Flying fox - Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus
Scientific name: Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus
Common name: Flying fox
Usual size in fish tanks: 14 - 17 cm (5.51 - 6.69 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.5 - 7.2
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 12°N (71.43 - 214.29ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 23 - 26 °C (73.4 - 78.8°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: East Asia
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful
Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels
Food and feeding
Flying fox is mainly an alga eater. Supply it with algae wafers, quality algal based flakes, and also include some vegetable matter in the form of cucumber, zucchini, and lettuce. Flying fox will also accept treats of tubifex and white worms.
South East Asia; Flying fox are to be found in Borneo, Java, Thailand and Sumatra.
There are no visible differences between the sexes.
As of yet there are no reported cases of the flying fox breeding in the aquarium.
The expected life span for Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus is 8 years.
If kept in a group Flying fox may become territorial, if they are the only specimen in the tank, they are peaceful with other community tank mates. Use a fine gravel or sand substrate and add hiding places in the form of rock or wood. This fish is often confused with the Siamese Algae Eater.
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