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Spawning Farlowella (Twig Catfish)
Old 11-10-2010, 06:16 PM   #81
 
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Update on Fry

Here are a couple photos, the best I could do out of many taken, of 3 of the 4 surviving fry from the original 7. The two together in the second photo are the largest of the 4, though still somewhat difficult to spot on the plant leaves. I moved these 4 from the 10g to the 20g last Friday and they are much more active, grazing plant leaves continually now.

I have various stages of fry still in the 10g, including 54 about-to-hatch eggs I moved from the 90g today.

A lot of the fry did not survive long. As the published reports all mention, feeding the fry is the real challenge, as they require very soft algae. I am sure the original 4 have survived because they had fresh green algae. Even with the 10g in front of a west-facing window with a fair bit of direct sun and an overhead light, I have been unable to keep sufficient algae; these fish are voracious algae eaters. I have tried blanched spinach, raw spinach, zucchini; now I have dry oak leaves in the 10g. I'm trying the oak leaves because as they break down they apparently exude very nutritious food for fish fry, and the Farlowella fry in the 10g have been eager to graze the oak leaves, so this may have better results.

Third photo is the male Poecillocharax weitzmani who just happened to stop motionless for a couple minutes while I was trying to photograph the fry; I have a pair in the 20g, which is otherwise full of small plants culled from the main Amazonian setups. And a shoal of Corydoras pygmaeus and C. habrosus.

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Old 11-10-2010, 07:39 PM   #82
 
wow they look amazing! are you going to sell breeding pair in the future
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Old 11-11-2010, 05:49 AM   #83
 
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They're looking good Byron. I've gotten hooked up with a job recently so there should be a check soonish and so some gas money to get to BC. Let me know when you think these guys are ready for a trip.

Have they shown any interest in algae tablets yet?
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Old 11-11-2010, 11:11 AM   #84
 
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They're looking good Byron. I've gotten hooked up with a job recently so there should be a check soonish and so some gas money to get to BC. Let me know when you think these guys are ready for a trip.

Have they shown any interest in algae tablets yet?
Not that I've seen. With the middle group of fry I have them in a fry net in the 10g and I am putting sinking pellets (algae) in there along with the oak leaves to see. They are down in the tablets (they fall apart and the fry "sit" in the stuff) periodically but I can't tell if any is being eaten. The larger 4 now in the 20g are working on the plants, and tablets go into this tank regularly for the corys, including a couple of veggie ones, so I will keep an eye on them.

I want to do my best to ensure they will survive the move. It would be a shame if you came all this way only to have them croak on the way home.

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Old 11-11-2010, 11:15 AM   #85
 
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No, I agree. There's no need to rush things. I'd rather have them survive as well. I'll be better off to make the trip with a couple paychecks under my belt anyway. Just glad to hear they're doing well and getting bigger.
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Old 11-12-2010, 09:42 PM   #86
 
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Very nice pictures. They had some of these in the LFS the other day but they were almost $30.00 so they will have to wait a while before I can afford them.
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Old 11-12-2010, 09:53 PM   #87
 
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Very nice pictures. They had some of these in the LFS the other day but they were almost $30.00 so they will have to wait a while before I can afford them.
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Old 11-18-2010, 05:26 PM   #88
 
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Have they shown any interest in algae tablets yet?
I believe they are eating from tablets now. The 4 I moved into the 20g almost 2 weeks ago spent the first several days on plant leaves, but now they always seem to be on the substrate where I drop the tablet/pellet foods for the corys. This is exactly what the mature Farlowella did when I acquired them; they quickly got used to the feeding routine and are now down with the corys as soon as sinking foods go in.

I still want them to mature a bit, I think it would be safer moving them the longer distance. But they seem to be doing fine.

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Old 11-23-2010, 01:30 PM   #89
 
are you going to be selling/shipping them?
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Old 11-23-2010, 05:27 PM   #90
 
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are you going to be selling/shipping them?
Provided they survive [there are just 4], I'm trading them to burnsbabe who intends to drive up to get them along with some plants. I have mailed plants with varying degrees of success, but I do not want to attempt live fish.
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