Name: Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus
Origin: Southeast Asia
Sometimes easier to find for sale than the Siamese Algae Eater, although not as commonly seen as "false siamensis". Very similar requirements and behavior to the SAE, this fish grows slightly larger, and is more colourful, showing black, red and white on the fins.
Does its name justice by "flying" constantly around the aquarium. Can eat ordinary fishfood - it sort of "flies" around in circles sucking it up when the food reaches the bottom.
This fish is often sold as the SAE (Siamese Algae Eater), which is not a very good thing since the two have distinctly different characteristics. The "Flying Fox" will stop eating algae at older age and become hostile towards other fish, even of its own kind, while the SAE lives peacefully and eats algae throughout its life cycle.
Our Flying Fox (approx. 12 cm) is now in quarantine after shredding our Channel Cat´s fins (approx. 15 cm) and our Pleco´s fins (approx. 25 cm). SHAME! SHAME! He is going back!
I have found that my flying fox loves to nibble on zuccini pieces when I place then in my tank for my bristlenose. They are an very energetic fish never stopping for a minute. They are great because they add activity to your tank!
Won't do you a bit of good if you want algae eaters. They only consume those that are easy to take, i.e. food you feed, and soft plants. Only do algae job as last resort or, well, for fun IMHO. Chase other fishes around like crazy. If you want something look cool, and mix with semi-aggressive fishes, these are definitely cool guys to keep though. I keep them with my chain loaches, they seem to enjoy being nasty and picking at each other all the time.