Do Flying Foxes eat lots of algae?
They eat a fairly moderate amount, but not as much as the Chinese Algae Eaters for which they are commonly confused with. They do not consume beard or red algae.
The flying fox (Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus) is a Southeast Asian species of freshwater fish in the family Cyprinidae. It is known to eat green algae. It is sometimes mistakenly referred to as the Siamese algae eater. Very similar in temperament to redtail sharks, Flying Fox's can be territorial and semi-aggressive in planted aquariums, but are compatible with quite a large range of species.
Flying foxes are bottom-dwelling fish native to the fast-flowing foothill rivers and streams of the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Borneo, Java and Sumatra in Southeast Asia. An aquarium with plenty of broad-leaved plants (like Anubias), driftwood and rock for hiding places is recommended.
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