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Flying Fox / Siamese Algae Eater (SAE)

Flying Fox / Siamese Algae Eater (SAE)

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If you have clumps of that green hair or black beard algae growing in your tank then you might want to consider adding the resourceful Siamese Flying Fox to your aquarium. These fish are well known for grazing on hair or beard algae, but in addition is a fine looking fish that is extremely reliable, peaceful and long lived.

Common Name(s) : Flying Fox, Siamese Flying Fox, Flying Fox Shark, Real Flying Fox Shark

Family : Cyprinidae


Species : Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus

Origin : Asia –   Borneo, Java and Sumatra in Indonesia of Southeast Asia. They are also found in Thailand.

PH : 6.0 – 8.0

Hardness : Soft to Hard

Temperature : 24 – 28°C / 75–82°F

Maximum Size : 15cm / 6″

Lifespan : 6-8 years

Aggression Level : Low (2/10)

Recommended Tank Size : 30 Litres +

Strata : Bottom Half


Flying Foxes being bottom dwellers enjoy plants, rocks or ornaments for areas of cover. These fish are perfect to go with plants as they keep them free of hair algae.


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