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Spawning Farlowella (Twig Catfish)
Old 08-25-2010, 06:34 PM   #41
 
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Update, new photos of fry "swimming" (sort of)

Fry are now free swimming, which for Farlowella means hanging on the glass or plants grazing algae. And the 7 (they are all there) are now doing this. Here's a photo of two of them, best I can do with my cheap camera.

They are about half an inch long, and perfect miniature relicas of the adults, in appearance and habits. I did the water changes earlier today, and when this tank was being drained they kept moving down the glass with the water. I'm keeping the blinds open with afternoon sun on the tank to keep algae growing fast. They certainly seem to be grazing it, so hopefully they will get enough nourishment to grow.
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Old 08-25-2010, 06:52 PM   #42
 
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Those are amazing pictures! You sound like a proud grandfather. :) Will you keep all of the babies?
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Old 08-25-2010, 07:23 PM   #43
 
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Let's wait and see how many make it. But seriously, if they all do, I would like to trade some for credit on fish with a local store. I know the owners personally of 3 good local fish retailers and I think they would each readily accept some Farlowella. These fish sell for around $15 here.

And I still have the last batch of eggs in the 90g that haven't hatched yet; if I am as successful moving those when they do I might have even more.
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Old 08-25-2010, 07:41 PM   #44
 
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Very cool! I would think that if they came this far, they will grow up nicely but what do I know. It just seems that at that size, they should already be a bit safer in the tank. They sure are cute little guys.

I wish I had a few fish people here that I felt so confident in. There is one store that sells a larger variety of fresh water fish and the guy claims to have over 20 years of experience but he has also told me things that I know for a fact are not true. The tanks in that store are full of algae which I know isn't a crisis but seems odd to me for a shop to have their display tanks full of algae. That is where I got the Java Moss with the brush algae on it.

The other store the guy seems a bit arrogant and the cost of fish there is just way out of hand. Petsmart will have a fish listed for $5.00 and I go there see a fish of the same size and species and he will have it listed for $35.00. I know sometimes you pay for the knowledge and sometimes, it is worth that but in this case, I am not sure it is. His tanks however, are amazing. Clean and well set up, from what I can see.
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Old 08-25-2010, 08:36 PM   #45
 
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Wow those are awsome pictures! Congrats on the eggs.
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Old 08-26-2010, 08:21 AM   #46
 
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Great update, Byron. Nice pictures. This makes me want to get one or two more Farlowella myself. I actually saw two in the LFS, but they were so small I was concerned that they might not make it with the larger one I already have. Plus, they didn't look quite like the one I already have (beasides size of course), as I assume there are many species of Farlowella. Do you think different species will get along okay? We both love our Farlowella and find him quite entertaining.
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Old 08-26-2010, 11:56 AM   #47
 
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Great update, Byron. Nice pictures. This makes me want to get one or two more Farlowella myself. I actually saw two in the LFS, but they were so small I was concerned that they might not make it with the larger one I already have. Plus, they didn't look quite like the one I already have (beasides size of course), as I assume there are many species of Farlowella. Do you think different species will get along okay? We both love our Farlowella and find him quite entertaining.
Lisa, check our profile of this fish. There is a diagram of the two commonly-seen species, and as it mentions there are some 30 known species, only two of which are regularly imported.

You have ot be careful, there is a very similar-looking fish called a royal farlowella (common name, useless of course but sometimes used) that gets large, too large. Sturisoma is the genus. The smaller species (5-6 inches max) are the best.
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Old 08-26-2010, 11:57 AM   #48
 
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Nice pictures, they are amazing fish!
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:04 PM   #49
 
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Yikes, that's scary. I hope I got the right species with my first one. I'd say he's about 6" right now and hasn't grown since I got him. Actually, I just looked at the profile and he looks like the Farlowella Acus. The one's I saw at the LFS were small; about 2"-3".
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Old 08-26-2010, 12:30 PM   #50
 
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Yikes, that's scary. I hope I got the right species with my first one. I'd say he's about 6" right now and hasn't grown since I got him. Actually, I just looked at the profile and he looks like the Farlowella Acus. The one's I saw at the LFS were small; about 2"-3".
The rostrum (snout) on the Royal is curved upward more, at least to my eyes. And these fish are usually seen larger, say 6+ inches in the store, at least that's how I've always noticed them. That is not a reliable guide though. If I look at the fish in the store for a minute, I can tell which it is. It's just something about it...

Ask the store to see the scientific name on the inventory sheet from the supplier. That can be incorrect of course, I have seen fish labelled one name that were different...but if it said a genus other than Farlowella, it probably is.
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