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post #21 of 28 Old 10-17-2011, 09:04 PM
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Lol, so you just don't tell? Or do you have a guess as to which one is the male? Or is there some other way you tell? Wait, those Farlowella Vittatta......aren't those the ones with the really long snouts? I love those :D
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Yes, though I spelled it incorrectly before. Farlowella vittata, its in our profile. Must have soft acidic water though, being wild caught.

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Lol, I love those guys. I also like Spotted Driftwood Cats. Darn, I need more space. Are Hikari Algae Wafers a good staple for my pleco?
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Lol, I love those guys. I also like Spotted Driftwood Cats. Darn, I need more space. Are Hikari Algae Wafers a good staple for my pleco?
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Yes. Hikari foods are good, also Omega One. And others have mentioned New Life Spectrum.

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Ok, just wondering. Oh, and seeing as you made the Spotted Driftwood Cat profile, do you think just 1 could go in a 10 gallon?
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Ok, just wondering. Oh, and seeing as you made the Spotted Driftwood Cat profile, do you think just 1 could go in a 10 gallon?
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Yes, but this is not an easy fish. It never, and I mean never, comes out during daylight; it is strictly nocturnal, so you never see it. It also needs wood with a tunnel, and a decent current from the filter. The latter does not suit all fish, so in a small tank one would be limited.

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Hmmm, ok, I'll continue thinking about it. I have a couple airstones I can add, and driftwood won't be a problem. In the profile it said they can be baited out with worms, is this just for sone fish or do they usually do that?

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Hmmm, ok, I'll continue thinking about it. I have a couple airstones I can add, and driftwood won't be a problem. In the profile it said they can be baited out with worms, is this just for sone fish or do they usually do that?
Well, mine once settled seemed to learn feeding time, as indeed most fish will. They disappear again as soon as they swallow the bloodworms.

Airstone won't do it, this is a fish that needs an actual current running into the tank, such as with an external filter or an HOB. The other thing is that many other fish do not like this, and will be stressed. In a large tank like a 4+ foot it is possible to have the filter outflow at one end with a standing piece of bogwood for the woodcats, and the flow dissipates as it goes down the tank so it is not too much. In a small tank this is not feasible.

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post #28 of 28 Old 10-19-2011, 07:12 AM Thread Starter
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Hmm, ok then, I'll continue thinking. I realize I just made a horrible mistake, I didn't have any spare heaters, but I thought plecos could be in a colder temperature short term, but he's at room temperature( which is like -2 for water temperature?) so he's in like 70 degrees. Should I just add him?
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