Does anyone have any experience keeping this catfish? I am looking in to adding one to my tank but cannot find anywhere that sells these. Its common name is Amazon whiptail catfish.
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I know byron keeps a farlowella species as he had a thread about them spawning
I have a whiptail cat of a species I've never been able to definitively identify. He's a pretty cool fish and appears to 'walk' using his pectoral fins along the substrate. I'm lucky he's stayed small - 10-15cm and isn't one of the bigger species
You mention "Farlowella" in the title, and "Whiptail" in the post. These are two very different fish. Both are in the fish profiles, click the shaded name to see them:
I have both, and have had them for many years. And as someone mentinoed, my Farlowella spawned last summer. I authored both profiles, so you'll probably find all you want there, but if not, just ask.
The above species are admirably suited to community tanks. But both have larger (much larger) cousins that are less desirable unless you have a very large tank.
I keep a whiptail catfish and I just love him! He's super peaceful and constantly grazing. He's definitely a very cool fish, you should get one if you can find one.
http://www.fishbase.org/summary/Spec...y.php?id=50538 This is what I am looking for. It looks like a Twig Catfish but all the websites I find call it Farlowella amazonum
Here is the planet catfish article on Farlowella Amazonum.
Farlowella amazonum • Loricariidae • Cat-eLog • PlanetCatfish
Although there is not a ton of info there. As far as availability goes I have seen Fralowella Acus and Gracilis for sale in stores and online, but never an Amazonum so they may not be widely available. There are two list keepers on the Planet Catfish page, you may be able to contact them to find someone who has this fish.
All Farlowella species are commonly referred to as Twig Catfish. If you read our profile of Farlowella vittata, the most commonly-seen species in stores, it mentions that there are some 30 known species in the genus, of which only 2 are imported with any degree of regularity.
Finding F. amazonum would be most likely if you have a dealer locally who imports direct from South America, or online from an importer. The availability is likely to be seasonal, depending upon the origin which seems to be Brazil (Tocantins and Lower Amazon regions are in Brazil). Brazil now has laws restricting fish collection to specific seasons in order to ensure sustainability of the species.
I will probably get 1 or 2 Farlowella vittata when I go to my lfs tomorrow because they usually have a couple. Will they get along with my Gold Nugget Pleco? I have plenty of hiding spots and driftwood for them to nibble on.
Plus, the Farlowella must have algae when introduced to an aquarium or they may starve. They will always be wild caught unless you have a local breeder. The GNP also eats algae and other foods, but if he is "happy" eating algae this will lead to conflicts as well as feeding problems for the Farlowella.
I have had 3 F. vittata in my flooded Amazon tank for 2 years now, and they have spawned several times (one male and two females as it turned out). I have never seen anything consume algae like they do, only the common green algae or diatoms (brown), but they are thorough. You won't want other algae-eating fish in with a couple of Farlowella. The three surviving fry [they are very difficult to raise, needing fresh algae] are in the 10g and they keep it spotless of algae, though they are weaned onto sinking tablets and disks now as well.
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