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post #11 of 13 Old 07-08-2012, 05:32 PM
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Just came to this thread. From what's been posted back and forth, I would first suspect fungus on the wood.

There are dozens if not hundreds of species of fungus in the world; some are not serious to life, but many types are deadly toxic. Having had white fungus on a branch of Mopani (I think) that nearly killed my fish, I wold get rid of the wood. Do a major water change, two a couple days apart, to ensure no remant is in the water. Again, it depends upon the fungus, but what i had caused slightly cloudy water and affected other fish.

If you decide to replace either fish, I wold get either but not both. Farlowella are ravenous algae grazers, and will easily clean a tank of common green algae (or the brown diatoms). This is their food source. They will become accustomed to sinking foods in time, as they get hungry. I have had this fascinating fish for years, and spawned them (which is not difficult, but raising the fry is).

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Just came to this thread. From what's been posted back and forth, I would first suspect fungus on the wood.

There are dozens if not hundreds of species of fungus in the world; some are not serious to life, but many types are deadly toxic. Having had white fungus on a branch of Mopani (I think) that nearly killed my fish, I wold get rid of the wood. Do a major water change, two a couple days apart, to ensure no remant is in the water. Again, it depends upon the fungus, but what i had caused slightly cloudy water and affected other fish.

If you decide to replace either fish, I wold get either but not both. Farlowella are ravenous algae grazers, and will easily clean a tank of common green algae (or the brown diatoms). This is their food source. They will become accustomed to sinking foods in time, as they get hungry. I have had this fascinating fish for years, and spawned them (which is not difficult, but raising the fry is).

Byron.
Yeah i think i'll pass on the pleco. Now i just need to find a farlowella seeing as the store i got em from doesnt carry them anymore (limited time stock). Thanks.
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Yeah i think i'll pass on the pleco. Now i just need to find a farlowella seeing as the store i got em from doesnt carry them anymore (limited time stock). Thanks.
Yes, they will be wild caught unless someone locally breeds them, and thus usually available according to their "season."

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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