04-05-2010, 02:10 PM
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Originally Posted by LisaC144
Hmmm, those Farlowella are quite interesting. My LFS had some in stock, but at $20 each, I was afriad I'd lose them. Ehich are better algae eaters, the Farlowella or BN Pleco? Let me tell you, there must be a shortage of BN pleco's because I can't find one ANYWHERE!
I hope my tank is as lush and green as yours is one day! I'm almost ready to cut a few daughter plants off my swords to replant. Just waiting for the new roots to grow another inch or so. Hoping to fill out the back nicely.....eventually!
I've never kept a BN so not sure how it compares. But the Farlowella are tremendous algae eaters, as I've mentioned, comparable and perhaps better than Otos. The 3 in this tank are always at it, there is not a spec of green (or brown) algae anywhwere.
I paid $12-15 CDN for my Farlowella, I would have expected them to be cheaper in the US. They are all wild-caught, to my knowledge no one is commercially raising them. You only see them "in season" as most SA countries now (fortunately) have laws prohibiting exportation of aquarium species during the breeding seasons. Right now we are coming out of the breeding season (rainy season, Nov-March) so you won't probably find them anywhere (unless left over from last year) for a couple months. BN's if wild fish are probably the same.