fox|
|Scientific name:||Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus|
|Synonyms:||E. kallopterus (misspelling)|
|Size:||Up to 6", but usually smaller.|
|Origin:||N. India, Borneo, Indonesia, Thailand|
|Tank setup:||Planted tank, with plenty of decor.|
|Compatibility:||Community, but may show some aggression. Territorial with their own kind.|
|Water chemistry:||Fairly soft, slightly acidic preferred (pH 6.5-7.0).|
|Feeding:||Omnivorous, some vegetable component to the diet is recommended.|
|Breeding:||No reports of aquarium breeding.|
This fish is often confused with similar-looking Crossocheilus and Garra species.
The Flying Fox, however, is not as useful in controlling algae as Crossocheilus species such as C. siamensis.
They do eat planarians (flatworms) which can become a nuisance in aquaria.