Max Size: 17cm

Silver Flying Fox (Crossocheilus reticulatus)

The Silver Flying Fox is known for the subtle pattern and elongated, slender shark-like appearance and dynamic nature and devouring appetite for various types of nuisance algae, particularly beard algae.

The Silver Flying Fox is relatively easy to care for as they are tolerant of a wide range of water parameters. Although they are also peaceful fish, they will more than likely eat other small invertebrates such as dwarf shrimp. It does not, however, seem to bother most snails.

They are known to jump, so make sure your lids are on securely.

These species have silver bodies with dark-edged scales that add soft texture. It also has a black spot at the base of the tail and lacks the horizontal stripe found in most other Algae eaters, and their fins are translucent with yellow shading.


Silver Flying Fox
Silver Flying Fox
Silver Flying Fox
Silver Flying Fox
Silver Flying Fox
Silver Flying Fox
Silver Flying Fox
Quick Facts
Scientific NameCrossocheilus reticulatus
Other NamesReticulated Siamese Algae Eater, Fishnet Flying Fox, Reticulated Flying Fox
OriginsCambodia, China, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam
Aquarium LevelBottom - Middle
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asGroups 5+
Lifespan5 - 10 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.0 - 7.5
GH1 - 12
TDS18 -215
61 - 75℉
16.1 - 23.9℃

Natural Habitat

Banks of the Mae Klong River


The Silver Flying Fox can't metabolise high protein foods efficiently, so they should be avoided.

They are primarily algae eaters, but they will happily accept high-quality dry foods like flakes and pellets with added Spirulina. Frozen foods and boiled vegetables such as shelled peas, blanched courgette, spinach and algae wafers are also essential in their diet.

Tank Mates

6 interesting tank mate ideas for the Silver Flying Fox could include:

Bengal Loach(Botia dario)
Mascara Barb(Dawkinsia Assimilis)
Panda Garra(Garra Flavatra)
Saddleback Loach(Homaloptera Orthogoniata)
Sterbas Corydoras(Corydoras sterbai)
True Flying Fox(Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus)

Sexual Dimorphism

It is pretty challenging to sex this species visually. Mature females tend to have a fuller belly and thicker bodies than males.

Other Sharks of interest

Bala Shark(Balantiocheilos Melanopterus)
Black Sharkminnow(Labeo chrysophekadion)
Chinese High Fin Banded Shark(Myxocyprinus Asiaticus)
Chinese Neon Golden Stripe Shark(Sarcocheilichthys parvus)
Rainbow Shark(Epalzeorhynchos Frenatum)
Red Tailed Black Shark(Epalzeorhynchos bicolor)
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Date Added: 16/09/2020 - Updated: 19/01/2022 14:10:03