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Osprey
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PostPosted: 2007.01.09(Tue)19:17    Post subject: My new Farlowella Reply with quote

Some pics of my new twig catfish, Farley:




I just brought him home Saturday, so he's still settling in. He's six or seven inches long at the moment Smile . The wierd looking sparklike things are air bubbles from the filter; the water level has been intentionally dropped a couple inches in this tank. Hope the pics are OK, they seem to look grainy. (New camera, bear with me, first foray into digital photography!)
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PostPosted: 2007.01.09(Tue)19:38    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, I love farlowella catfish, brilliant the pics!!
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PostPosted: 2007.01.09(Tue)23:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

did you buy those rocks or are they from the wild?
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PostPosted: 2007.01.10(Wed)7:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

The big rocks I collected from a local river and boiled for an hour to sterilize them. They've been siliconed together into a retaining wall (about a foot long). The gravel is store-bought, though.
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PostPosted: 2007.01.10(Wed)19:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, so that's what these fish are! (I was mistakenly charged for two of these recently, had no idea what they were.) Great pics!

I notice you said you brought him home on Saturday...no QT?
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PostPosted: 2007.01.10(Wed)23:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

That guy is cool. The pics are awesome especialy the one with the snail hitching a ride.
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PostPosted: 2007.01.11(Thu)6:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes very good looking catfish, why does it seem as though there is moss growing on the rocks. if its algae I like it Very Happy . it makes the tank look very natrual.
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PostPosted: 2007.01.11(Thu)16:51    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is algae. I deliberately cultivated it so that there'd be lots when he arrived. It can be difficult to wean them onto other foods, so I wanted to have lots of time to pull it off. And yeah, no QT on my freshwater fish Embarassed . Foolish, I know, especially given that I know Colby doesn't QT them in store, but to be honest, I'm running out of room for more tanks and there aren't many fish in the 46 right now. The 33 I would normally use for QT is set up for salt... and will likely remain that way for a year or more. In an emergency, I can shift things around for treatment, though.
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PostPosted: 2007.01.11(Thu)20:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

what length is the farlowella? I just got 2 last weekend - they are both about 5cm each.. I had been cultivating moss for them as well and they smashed though most of it almost immediately.. I don't think I'll add additional food sources until they are bigger though...
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PostPosted: 2007.01.12(Fri)8:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

From head to tail, he's 9 inches... so 23 cm. They get a lot bigger than that, though. Make sure you have lots and lots of greens, algae in particular, they need it. Feces should look a bright green. That's actually another reason not to stick them in a sterile QT tank; they won't do very well without the plant matter. It's strange that yours attacked the moss in your tank; Farley's completely ignored my Christmas moss. No accounting for fishy taste, I guess, eh?
He lets the snails crawl on him all the time, so long as they don't go near his head or dorsal fin. If they do, he flicks them across the tank! One of my otos was perched on him the other day, but he took off when I approached the tank. Maybe I'll get lucky and they'll do it again sometime.
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