Cyprinds / Flying Fox

Flying Fox
Epalzeorhynchus kallopterus

Synonyms: Barbus kallopterus
Physical description: An elongated fish with a flat belly profile. The back is olive brown to dark brown while the lower-parts are yellowish white. A brown-black, lateral stripe extends from the snout, through the eye, and to the fork of the caudal fin. Above this is a more slender, gold stripe. The dorsal, anal, and ventral fins have a black band and a white edging. The iris of the eye may be bright red.
Size/Length: To 6" (15 cm), although rarely larger than 4.7" (12 cm) in aquaria.
Similar species: Siamese Flying Fox ( C. siamensis)
Habitat: Inhabits fast-flowing streams and rivers in foothill areas. Southeast Asia; Borneo, Java, Sumatra.
S: bottom
Aquarium: A 32" (81 cm) tank with a capacity of 30 gallons (114 L) is adequate for fish smaller than 4" (10 cm). Fish larger than this must be kept in a tank measuring at least 36" (91 cm) with a capacity of 35 gallons (132 L). The tank should be heavily planted and have a moderate to strong current. Provide hiding places with rocks, roots, and wood and use strong lighting to promote algae growth. Use a fine gravel substrate.
Water chemistry: pH 6-7.5 (6.5), 2-12 dH (6), 73-81°F (23-27°C).   
Social behavior: The Flying Fox should be kept singly or in schools. If kept in small groups, territorial disputes quickly arise. Peaceful towards dissimilar species, the flying fox is recommended as an algae eater for a community tank.
Suggested companions: Gouramis, Danios, Barbs, Loaches, Acaras, Angelfish, Eartheaters, tetras, Rasboras, Knifefish.
FOOD: Algae, vegetable flakes, vegetables; spinach, lettuce; tablets; oatmeal; live; planarias, Tubifex , crustaceans; aquatic insets.
SEX: Unknown
Breeding techniques: Unknown
Breeding potential: 10. No spawnings in captivity have been reported.
Remarks: This species will not eat Thread Algae. This species has a habit of resting propped up by its pectoral fins.
Difficulty of care: 3. The Flying Fox is a decent algae eater that can be easily kept in a community tank. Suggest partial water changes two or three times a month to keep this fish in good health.

By Rhett Butler


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