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Weekly update...

Added more floating wisteria
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Then some photos...

Lazy loaches
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The best cory
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And then these guys... so hard to get photos of them. This first girl is my favourite. Longfin golden leopard danio
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This killed me. Tree tried to swim and land on the branch, but instead landed on Twigbranch and clung to him instead. He was not amused lol he swatted her off.
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Hi, how are you doing?
The tank looks very magical as alway and the video so soothing, love it.
Is the black ground black paint? And what type of the light? I just got java moss, guppy grass and pearl weed yesterday, I already have hornwort, acharis, java fern they look like never grow or propagate more. I wonder if I need to change the light. I already have florish liquid fertilizer. I wish to have plant exploded the whole tank.
thank you.
 
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Hi, how are you doing?
The tank looks very magical as alway and the video so soothing, love it.
Is the black ground black paint? And what type of the light? I just got java moss, guppy grass and pearl weed yesterday, I already have hornwort, acharis, java fern they look like never grow or propagate more. I wonder if I need to change the light. I already have florish liquid fertilizer. I wish to have plant exploded the whole tank.
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My background is just black bristol board taped on.
My light is one of the hood lights from an aqueon 10 gallon hood, a T8 full spectrum bulb. Its basic but it works. Its literally a kit light, nothing special.

I dont have luck with java fern. That stuff just doesnt grow for me. I had an adult plant. I got a bunch of baby plants off of it... but the adult plant i killed it. The babies i have left have not grown longer than an inch. Ive had them for months. I don't have advice for java fern lol

Hornwort i had before, it boomed well but then it all just started dying after several months. It does best floating though.

Ive had the best luck with swords and crypts. They grow nice, especially swords.

Water wisteria likes my 20 gallon a lot. It stays so bushy and bright. Unsure why it grows different in my other tank though. It does well floated im finding.
 

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Javas grow so slow submerged its not even funny.
 
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Small stock update... added a couple of these guys, black neons. An impulse sorta. They were supposed to go into my blackwater, but noooo mr franklin hated them so back up plan was the 46 gallon
One of them even has two tails.
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Javas grow so slow submerged its not even funny.
Yep. Ive had the same tiny little leaflet for 5 months now. Has it grown? Not a smidge. None of them have. Ive given up hope on them lol. My anubias grows faster. If i had to decide which low light plant is better, definitely would choose the anubias.

You can see my tiny leaflets here... have not grown at all since i pulled them from the parent plant (which died)
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MissNoodle said:
Small stock update... added a couple of these guys, black neons. An impulse sorta. They were supposed to go into my blackwater, but noooo mr franklin hated them so back up plan was the 46 gallon
One of them even has two tails.
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Yep. Ive had the same tiny little leaflet for 5 months now. Has it grown? Not a smidge. None of them have. Ive given up hope on them lol. My anubias grows faster. If i had to decide which low light plant is better, definitely would choose the anubias.

You can see my tiny leaflets here... have not grown at all since i pulled them from the parent plant (which died)
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Cool addition to the 46 tho :) That double tail is neat :D
 
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So been thinking of getting another tank, min size 55 gallon and separating this tank between it and that. I want to up my mixed cory shoals. I cant do that in this tank with the stock it has.

So going with a minimum of 55 gallon with this proposed stock plan:

Replace the tukano cory with the weitzmani. Dunno why aqadvisor doesnt have weitzmani, but its the closest cory. I dont anticipate finding more agassizii cories. Its not one even sold in my country aside from being an accidental by-catch.
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The 55+ will be a south american tank while this one becomes an asian tank.

I ended up taking 3 bronze cory rescues who are in bad shape. One is touch and go but seems more promising today. Theyre in the main tank, since im already medicating it anyways.

Because of this, ive changed up some stock. The 3 platy boys got moved to the tank with the cherry barbs and my ghost shrimp got moved to my betta tank, though im down to 2 girls. My boy shrimp has passed.

I also lost one of the black neons, the smallest individual so im not too shocked, but still saddened. I do plan on making sure the school stays at 6, but the 4 remaining have made themselves comfortable and arent shoaling tight anymore. They sorta go off and explore on their own and come back together if something spooks them. Theyre really delightful little fish. Very good manners, even with mealtime. Theyre not pushy like the danios but arent afraid to join in and snatch up crumbs.

The asian tank will be stocked:
1 dwarf gourami
10 kuhli loaches
10 java loaches
11 zebra danios

Itll be a nice project.

Anyways, the 3 rescues.
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I love how you say minimum 55 gallon. Makes me crack up.

But the stock is a little on the high side I usually say keep the stock closer under 85% but if you were super diligent with WC 2x weekly you could easily do that. But then you have the cory problem, they will easily reproduce and become millions so maybe take out 50% of the cories and let them grow themselves out?
 
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I love how you say minimum 55 gallon. Makes me crack up.

But the stock is a little on the high side I usually say keep the stock closer under 85% but if you were super diligent with WC 2x weekly you could easily do that. But then you have the cory problem, they will easily reproduce and become millions so maybe take out 50% of the cories and let them grow themselves out?
Well already have 50% of the cories haha no fry or spawning from them despite daily water changes etc.

Ideally i want 100g+ but if a good deal comes up on anything 55 gallon and up ill settle for that. I was looking at the footprint of the 55 gallon compared to the footprint of both the 65 and 75 available locally and the footprint on the 55 gallon was better for my stock being mostly bottom dwellers
 

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MissNoodle said:
Well already have 50% of the cories haha no fry or spawning from them despite daily water changes etc.

Ideally i want 100g+ but if a good deal comes up on anything 55 gallon and up ill settle for that. I was looking at the footprint of the 55 gallon compared to the footprint of both the 65 and 75 available locally and the footprint on the 55 gallon was better for my stock being mostly bottom dwellers
This sounds awsome, I can't wait.
As for Aqadvisor % I wouldn't pay much attention to it, a lot of the regulars here, their Tanks would of exploded years ago if it was accurate :) just keep on maintenance and you'll be fine.
 
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jinjerJOSH22 said:
This sounds awsome, I can't wait.
As for Aqadvisor % I wouldn't pay much attention to it, a lot of the regulars here, their Tanks would of exploded years ago if it was accurate :) just keep on maintenance and you'll be fine.
I used it to get a general idea of what the smallest i could go so i could plan, while upping to the minimum recommendation of schools. While the other part of me says that mine do shoal together, even if its abnormal, and its one of those "if it aint broke...". But at least id have the potential to add more of their kinds to make them happier still.

If i go bigger, say 90+ id like to add a school of porthole catfish. Theyre a dream fish of mine still, but id be full stock in a 55 gallon with the cory schools. And the cory schools are my first priority.

And i want a nice school for the black neons. I adore these tiny fish theyre so very cute. Very polite little fish, different from my skirt tetras. They just chill around the plants wherever they feel like, flicking their little tails and they come up to the glass when they see im there. Theyre not shy, but they have more personality than the skirts do (my skirts just are eating machines haha love them though but only one of my skirts show any personality or curiosity). And they arent little terrors either. Theyre down to 4 until i pick up some more this week, but even so theyre not shy or hiding, and theyre not trying to kill everyone like the skirts do when their shoal drops below 5 (had this happen where our 5th died and they immediately went on a warpath until we added two more). These little black neons are perfectly mannered little citizens. They also dont boss everyone out of their food like the danios do lol just politely grab their own little pellet and take off.

Anywho, mini update on the rescued cories. The tiny tiny one no longer has a sunken belly. Hes colouring up and starting to swim more steady. I had to turn the flow down for him because he was getting tumbled around. But already a couple days in being treated for parasites and he looks so much better. Less skeletal too.

Here's a before photo. You can see why i couldnt turn these poor things away. Bronze are my least favourite cory, but they were in such bad shape i wasnt going to say no. The most i could do is try to save them.

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Now this is today of the same fish. His belly is no longer sunken in and hes filling in.
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^ he was the one i wasnt sure would even make the night. Hes sooooo small. But, its day 3 and hes doing good still. I named him Blip because he is just a tiny little blip.

Next photo, Blip among my other cories, next to my index finger. My weitzmani are my smallest species of cory, for comparison. This photo was taken day 2.
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Blip beside his finless buddy, Hobbs. Hobbs probably wont regrow that pectoral fin since the spine is completely rotted off to a stump. But very robust fish despite the severe fin rot. She is looking better too.
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Theres also Jaxx, who is the 3rd bronze in the rescue. In better shape than the other two, just some mild fin rot of the tail. Most skittish of the 3.
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And my black neons are great, but Twintail is the best. Shes curious and very photogenic.
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And Tree is doing good. Nice full belly, still wary of the zucchini discs i offer, but at least shes eating enough to keep a nice full belly. Active, even during the day. Gets along good with Twigbranch. She is usually very good at blending in, but not so much yesterday morning on my sword stem. She is small enough still to fit on my plants, so she likes them.
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And lastly, my others are doing good. Red the DG is coming out more that the platies have been moved. He and our adult male platy always were at odds, usually the platy instigating it.
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I had gotten 3 more of the kuhlis to add to my old 3 a month or so ago, right? I was hoping having more id see the old ones more, but alas, theyre still shy since we moved them to the big tank. They used to always come out when they were in our 10 gallon. Now i see the 3 new ones out all the time. Very photogenic little guys.
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And my danios are hard to photograph as always, but i love my longfins. They remind me a bit of little fairies.
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I used it to get a general idea of what the smallest i could go so i could plan, while upping to the minimum recommendation of schools. While the other part of me says that mine do shoal together, even if its abnormal, and its one of those "if it aint broke...". But at least id have the potential to add more of their kinds to make them happier still.

If i go bigger, say 90+ id like to add a school of porthole catfish. Theyre a dream fish of mine still, but id be full stock in a 55 gallon with the cory schools. And the cory schools are my first priority.

And i want a nice school for the black neons. I adore these tiny fish theyre so very cute. Very polite little fish, different from my skirt tetras. They just chill around the plants wherever they feel like, flicking their little tails and they come up to the glass when they see im there. Theyre not shy, but they have more personality than the skirts do (my skirts just are eating machines haha love them though but only one of my skirts show any personality or curiosity). And they arent little terrors either. Theyre down to 4 until i pick up some more this week, but even so theyre not shy or hiding, and theyre not trying to kill everyone like the skirts do when their shoal drops below 5 (had this happen where our 5th died and they immediately went on a warpath until we added two more). These little black neons are perfectly mannered little citizens. They also dont boss everyone out of their food like the danios do lol just politely grab their own little pellet and take off.

Anywho, mini update on the rescued cories. The tiny tiny one no longer has a sunken belly. Hes colouring up and starting to swim more steady. I had to turn the flow down for him because he was getting tumbled around. But already a couple days in being treated for parasites and he looks so much better. Less skeletal too.

Here's a before photo. You can see why i couldnt turn these poor things away. Bronze are my least favourite cory, but they were in such bad shape i wasnt going to say no. The most i could do is try to save them.

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Now this is today of the same fish. His belly is no longer sunken in and hes filling in.
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^ he was the one i wasnt sure would even make the night. Hes sooooo small. But, its day 3 and hes doing good still. I named him Blip because he is just a tiny little blip.

Next photo, Blip among my other cories, next to my index finger. My weitzmani are my smallest species of cory, for comparison. This photo was taken day 2.
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Blip beside his finless buddy, Hobbs. Hobbs probably wont regrow that pectoral fin since the spine is completely rotted off to a stump. But very robust fish despite the severe fin rot. She is looking better too.
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Theres also Jaxx, who is the 3rd bronze in the rescue. In better shape than the other two, just some mild fin rot of the tail. Most skittish of the 3.
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And my black neons are great, but Twintail is the best. Shes curious and very photogenic.
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And Tree is doing good. Nice full belly, still wary of the zucchini discs i offer, but at least shes eating enough to keep a nice full belly. Active, even during the day. Gets along good with Twigbranch. She is usually very good at blending in, but not so much yesterday morning on my sword stem. She is small enough still to fit on my plants, so she likes them.
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And lastly, my others are doing good. Red the DG is coming out more that the platies have been moved. He and our adult male platy always were at odds, usually the platy instigating it.
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I had gotten 3 more of the kuhlis to add to my old 3 a month or so ago, right? I was hoping having more id see the old ones more, but alas, theyre still shy since we moved them to the big tank. They used to always come out when they were in our 10 gallon. Now i see the 3 new ones out all the time. Very photogenic little guys.
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And my danios are hard to photograph as always, but i love my longfins. They remind me a bit of little fairies.
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Go bigger! Easy to say I know but you're probably unlikely to get another big tank in the near future and if getting a 90 means you can get a dream fish, go for it! :D

Great to see the small cats are doing well.
 
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jinjerJOSH22 said:
Go bigger! Easy to say I know but you're probably unlikely to get another big tank in the near future and if getting a 90 means you can get a dream fish, go for it! :D

Great to see the small cats are doing well.
Id adore 120 gallon even, but my area is so expensive for tanks, id be looking at $1000 and up for that. Just for a 55 gallon im looking at $300 for the basics. And i cant many.

If i can arrange a ride i can go state side for the dollar per gallon sale at petco, since i dont have petco. Just petsmart.
 

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Id adore 120 gallon even, but my area is so expensive for tanks, id be looking at $1000 and up for that. Just for a 55 gallon im looking at $300 for the basics. And i cant many.

If i can arrange a ride i can go state side for the dollar per gallon sale at petco, since i dont have petco. Just petsmart.
My 52 cost me £300 and that was painful enough, I got luckyish with my 112 gallon, I picked it up on ebay for £100 though it cost me £90 for a van service. I still need to build a stand, then buy lighting and adequate filtration. My wallet is crying. :(
 

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@misnoodle at the states dollar per gal only goes up to 40 breeder I belive. on black Friday it was only 29 gallon.
 
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@misnoodle at the states dollar per gal only goes up to 40 breeder I belive. on black Friday it was only 29 gallon.
Darn. Well then, ill still probably shop state side as its cheaper than buying here. It may be worth it. Either way.

My 46 gallon was second hand, as were both my 20s.
 

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I used it to get a general idea of what the smallest i could go so i could plan, while upping to the minimum recommendation of schools. While the other part of me says that mine do shoal together, even if its abnormal, and its one of those "if it aint broke...". But at least id have the potential to add more of their kinds to make them happier still.

If i go bigger, say 90+ id like to add a school of porthole catfish. Theyre a dream fish of mine still, but id be full stock in a 55 gallon with the cory schools. And the cory schools are my first priority.

And i want a nice school for the black neons. I adore these tiny fish theyre so very cute. Very polite little fish, different from my skirt tetras. They just chill around the plants wherever they feel like, flicking their little tails and they come up to the glass when they see im there. Theyre not shy, but they have more personality than the skirts do (my skirts just are eating machines haha love them though but only one of my skirts show any personality or curiosity). And they arent little terrors either. Theyre down to 4 until i pick up some more this week, but even so theyre not shy or hiding, and theyre not trying to kill everyone like the skirts do when their shoal drops below 5 (had this happen where our 5th died and they immediately went on a warpath until we added two more). These little black neons are perfectly mannered little citizens. They also dont boss everyone out of their food like the danios do lol just politely grab their own little pellet and take off.

Anywho, mini update on the rescued cories. The tiny tiny one no longer has a sunken belly. Hes colouring up and starting to swim more steady. I had to turn the flow down for him because he was getting tumbled around. But already a couple days in being treated for parasites and he looks so much better. Less skeletal too.

Here's a before photo. You can see why i couldnt turn these poor things away. Bronze are my least favourite cory, but they were in such bad shape i wasnt going to say no. The most i could do is try to save them.

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Now this is today of the same fish. His belly is no longer sunken in and hes filling in.
20191215_070958.jpg


^ he was the one i wasnt sure would even make the night. Hes sooooo small. But, its day 3 and hes doing good still. I named him Blip because he is just a tiny little blip.

Next photo, Blip among my other cories, next to my index finger. My weitzmani are my smallest species of cory, for comparison. This photo was taken day 2.
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Blip beside his finless buddy, Hobbs. Hobbs probably wont regrow that pectoral fin since the spine is completely rotted off to a stump. But very robust fish despite the severe fin rot. She is looking better too.
20191215_071400.jpg


Theres also Jaxx, who is the 3rd bronze in the rescue. In better shape than the other two, just some mild fin rot of the tail. Most skittish of the 3.
20191214_061159.jpg


And my black neons are great, but Twintail is the best. Shes curious and very photogenic.
20191215_045803.jpg


And Tree is doing good. Nice full belly, still wary of the zucchini discs i offer, but at least shes eating enough to keep a nice full belly. Active, even during the day. Gets along good with Twigbranch. She is usually very good at blending in, but not so much yesterday morning on my sword stem. She is small enough still to fit on my plants, so she likes them.
20191215_045832.jpg


And lastly, my others are doing good. Red the DG is coming out more that the platies have been moved. He and our adult male platy always were at odds, usually the platy instigating it.
20191215_072118.jpg

I had gotten 3 more of the kuhlis to add to my old 3 a month or so ago, right? I was hoping having more id see the old ones more, but alas, theyre still shy since we moved them to the big tank. They used to always come out when they were in our 10 gallon. Now i see the 3 new ones out all the time. Very photogenic little guys.
20191214_092305.jpg

And my danios are hard to photograph as always, but i love my longfins. They remind me a bit of little fairies.
20191215_072419.jpg
Wow I love kuhlis, look so cute and rare to me.
 
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I have the video uploading, ill post it in the morning since im exhausted.

Took out the big piece of driftwood. It was going fuzzy in some spots despite being in the tank for over 6 months. To be safe, i removed it. I kept a few small segments though.

Added 2 more black neons, bringing me to 6.
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Twigbranch up close
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Blip is always upside down. He loves the sword plants.
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Tree attached herself to the airline tube towards the biofilter...
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Here is the video as promised
My javas are crazy since i just did a water change not long before this video.

Stock currently stands:
11 zebra danios
13 corydoras (trilineatus, paleatus, weitzmani, agassizii, and aeneus)
10 java/kuhli loaches
1 dwarf gourami
6 black neon tetras
2 farlowella vittata
Plus assorted small snails
 

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MissNoodle said:
I have the video uploading, ill post it in the morning since im exhausted.

Took out the big piece of driftwood. It was going fuzzy in some spots despite being in the tank for over 6 months. To be safe, i removed it. I kept a few small segments though.

Added 2 more black neons, bringing me to 6.
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Twigbranch up close
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Blip is always upside down. He loves the sword plants.
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Tree attached herself to the airline tube towards the biofilter...
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Cute curious twig who smiled for camera and ninja who like to show off flipping around :))
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isn’t her smile so cute? What is her generic name? She is so interesting playful young twig.
 
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Petchratn said:
Cute curious twig who smiled for camera and ninja who like to show off flipping around :))
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isn’t her smile so cute? What is her generic name? She is so interesting playful young twig.
I got two of these guys, Twigbranch is my subadult male and Tree is my juvenile female. Twigbranch is the larger of the two.

Tree is on the upper left, Twigbranch on the lower right. They can grow to 9 inches long. Twigbranch is about 6.5 inches now and Tree is just nearing 4 inches (she was 3 inches when i got her a week ago)
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Twigbranch compared to my hand
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Tree compared to my hand
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They are farlowella vittata, generically called "twig catfish" or "farlowella catfish". There are many similar species of farlowella, mine are the vittata species which is the most common. Theyre similar to plecos (they have sucker mouths and spend their time clinging to the glass or driftwood. These guys prefer tall thin branches set vertically in the tank.

They are a vegetarian species, feeding mostly on algae, supplemented with algae wafers and vegetables. They are a very delicate fish, many people struggle to keep them alive. They dont handle large water changes well but also need to have very very clean water. Smaller more frequent water changes are better for them and they need a very mature tank to be added to.

They can potentially live 15+ years if you can get them to thrive in your tank. Many times they are out competed for food.

Mine are named after Warriors characters, if anyone reads them and have read the newer sagas.
Editing in some other angles of them:
Twigbranch
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Tree
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Both
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Both
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