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Flying Fox - Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus

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The Flying Fox (Epalzeorhynchus kalopterus) is a slender fish with a tan upper body and a white belly. A wide black horizontal stripe runs from the snout to the base of the tail. The fins are transparent and lightly tinged with brownish yellow, or sometimes red. It has a "sucker"-type mouth and bears a close resemblance to the Siamese Algae Eater (Crossocheilus siamensis).

The Flying Fox is often sold as an algae eater, but it is actually omnivorous, and won't usually eat a lot of algae. It is a fast-swimming fish that is always active. It can become aggressive with its own kind, and will sometimes chase and harass other tankmates. Therefore, they are best kept in community tanks with other medium sized semi-aggressive fish.

This hardy fish is easy to care for and will add activity to any tank. It is also a great scavenger. Provide hiding places such as rocks, wood, and other decorations. Beware of keeping this fish with soft-leaved live plants as they will usually damage or eat the leaves.

Specifications

Specifications
MPN
F90 0022 0244
Manufacturer
That Fish Place
Common NameFlying Fox
Scientific NameEpalzeorhynchos kalopterus
OriginAsia
Max Size (in inches)6.25
Community SafeYes
pH Range6.5-7.0
DietOmnivore
Min Tank Size (in gallons)55
Temperature Range75-78
DifficultyModerate
Internal Id
20215

State Restrictions
Alaska
Armed Forces Americas
Armed Forces Europe
Armed Forces Pacific
California
Hawaii
Puerto Rico

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