Flying Fox Fish
The Flying Fox Fish hails from Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo and Sumatra. They are so named because they swim quickly and it seems at time as if they are flying.
They are popular freshwater community aquarium fish. These fish usually lead solitary lives, and can be aggressive with others of its own kind, so having only one Flying Fox Fish at a time is recommended.
In general, the Flying Fox Fish is fairly peaceful and an easy fish to keep. These fish have an average length of 4 and a half inches, but can grow as long as 6 inches.
When setting up the tank, use fine gravel substrate. A tank size of 30 to 40 gallons is just about right. Keep the water very fresh and clean, as this fish is used to running water in streams and rivers. Unclean water can actual harm your Flying Fox Fish.
Set up Flying Fox Fish tanks with plenty of rocks, driftwood, twigs, worn boulders, roots, dense vegetation and the like. This helps to simulate swimming in rivers and streams with running water.
The ideal pH for these fish is 6 to 7.5. As for water hardness, a range of 5 to 12 dH is acceptable. Keep the temperature between the range of 73 and 83 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Flying Fox Fish are bottom feeders and they are also considered algae-eaters. Keeping a bright light in the tank will help to promote algae growth.
Even though the Flying Fox Fish are algae-eaters, they also need a mixture of insect larvae, store bought flake food, small crustaceans and bloodworm. As for vegetables, zucchini, lettuce and spinach are good choices. Surprisingly, they can also be given oatmeal!
Breeding is quite difficult, as it is not easy to tell apart the males from females. The Flying Fox Fish is not an ideal fish of choice if you are looking to breed. In fact, it usually doesn’t breed in captivity, though it has occasionally been known to do so.
However, it is an excellent community aquarium fish. They live up to 10 years and are quite lovely. Despite not being able to get along with Flying Fox Fish, they have been known to be compatible with several other fish including gouramis, loaches, barbs, danios, acaras, angelfish, rasboras and tetras.
Many people confuse the Flying Fox Fish with the Siamese Algae Eater. One major difference between the two types of fish is that the Flying Fox Fish actually stops eating algae as it gets older. It also doesn’t only eat algae.
If you’re looking for a peaceful, community aquarium fish, then the Flying Fox Fish is a great choice.