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Spawning Farlowella (Twig Catfish)
Old 09-30-2010, 10:38 PM   #71
 
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Old 10-01-2010, 12:13 AM   #72
 
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Old 10-02-2010, 10:44 AM   #73
 
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This has been really interesting to watch Byron. I've read the whole thread sitting here. I have a 55g soft/still set up in my dining room with Pristellas, Bolivan Rams, and Angels right now. I'm looking for some bottom/algae fish and was going to get some otos until I found out about this fish recently.

I know you don't want to ship, and I completely understand, but, I'm in Portland. Any chance you'd sell me a trio when the time is right if I drove up?
Absolutely. Perhaps we could do an exchange; there is a fish store in Portland that is very good, or so I have been told, forgotten the name again, they have a website I know. Apparently they often have rarer fish. If interested, perhaps we could connect via email, and work something out. PM me. If you are looking for plants, esp swords, I can toss those in too. I have so many plantlets this year I am tossing them due to lack of tank space.

My camera is not co-operating much so updated pics are not yet available, but the first batch of fry are doing quite well. The larger last batch also seem to be managing on the algae in the tank, though a few have disappeared. They are slow growers, as to be expected from vegetarian fish that need to eat so much for the nutrition. Nothing against otos, I have a group in the 115g, and some of the rarer species like the zebra are beautiful; but these Farlowella are something else.
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Old 10-02-2010, 11:57 AM   #74
 
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Absolutely. Perhaps we could do an exchange; there is a fish store in Portland that is very good, or so I have been told, forgotten the name again, they have a website I know. Apparently they often have rarer fish. If interested, perhaps we could connect via email, and work something out. PM me. If you are looking for plants, esp swords, I can toss those in too. I have so many plantlets this year I am tossing them due to lack of tank space.

My camera is not co-operating much so updated pics are not yet available, but the first batch of fry are doing quite well. The larger last batch also seem to be managing on the algae in the tank, though a few have disappeared. They are slow growers, as to be expected from vegetarian fish that need to eat so much for the nutrition. Nothing against otos, I have a group in the 115g, and some of the rarer species like the zebra are beautiful; but these Farlowella are something else.
Byron- I need to find a Farlowella myself. I keep catching a few of my otos attempting to feed off of the slime coat of my Discus. If I remove all otos from the display (which I plan on doing) I will have no algae janitors in the tank. I highly doubt Farlowella would engage in this type of behavior.
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Old 10-02-2010, 12:24 PM   #75
 
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Byron- I need to find a Farlowella myself. I keep catching a few of my otos attempting to feed off of the slime coat of my Discus. If I remove all otos from the display (which I plan on doing) I will have no algae janitors in the tank. I highly doubt Farlowella would engage in this type of behavior.
Never to my knowledge. Farlowella are absolutely one of the most peaceful fish; my trio is in a 90g with some very delicate (pygmy hatchets, rare pencilfish), sensitive (all of them!) and small (Ember Tetra, Pygmy corys) fish. And they are busy beavers on the algae.

Otos are often mentioned as doing what you describe.
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Old 10-02-2010, 01:13 PM   #76
 
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Otos are often mentioned as doing what you describe.
I never knew that and was surprized to see them doing that. I've always had otos in my Discus tank and this is a first. I suspect it's because my Pigeon Blood is being mopey since her mate is in QT being treated for an eye injury. Instead of swiming mid level she has taken to the bottom, staying nestled in the hygro angustifolia, a favorite spot for the otos, making her a prime target.
I'm going to try to net out as many otos today as I can and move them over to my 75gl. Should be fun.
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Old 10-02-2010, 01:27 PM   #77
 
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I never knew that and was surprized to see them doing that. I've always had otos in my Discus tank and this is a first. I suspect it's because my Pigeon Blood is being mopey since her mate is in QT being treated for an eye injury. Instead of swiming mid level she has taken to the bottom, staying nestled in the hygro angustifolia, a favorite spot for the otos, making her a prime target.
I'm going to try to net out as many otos today as I can and move them over to my 75gl. Should be fun.
I don't know how frequent it occurs, but several sites mention that otos will "suck" on any fish they can latch on to. Some usually say this is no issue with healthy fish, nor is it all that frequent. I've had otos for many years, and while I do sometimes see one "chasing" this or that fish, nothing has every been "caught" that I have seen, though I'm not in front of the tank 24/7. Discus with their slime might be too enticing, or she might be sending out pheromones about her stress that the oto is picking up on.
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Old 10-02-2010, 01:33 PM   #78
 
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I don't know how frequent it occurs, but several sites mention that otos will "suck" on any fish they can latch on to. Some usually say this is no issue with healthy fish, nor is it all that frequent. I've had otos for many years, and while I do sometimes see one "chasing" this or that fish, nothing has every been "caught" that I have seen, though I'm not in front of the tank 24/7. Discus with their slime might be too enticing, or she might be sending out pheromones about her stress that the oto is picking up on.
I think you are very right about this. She's clearly stressed and it makes more sense to move the otos and not her. I'm feeling pretty badly for her. After checking on her mate this morning it looks like another two weeks in QT is warranted. Poor girl. I know that you have to remove Discus fry from the parents after about a week to ten days as the fry will feed off the slime coats to the point of compromising the health of the parents. I have this horrible vision that after the tank lights go off at night she is being swarmed by otos. Yuck!

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Old 10-03-2010, 07:17 PM   #79
 
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