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Lolcat 07-18-2012 11:23 PM

Got a new farlowella!
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Well if any of you have seen my previous thread where i had mopani wood which allegedly was the cause of both my farlowella and pleco's death, you'll now know that i got a new farlowella! I removed the mopani wood and returned it a while ago, did a few 50% water changes over the course of 2 weeks, and vaccumed the gravel like crazy. I went to a fish store, and found they had 2 farlowellas. One looked not so good, but the other one, which i got, was HUGE, fat, and very active. I also bought the plant that he was on, since my tank had no plants. Its the ECHINODORUS URUGUAYENSIS plant. Anyways, short story short, the new farlowella looks like a farlowella gracilis since its tail things are VERY long. He's been cleaning away at the tank and i threw in an algae wafer just incase. My gouramis dont seem to care about him. Man i love farlowellas!

Here's a pic.

sidluckman 07-18-2012 11:27 PM

They are one of my favorites, too. It is my understanding that driftwood is pretty important to all loricarids, so maybe some other type of wood should be included in the tank. Loricarids are not my forte, but I have read several articles suggesting that wood is an intrinsic part of their diet and a way for them to maintain microfauna in their digestive tract so that they can metabolize the food they eat.

Hope this fish lives a good long life with you.

Varkolak 07-19-2012 01:54 AM

never had one but i do have a whiptail catfish who has been with me for 2-3 years who I'm fond of, they don't do much but are always unique to look at. hopefully this one does well for you, maybe try to find some Malaysian driftwood at the next petstore

Byron 07-21-2012 03:50 PM

Agree on the wood. You can't have too much for any catfish. Farlowella do not "eat" wood in the way some loricariids do, but they need its surfaces to browse the biofilms for aufwuchs and algae. This is their sole activity, so it is important to provide lots of surfaces. Wood and plants. The whiptails (Rineloricaria species) are similar in their needs.


Olympia 07-21-2012 03:56 PM

Yours has a really short nose compared to mine. The photos on here confused me a bit. Mine has a long nose but a short tail, so I guess ours are opposite. :D
He's cute. I love them.
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Tankfull Tropicals 09-22-2012 09:49 PM

Good looking Farlow. I have 7 wild ones that are breeding every couple of months or so.

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