Farlowella acus (SP)

 

Overview:

    One of the oddest looking fish we see available today the Farlowella tries to mimic its surroundings by blending in with the twigs and plants it rests on. There are many different species of Farlowella and identification can be difficult. This species can be hard to keep and should not be kept by new hobbyist

 

Quick stats:

Listed tank sizes are the minimum
Size: up to 7″ (17cm)
Tank: 30 inches +
Strata: Varies
PH: 7.5-85
Hardness: Soft to hard
Temperature: 70 – 77°F (24 – 26°C)

Classification:

Order: Siluriformes
Family: Loricariidae
Genera: Farlowella

 

 

 

Common name:

 

Farlowella, 

    Twig catfish

 

DistributionAmazon basin, Venezuela

General Body Form:Very elongate and slender. The Most distinguishing feature is the fishes nose. It is long and shaped somewhat like a needle.

Coloration:This fish is not surprisingly colorful. It relies on camouflage for protection so it will not advertise itself. The basic colors are molted shades of brown. If you look real close you can see elaborate patterns on their body.

Maintenance:

    1. Although a very interesting fish, they are not the easiest to keep. The tank set up should include long roots and plants that are placed horizontally. The roots are needed as they rasp the wood and it helps in their digestion. The tank should also have some slight water circulation. Often called an algae eater the Farlowellas do well if feed peas, lettuce and spinach they also will eat other types of food, including live , flake and frozen. They are always grazing and a constant food supply is a necessity. They are very timid in nature and starvation due to food competition is common, try feeding at reduced light levels and not only during the day. If you can meet their food needs they are an ideal community fish that gets along with all other species. It is best to keep only one pair as the males are territorial and will not allow rival males the chance to eat.

Biotope:

    Shallow water areas that contain a lot of driftwood or plants. Usually found near the shore

Breeding:

    The females are slightly more robust than the males and the males nose is thicker and is said to have whiskers. Spawning occurs at night or in the very early morning. Around 40 – 60 eggs are produced. The eggs will hatch in about a week and the yolk sac absorbed five days later. The fry now will have to be fed baby brine shrimp, fine vegetable matter or sinking pellets. The male guards the eggs until the fry are free swimming. The breeding aquarium should have dim lighting, a slight water current, very mature water and a neutral pH.

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