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Name: Epalzeorhynchus frenatus
Size pHGHTemp
Origin: Thailand (Mekong R.)
12 cm 7.5 10 27oC

The Epalzeorhynchus frenatus (formerly Labeo frenatus) is a very beautiful and active fish, spending most of the day nibbling everything in search of algae and bits of food, which it finds using 2 pairs of sensitive barbels beside the mouth. They have a brown body with a whitish belly, red fins, and a small dark stripe which crosses the eyes. The colors are all attractively bright and solid on healthy specimens. It's quite an undemanding fish and generally easy to keep. But it is known to be intolerant towards others of the same family, so most books recommend keeping a single specimen in a community tank. It readily accepts all kinds of food, but they should be offered in little pieces because its mouth is pretty small.

Mine is about 2 years old and currently about 13 cm long. It spent most of these 2 years in my 200 liter tank (where it always used to harass the E. bicolor), and then got moved to this one. It has become confident to the point of always nibbling up and down my arm every time I stick my hand in the water.