Freshwater Tropical fish Tank plants

Flying Fox – Crossocheilus Siamensis

If you keep a Bristlenose Catfish to keep algae down on the glass of your tank you might consider getting a couple of these guys to totally control all types of algae in the freshwater aquarium.

The Siamese Flying Fox is every aquarists’ dream. Originating in fast flowing streams in Thailand, they are hardy, attractive, active and a fast swimmer. They thrive best in schools but can also be kept alone or in pairs.

The flying fox fish has a elongated body with a flat abdominal area. Its dorsal area has a coloration ranging from olive to dark brown. The lower half of its body has a yellowish white hue. A brownish-black line is apparent from its mouth, eye and the caudal fins. On top of this brownish-black line is a gold-colored stripe. They feature a set of barbells around their mouth and a stressed fish may see its black stripe fade.

Flying foxes are strong jumpers and should not be kept in an uncovered tank.

Flying Foxes grow to an impressive 10-15cm and are great community fish for a typical tropical setup. Amore common size is 12cm in an aquarium.

Those with a planted tank, take note, these fish rarely damage live plants, they just clean them. They are the perfect addition for the planted tank.

The hardiness of this fish is one of its best features. They can tolerate a PH between 5.5 to 8.0 – but a PH of 6.5-7.5 is best. They prefer softer water but seem to do well in a wide range of water hardness.

They readily take tropical flake food but should be supplemented with algae wafers once all the algae is gone. Green food such as algae wafers or some zuccini or cucumber should be fed to ensure plants remain untouched. They also accept frozen foods.

Females are rounder than males but generally both are a slender type fish. There have been limited reports of them breeding in a tank.

Your Flying Fox should survive at least 5 years and there are reports of them lasting 10 years in the aquarium.


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RE:freshwater tank

by amenfarm

I use TFH.org for advice. But, when I start a new tank: clean anything going in with salt and rinse well. place in substrate, fill with water to 90%,set up decor,heater,pump, finish last 10 % of water. declor. add 2 uncooked peeled shrimp(or a few teaspoons of gravel from another est. tank), allow tank to cycle, start testing around 4 weeks, usually 6 weeks total.this is a good time to start running your lights in 12 hour intervals, and add live plants, or silk. I use a small 5 gal tank to Q all new arrivals for 2 weeks(cheaper to treat) that keeps your show tank from getting infected. I add a few fish at a time, test every few days and add all tank cleaners(cats, snails) last as there will not be anything to eat

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