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post #1 of 4 Old 10-28-2012, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Farowella... does it matter which species?

I've fallen in love with these sticky little catfish. I would like to acquire one for my 29 gal softwater planted community (pH 7.0 and falling, GH 3, KH 2). The tank is 30 inches long. I have not been able to locate a store in my area that carries these neat fish, so I'm forced to order them online. I know that online retailers aren't always the best about telling you the correct species. So what I'm asking is will all of the commonly traded species of Farlowella fit in my tank?
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-29-2012, 09:10 AM
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Not aware of any of the species of this fish exceeding seven inches so One would work in your tank.
Not a particularly active fish but good algae eater who appreciate water not too warm.
Those I have kept did fine at 76 degree's to 78 degree's F.
Byron has more recent expierience with this species for it has been ten year's since I last had occasion to care for them.

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I would make sure it is a true Farlowella species, and there are two that are usually seen, as mentioned in our profile. Farlowella vittata is the most common, though often mis-named as F. acus, and the other is F. gracilis.

The larger fish that sometimes go under the generic name Farlowella are larger, and in my view not suited to a 29g. I had one many years ago, and even in my 90g I returned it due to its size; it just looked out of place with all my smaller fish.

I've raised three F. vitatta fry to maturity, and presently have three more that are now about 3 months old. My initial trio of one male/two females spawn regularly, but I let nature take its course except for the two attempts to raise the fry. Feeding is very difficult, they will only graze fresh green algae but I am having good success this time with dry oak leaves, which release Infusoria. The three fry only take a few minutes to attach themselves to new leaves added after each weekly water change, and they are growing. Photo below from when they first went into the 10g "nursery," 2 on the oak leaf; about 2 or 3 weeks after they became free swimming.

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I would make sure it is a true Farlowella species, and there are two that are usually seen, as mentioned in our profile. Farlowella vittata is the most common, though often mis-named as F. acus, and the other is F. gracilis.

The larger fish that sometimes go under the generic name Farlowella are larger, and in my view not suited to a 29g. I had one many years ago, and even in my 90g I returned it due to its size; it just looked out of place with all my smaller fish.

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I guess that is my largest worry: getting a true Farlowella and not Sturisoma spp. The websites I'm looking at all show pictures of Farlowella and some even give names like Farlowella gracilis and Farlowella acus. Glad to know that any Farlowella species I get will fit. Now I just have to make sure what I get is a Farlowella.

Thank you for your help, Byron and 1077.
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