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Farlowella Catfish
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Farlowella Catfish (Farlowella acus)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black, Tan
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 73-79° F, KH 4-8, pH 6.5-7.0
Max. Size 6"
Origin South America
Family Loricariidae
Minimum Tank Size 50 gallons
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The Farlowella 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 Farlowella Cat. A 50 gallon aquarium or larger is recommended for this species.

Feeding the Farlowella 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"

Customer Testimonials

Cheryl Stephenswade Rockaway Beach , OR
I just purchased this fish, and it is an unusual looking cat. I enjoy watching him when he is visable. Interesting to look at. I have a 55 gallon tank and he seems happy, he does move around but slowly. He is not usually visable during the day. An interesting fish to say the least.
Cathy S Carlin , NV
Such a cool little fish. Very busy. I have only had these for a couple weeks, but they have captured my attention for sure. I have 2 in my 75 gal somewhere. I see one once in a while, and hope the other one is ok, too. Definitely pleased with this purchase.
Cathy S Carlin , NV
I just got two of these. I love them. They are so fun to watch and so different. They aren't buddies, but seem to like the reunion when they find each other once in a while. I have a 75 gal planted and all natural wood tank and they just check out everything about once an hour. Busy guys.
Steve Oswald West Bend , WI
received 3 today, love these almost sturgeon like prehistoric fish! Had them for 12+ years. Now i have four, thought all gone. one old one hiding on me. I lost two this past early winter, i had cleaned two HOB power filters, forgot to replace the bottom filter caps... they crept in with intake they got stuck n drowned... DONT MAKE THAT MISTAKE! GREAT PAIRINGS W BOSEMANI RAINBOWS!!
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