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TF2YD Stores > Wildwoods > Catfish - Loricariidae> Royal Twig Catfish Royal Farlowella Sturisoma panamense
Royal Twig Catfish Royal Farlowella Sturisoma panamense
Category: Catfish - Loricariidae
Price: £27.95 each
Discount: No discounts available
Stock: 3 in stock
Diet: Special Needs
Schooling Fish: No
Water Chemistry: More than pH 7 - Alkaline
Care Level: Easy
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|
Sturisomatichthys panamense (Royal Twig Catfish, Royal Whiptail Farlowella)
A superb whiptail catfish for the larger community tank. Both sexes are very similar, being mottled brown with black markings and long extensions to their fins, but males tend to develop bristles around the cheeks that the females usually lack.
Sturisomatichthys panamense are a very elegant and peaceful species. They are also helpful due to being great algae eaters. Sturisomatichthys are peaceful and easily kept in groups. As expected with loricariids, males feed largely on algae.
Confusingly, the Royal Farlowella is not part of the genus, Farlowella. Instead of being part of the Twig Catfish category, it is a whiptail catfish. Sturisoma are closely related to this species but it is not to be confused with the somewhat more distantly related whiptails in Rineloricaria. The whiptail catfishes found south of the Andes are now classified as Sturisoma. Those to the north, in the rivers of Columbia, Venezuela and the southern portions of Panama, belong to Sturisomatichthys.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
Maintenance is similar to most other whiptails, except that this species prefers slightly warmer than average water and, in common with many other fish from Central America, does best in slightly hard water.
Primarily carnivorous in the wild, feeding on insect larvae and worms; accepts a wide variety of foods in captivity, including catfish pellets and algae wafers.
Because this fish is slow moving and has long fin extensions, do not mix with nippy fish.
Breeding is similar to that of other loricariid catfish, with the male brooding clutches of several dozen eggs laid on smooth surfaces. Hatching takes about a week, and the male continues to look after the fry for several weeks afterwards. Feeding the fry is tricky because they favour algae and infusoria; they are best bred in a mature aquarium with good water quality but a certain amount of algae and organic detritus so that the fry can amble about and feed at their leisure.
Further fish details are shown below:
|Distribution||Central and South America|
|Size||Up to 20 cm; 15 cm typical|
|Water Parameters||Avoid very soft water|