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WhistlingBadger
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?

Thanks!

Thomas

angelcraze2
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!

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KAV0ba472g

angelcraze2
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?

toddnbecka
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.

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

Fishkeeper101
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.

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

Slaphppy7
02-26-2020, 03:23 PM
Thread closed.