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Farlowella acus (SP)
One of the oddest looking fish we see available today the Farlowella
tries to mimic its surroundings by blending in with the twigs and plants
it rests on. There are many different species of Farlowella and identification
can be difficult. This species can be hard to keep and should not be
kept by new hobbyist
Listed tank sizes are the minimum
||up to 7" (17cm)
||30 inches +
|| Soft to hard
||70 - 77°F (24 – 26°C)
Amazon basin, Venezuela
General Body Form:
Very elongate and slender. The Most distinguishing feature is the
fishes nose. It is long and shaped somewhat like a needle.
This fish is not surprisingly colorful. It relies on camouflage
for protection so it will not advertise itself. The basic colors are
molted shades of brown. If you look real close you can see elaborate
patterns on their body.
Although a very interesting fish, they are not the easiest to keep.
The tank set up should include long roots and plants that are placed
horizontally. The roots are needed as they rasp the wood and it helps
in their digestion. The tank should also have some slight water circulation.
Often called an algae eater the Farlowellas do well if feed peas, lettuce
and spinach they also will eat other types of food, including live ,
flake and frozen. They are always grazing and a constant food supply
is a necessity. They are very timid in nature and starvation due to
food competition is common, try feeding at reduced light levels and
not only during the day. If you can meet their food needs they are an
ideal community fish that gets along with all other species. It is best
to keep only one pair as the males are territorial and will not allow
rival males the chance to eat.
Shallow water areas that contain a lot of driftwood or plants. Usually
found near the shore
The females are slightly more robust than the males and the males nose
is thicker and is said to have whiskers. Spawning occurs at night or
in the very early morning. Around 40 - 60 eggs are produced. The eggs
will hatch in about a week and the yolk sac absorbed five days later.
The fry now will have to be fed baby brine shrimp, fine vegetable matter
or sinking pellets. The male guards the eggs until the fry are free
swimming. The breeding aquarium should have dim lighting, a slight water
current, very mature water and a neutral pH.