09-14-2011, 08:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Christople
... okay. I like the H. melini species. They get 5 inches long, aren't territorial and look cool... i check my lfs for ten or and others
That's a Whiptail catfish, commonly called. Also interesting, but not at all a Farlowella, which is what you initially asked about. I have a Whiptail in my 115g. Nice fish too. The one I have is Rineloricaria parva. It's in our profiles, and it mentions there that this genus also has a lot of confusion. The most commonly-seen is likely this species, though R. lanceolata and R. fallax are very, very similar and also imported.
By the way, Hemiloricaria melini is probably Rineloricaria melini, at least according to the California Academy of Sciences Catalogue of Fishes. In the profile of R. parva I reference the issue of Rineloricaria and Hemiloricaria. R. melini occurs in Brazil, in the Rio Amazon proper (or more correctly, Rio Solimoes as the river is called at that locale) and is very rarely exported.