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Spawning Farlowella (Twig Catfish)
Old 02-02-2011, 03:59 PM   #91
 
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new pic of Farlowella fry

Here is a photo of the two surviving Farlowella fry from the original spawning which was back in July 2010. One is to the left on the upper surface of a leaf, the other to the right on the underside of another leaf. They are about 1.5 inch long but this is a thin fish so they are still very "small." Also slow growing. I have not seen the other two of the original four for several weeks now and I'm sure they are gone.

There is also one fry from the last spawning, doing quite well in the 10g. When it is a bit larger I'll move it in with these two, but the other is only about 3/4 of an inch and might get nipped by the Poecilocharax weitzmani. There are also some Corydoras pygmaeus in this tank, and they are spawning again today, or to be more accurate, the males are very friendly with the plump female.

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Old 02-02-2011, 04:06 PM   #92
 
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Aw, they are so sweet. Have you ever had any successful spawns from your pygmys??
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Old 02-02-2011, 04:18 PM   #93
 
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Aw, they are so sweet. Have you ever had any successful spawns from your pygmys??
When they were in the 10g, I think so. They frequently went through the motions, there were 7 of them, and I would see 3 or 4 males very chummy with a very plump female, following her everywhere and nudging her constantly. When I moved the Farlowella fry in there, I dumped in more plants and encouraged algae to grow (it's in a southwest window), so it's impossible to see anything through the thicket of plants. I also had the Boraras brigittae in there. When I moved the 4 oldest fry to the 20g, i decided to remove the adult fish from the 10g to give the youngest Farlowella fry more "privacy" and to net out the pygmys I had to dislodge the chunk of wood. Something skitted across the sand (this is the tank with sand) that was about 1/4 inch and coloured like a pygmy, and I don't know what else it could have been; it vanished back under the wood, and I've periodically watched for signs of whatever it is but nothing so far. I haven't messed with the tank; once the last Farlowella is out, I will tear it down as the algae on the glass next the window is very heavy. But I'm leaving algae for the Farlowella that will eat nothing else.
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Old 02-02-2011, 10:57 PM   #94
 
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Sweet photos Byron. You're right that these guys are very slow growing fish. But then again, you would be too if all you ate was algae!
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:44 AM   #95
 
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very impressive =]
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:27 AM   #96
 
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So happy to hear you have survivors!!
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