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Flying Fox



Picture of Flying Fox
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.
Temperature:24-26oC (75-79oF)
Water chemistry:Fairly soft, slightly acidic preferred (pH 6.5-7.0).
Feeding:Omnivorous, some vegetable component to the diet is recommended.
Sexing:Unknown
Breeding:No reports of aquarium breeding.
Comments: 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.

 

 

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