The Flying Fox comes from the
Thailand, Sumatra and Borneo area. It is commonly confused with the Siamese AlgaeEater
or Siamese Flying Fox (Crossocheilus siamensis), the Otto
and the Chinese Algae Eater (Gyrinocheilus
aymonieri). The Flying Fox is more colorful than the Siamese Algae
Eater. It has a black band running from its head to
its tail, but the band is much thicker and darker in the tail than that of a
Siamese Algae Eater. There is a golden stripe above the black horizontal
band, which cannot be found in the Siamese Algae Eater. For a discussion of the differences, see the
The Flying Fox can grow to
6 inches in the wild. The adult specimen is
territorial and aggressive towards its own kind. Flying Foxes enjoy
algae more when younger and do not have an appetite for red algae, which
Siamese Algae Eaters do. They will eat common flake foods. There are no apparent sexual differences.
||24 - 26 C; 75 - 79 F
||10 cm; 4 inches
Suitable for a community
tank, but will defend their territory.
Only one adult recommended in a tank.
Not compatible with
the red tail black shark.