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Flying Fox

posted: 05/15/12
Courtesy of Drs. Foster and Smith
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The Flying Fox is a great fish for the larger community aquarium. Ignoring other species, the Flying Fox tends to stay by itself.

It requires a planted aquarium with many broad-leaved plants on which it can rest. The Flying Fox also requires these plants and rocks from which it can graze algae. This species can be kept with others of its own kind, as long as the aquarium is large enough to allow each of them to have its own territory.

Unfortunately, the breeding habits of the Flying Fox have not been documented.

An omnivore, the Flying Fox is not a particularly finicky eater. Ideal foods should consist of a high quality flake food, freeze-dried bloodworms or tubifex, and pelleted foods, as well as vegetable-based foods.

Ideal tank mates include: Barbs, Gouramis, Rainbowfish, South American Cichlids, Loaches, Plecos and Scavenger Catfish of similar size.

Fish Facts

Name: Flying Fox (Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus)Cyprinidae

Family: Cyprinidae

Range: Thailand, India, Indonesia

Size: Up to 6 inches

Diet: Omnivore

Tank Set-up: Freshwater: Plants, rocks

Tank Conditions: 75-79°F; pH 6.5-7.0; dH 5-10

Minimum Tank Capacity: 30 gallons

Light: Medium

Temperament: Peaceful

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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