View Full Version : Farlowella with angels?

10-26-2018, 02:02 PM
Hi, kids. Anybody keep Farlowella/twig cats? I hear they're pretty shy; would a couple of them do OK in a 29g with a couple angelfish?

Background to this question: I want some algae eaters of some sort in my Orinoco/Rio Negro tank. BN plecos don't come from that region, and the rubberlip types need a lot more movement than I want. I like ottos and I kept them for a long time, but I gave up on them because the last several batches from the LFS were so starved that they didn't make it long.

Opinions on farlowellas? Any other options I'm missing?



10-26-2018, 02:36 PM
My friend had some whiptails in his tank for a little bit. He didn't keep them because they just sat around all day in the sand, but he would trade fish all the time, something I don't do myself. Also, all catfish (except some corydora types) are primarily nocturnal anyway. I think the angels would leave them alone after they initially check them out if that's what you were wondering. Maybe someone here knows more about them, but I think that's a cool catfish to keep. I didn't know they were algae eaters!

10-26-2018, 03:41 PM
Thanks! Rachel says they're pretty sedentary, but still extremely cool. Camo fish. :)


10-26-2018, 03:50 PM
Well, they are quite skinny, I suppose it really depends on your angels' personalities, but mine leave amano shrimp alone, so I would try them with my angels. I read they are sensitive and don't do well with large WCs, so not for my tanks if that's the case. I like the temperature they prefer and the fact that they eat algae, even filamentous! Don't know how they would eat it though if it wasn't right in their faces?

10-26-2018, 05:00 PM
I've never kept those myself, but I do have a couple whiptail cats in my 220. I've had them for years, one even outlived my 20+ year old featherfin Synodontis catfish. They never bother other fish, and generally seem to be ignored while they do their own thing.

10-26-2018, 06:35 PM
Cool. I'll see if the LFS can get some.

02-24-2020, 06:22 PM
Farlowella Catfish are a hardy armored/armoured species of Catfish that will clean better when they are still young/juveniles, just like plecos. Also, Farlowellas will get up to 8 inches long and their common names are Farlowella, Whiptail, & Twig
(btw, there are at least 37 different catfish called Twig catfish so they are pretty much in the same situation as Ghost shrimp which contains 20-30 species).

The Cichlid Keeper
02-24-2020, 06:46 PM
It is uncommon for people to identify these sort of catfish at all, so I agree with FishKeeper101. Twig Catfish should be labeled as separate species. I don't think there's anything wrong with keeping them in the same tank as angelfish. I've never kept them with angelfish or at all but I considered doing that. The only thing I would make sure of is having the water quality correct and enough filtration as well as tank size.

02-26-2020, 03:12 PM
Hey guys, thread is almost a year and half old. Slaphppy7, can you close it?

02-26-2020, 03:23 PM
Thread closed.