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Whiptail Catfish (Farlowella acus)
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Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Temperament: Peaceful
Water Conditions: 73-79° F, KH 4-8, pH 6.5-7.0
Max. Size: 6"
Color Form: Black, Tan
Diet: Omnivore
Origin: South America
Family: Loricariidae

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The Whiptail Catfish, also known as the Twig Catfish, originates from the lakes and rivers of South America, and has a very long and slender body. They are an armored catfish with a brown and black coloration, and have an elongated nose. Like many of the other fish within the Loricariidae family, they have a sucker mouth, which aids them in feeding upon algae from the plants and decorations within the aquarium. They make a wonderful addition to any freshwater, peaceful community aquarium.

Planted aquariums with high aeration and water movement make for a healthy environment. Rocks and driftwood help to accent a natural habitat and provide hiding spaces to reduce stress for the Whiptail Cat. A 50 gallon aquarium or larger is recommended for this species.

Feeding the Whiptail Catfish is not difficult due to the fact that it is not a picky eater. Feeding off the bottom of the tank, it gets most of its nutrition from left over food and algae. If there is no algae or left over food present, supplement its diet with a high quality flake food, sinking herbivore pellets, or freeze-dried bloodworms.

Approximate Purchase Size: 3" to 5"


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