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Twig Catfish Farlowella acus
Category: Catfish - Loricariidae
Price: £14.95 each
Discount: No discounts available
Stock: 6 in stock
Further information can be found below:
|Male or Female||Cannot be sexed|
|Water conditions:||These fish are currently kept in water Ph 6.8 and Soft|
|Volume Discount:||No discounts available|
Farlowella acus (Twig Catfish)
A subtropical species of Farlowella that will not last long in a tropical aquarium.
Strikingly elongate and very twig-like in shape, these catfish make an unusual addition to the peaceful South American community tank. Farlowella spp. catfish are difficult to tell apart, all having the same basic shape and colouration. Species are distinguished by ichthyologists using measurements such as the number of scutes on the body, although Farlowella acus at least has a notably shorter snout than most of the other species. The sexes are similar, though males have a thicker and distinctly bristly snout.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
A subtropical species that should only be combined with other subtropical species. Pay close attention to water temperature when keeping this species and provide additional aeration in summer.
Farlowella are peaceful, inactive fish that hide among the plants feeding on algae from their leaves and stems. Their twig-like shape is clearly a form a camouflage. In the community tank they are easily bullied by nippy or aggressive tankmates, so should only be kept with very docile species such as cardinal tetras or small rasboras. Feeding can be a problem, since they feed almost entirely on green algae. Soft vegetables such as cucumber, courgette and blanched lettuce will be taken as well, but not if these catfish have to compete with more robust species like plecs, so don't keep Farlowella with any other loricariids. They are extremely sensitive to poor water quality. Keep only in a mature aquarium and perform regular water changes taking care to keep the water chemistry as constant as possible. Not a fish for inexperience fishkeepers.
Farlowella have been bred in captivity, though not commonly. Both parents guard the eggs.
Further fish details are shown below:
|Distribution||South America: Venezuela, Lake Valencia and Torito River|
|Water Parameters||Cool, soft and slightly acidic water of good quality essential|