NANFA-- off-topic: Saimese flying fox fish attacking other fish

Sajjad Lateef (
Sat, 21 Jul 2001 13:20:13 -0500 (CDT)

This is somewhat off-topic.

I have a four-year old Siamese flying fox fish (it looks similar to the
famous siamese algae eater) and has yellow-tinged fins and some color on
the anterior side. So far, it has been a fairly peaceful fish content to
nibble on algae in and partake in the flakes. Now, it's is old and nasty
and I have observed that it is chasing my other (native) fish, possibly to
suck on their slime coat (much like the chinese algae eater would do).
Trouble is, I have never heard of a Siamese flying fox being an agressive
slime sucker and all reports have been that it is a peaceful fish.

A few months ago, I experienced a sudden die-off in my native fish in that
tank (all except this fish and a lone fathead). I attributed this to age.
Now, I am beginning to have my doubts. Most of the fish had died soon
after each other and most had some kind of lacerations.

Any experience with this fish out there?


Sajjad Lateef   email: sajjad <at> 
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