Flying Fox - Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus
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.
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|Common Name||Flying Fox|
|Scientific Name||Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus|
|Max Size (in inches)||6.25|
|Min Tank Size (in gallons)||55|
|Armed Forces Americas|
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|Armed Forces Pacific|