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Rineloricaria fallax
Delicate Whiptail Catfish, Whiptailed Loricaria

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Name: Rineloricaria fallax
Size TankpHTemp
Origin: South America
12 cm 100 L 6.8 24įC


This is my favorite catfish in my tank. I bought one over a year ago and I must say itís a strong fish. The Rineloricaria is more active than many of the pleco species, itís always searching for food and, more importantly, itís not shy. Another catfish in my tank, a Peckoltia, is always hiding somewhere, but my whiptail has no problem with resting right in front of the glass, and I found that quite surprising since my resources told me it was a nocturnal fish. I expected it to disappear in a hole or something, but it did quite the opposite. And now I have recently found out that my catfish is a male, which you can recognize by the bristles on his fins and cheeks. I am trying to find a second Rineloricaria for my tank, but so far I havenít been lucky.

Contributed by Josscy Vallazza

I found my whiptailed loricaria as a bycatch in a dealers tank about a year ago. He was given to me for free as the dealer didn't want him. He is active and always looking for food. He shares his tank with some other rather stocky catfish including a 30 cm plec of whom it isn't in the least afraid.

Contributed by Rebecca Barton

I bought my little whiptail almost a year ago and he was labeled as a twig or stick fish and I thought that he was a beauty and looked up as much information on the fish that I could, before I purchased him and realized that he was Rineloricaria fallax. I made sure that he would be compatible with the other occupants in the medium planted Amazon set up that I have, which included 3 pairs of Angelfish, a pleco, neon tetras etc. I bought him and he is one of the best catfishes that I have ever owned. He minds his own business, and just crawls around on the bottom or in the Amazon Sword plants, no matter what the Angels are doing ( they are always swimming about and being their territorial selves) he just wants to see what is going on as well as find the food that the Angels had missed. Then it is back to his cave under the gravel that I made from a rock that was meant for a reptile exhibit. He is truely a unique fish, but I do not recommend him for a beginner. Good luck to everyone who is thinking about purchasing this gorgeous fish!

Contributed by Kari Hudnall

I bought a Rineloricaria Special Red (close relative to the fallax, I suppose) about a year ago. But the poor fish got killed in my mechanical filter. Then I bought a pair of new ones, and provided the filter with a small net on the blow-out. It worked, one of them has grown a beard just yesterday, so it has to be a male, and the other one is just as long and healthy, but she is thinner in the shape of the head, has no beard and looks more feminine. So now I'm just hoping to be a granny. I can see them everytime I pass the fish tank, and when I feed them they always come towards me. They live with 8 platys and one polkadot botia, and they all get along very well. The best catfishes of them all!

Contributed by Lena Djerf

I bought a small whiptail about 1 year ago. During that time it has almost doubled in size to about 10 cm and his whip is about 3 cm long. My whiptail lives in a 120 cm tank with a large Siamese algae eater, 2 barbs, 2 khuli loaches, lots of small tetras and zebra danios. The fish leave him alone, but sometimes they try to bite his whip. Whippy eats only at night, hiding on his rock during the day. The only problem with this wonderful and unique fish is that when he eats algae off the plants, he also damages the plants themselves, causing them to die. I am a beginner in the aquarium hobby and I have found him very easy to look after. I am currently looking for a female whiptail so that I can try to breed them as they are very rare in Western Australia. My whiptail is my favourite fish!

Contributed by David Buckley

I bought 3 of these at my LFS to be algae eaters a while back, but they hardly ever move unless they're hungry. They just sit on the wood and rocks in the tank, but when I feed them some algae wafers they're much more active. Although they didn't do their job eating algae, I still like them.

Contributed by Evan Rahmer

We've had our delicate whiptail for almost half a year now. He's grown considerably, especially his whip which is now a several cm and looks wonderful. He's a really fast swimmer and is one of the funniest fish to watch. When we turn the tank lights off and the room lights on, we can see this fish rolling around in the bubbles from the airstone. He doesn't mind any other bottom feeders such as corys and Siamese algae eaters. I would highly recommend this fish.

Contributed by Dylan Sav

I bought a fully grown whiptail 6 months ago. He has a major advantage over other type of catfish, in that he is always in the front in full view. I notice he moves close to where there is a fast flow of water from the filter. He either likes the moving water or most oxygenated water. He seems to eat both spirlina flakes and blood worms.

Contributed by Pradeep Thomas

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