Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus – Flying Fox
Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus was described in 1850 by Bleeker. The genus name Epalzeorhynchos is somewhat unclear in meaning. Epalzeo comes from ancient Greek and is often described as “curative”. However, it can also mean “horn,” a reference to the protuberance on the snout. The second part “rhynchos” is also derived from ancient Greek and means snout or beak. The species name “kalopterus” also consists of two ancient Greek words. Kalos means “beautiful” and pteron means “feather” or “wing”. Together they form a beautiful wing, a reference to red/pink fins.
Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus is a peaceful fish to other species, but they are aggressive to species of their own kind. They become more aggressive when they get older. The aquarium should be set up with large-leaved plants, driftwood and stones because they need hiding places. You should change a large part of the water regularly.
Their common name is Flying Fox.
Synonym: Barbus kalopterus.
South East Asia, Malaysia, Thailand, Borneo, Java and Sumatra in Indonesia.
They are omnivorous. You should give them a great variety of live, frozen and dry food. Vegetable food such as algae is appreciated. They also eat planaria.
Breeding Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus
About breeding in the aquarium nothing is known.
Jan Bukkems – Aquavisie
John de Lange