04-01-2011, 07:09 PM
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Originally Posted by ElectricBlueJackDempsey
I will probably get 1 or 2 Farlowella vittata
when I go to my lfs tomorrow because they usually have a couple. Will they get along with my Gold Nugget Pleco? I have plenty of hiding spots and driftwood for them to nibble on.
I cannot recommend this. The Gold Nugget Pleco is highly territorial to all benthic species. The Farlowella are very sedate, extremely peaceful fish; if any fish pesters them they become highly stressed and may even refuse to eat.
Plus, the Farlowella must have algae when introduced to an aquarium or they may starve. They will always be wild caught unless you have a local breeder. The GNP also eats algae and other foods, but if he is "happy" eating algae this will lead to conflicts as well as feeding problems for the Farlowella.
I have had 3 F. vittata in my flooded Amazon tank for 2 years now, and they have spawned several times (one male and two females as it turned out). I have never seen anything consume algae like they do, only the common green algae or diatoms (brown), but they are thorough. You won't want other algae-eating fish in with a couple of Farlowella. The three surviving fry [they are very difficult to raise, needing fresh algae] are in the 10g and they keep it spotless of algae, though they are weaned onto sinking tablets and disks now as well.