Oh I saw them before in your pics in different angle lol. When look from their belly/bottom. I don’t get it why they called twig. I am so weird, I always like algae eater, I like how they can hang on things with theirs mouths lol.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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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 don't 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.
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If you decide to try out twig catfish (theyre named that because they look like sticks, they blend in and hide), you should make sure the tank has been running for a long time, many months so they have at least biofilm to eat. House them with peaceful fish only. Danios can be iffy because they will out eat them.Oh I saw them before in your pics in different angle lol. When look from their belly/bottom. I don’t get it why they called twig. I am so weird, I always like algae eater, I like how they can hang on things with theirs mouths lol.
I think if I can have lot of them in the tank without any other fish, that must be cool like they are hanging around chatting.
By the way, I am planing to get my sons some black Bristol board, when you told me what you used as the black ground, I didn’t know what it was, I saw lot of fun art people used them for. Look fun for my kids, age
Wow, I can grow algae without buying!!!! Dang I just purchased lol some for my clams, since I have so much I don’t think algae will last.If you decide to try out twig catfish (theyre named that because they look like sticks, they blend in and hide), you should make sure the tank has been running for a long time, many months so they have at least biofilm to eat. House them with peaceful fish only. Danios can be iffy because they will out eat them.
These guys are mostly nocturnal, mostly out at night. During the day they will rest hiding on branches. They need branches of driftwood, not logs. They are shy. Best either to keep them single or as a pair (two males may fight, but not violent as theyre docile fish). Minimum size tank is 29 gallons, though some breeders breed them in 20 gallon. Because they don't really move around a lot.
They don't swim well, they mostly hop around from place to place and theyre slow. There should be enough space for them to be able to access perches. Tall strong plants are appreciated, like Amazon swords, anubias, or java ferns. They will sometimes hang out on the leaves or stems of these plants.
I would not wipe the back wall of the tank down, because they graze on the glass. It keeps a food source for them.
You should also grow algae for them in another tank if you don't want soft algae in your own tank. Have a small glass container (aerated with an air pump), a rock or piece of driftwood inside, and have bright light shining on it 18 hours a day to grow algae. Have more than one inside so you can switch them out and feed as needed.
Hang steamed veggies like zucchinI or cucumber on the sides of the tank or on driftwood after you turn out the lights, and remove in the morning.
I never have to clean my glass in my 46 gallon. Not even the front. The twig cats keep it very clean.
Theyre really cool fish, BUT they don't do much for action. Most of the day they sit in one spot.
They need really oxygenated water, so be sure to always have an air pump or two going and a good current.
Sand is a more ideal substrate for them, but they aren't *always* on the bottom, so as long as the gravel is kept vacuumed regularly itd be alright. Just keep smooth gravel.
They won't do well in a perfectly scrubbed clean sterile aquarium. Algae is your friend if you keep these fish, as its their main food source.
There are similar fish, called "royal farlowella" which look close to these guys, but are in another family and are easier to keep.
Some videos of my two...
I take the algae rocks or branches out and put them in the main tank and put them back when its gone. The algae tank is just a little bowl with an air pump. No heater. Bright light shined right on it.Wow, I can grow algae without buying!!!! Dang I just purchased lol some for my clams, since I have so much I don’t think algae will last.
What ph you grow algae in other tank? Does it need heater? Wow! I like the idea that you bring them for buffet restaurant (algae tank) and let them go home.
Thank you. Do I need to do any water change?I take the algae rocks or branches out and put them in the main tank and put them back when its gone. The algae tank is just a little bowl with an air pump. No heater. Bright light shined right on it.
Water in the tank is just dechlorinated tap water, with extra Seachem Flourish dosed in it to speed up algae growth. The Flourish isn't necessary but I use it.
My pH is 7.8-8, I naturally have high pH in our tap water.
You could even leave a few rocks in a glass bowl or jar in the window if you get enough sun. Or outside if you live somewhere warm year round.
I dont, I just top it off if it evaporates.Thank you. Do I need to do any water change?
So cute when they were eating cucumbers
Tiny cory Blip is still so little and thin, but hes doing so well.
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Tree. Shes doing good, but Twigbranch is definitely the dominant of the two. He will boot her from a spot if he wants it. LolView attachment 646429
Oh, and the container in the tank this week... a baby ghost shrimp. I gravel vac'd the tank with my shrimp and in the waste water I found this tiny guy. So got him nice and safe in a floating container until he grows. Fingers crossed for success this time. Hes already had a molt so that's good news.
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Not much to update for change this week I don't think.
Though I ripped out all of the tall grass, I found some new shoots growing. So that's sorta funny. Itll grow just to die again I guess.
The cories were very busy this morning, as usual. Stirred up quite a bit of debris though.
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Bonus video of the cories in action
No matter how I redo it, it just remains naturally chaotic haha. The fish like it, and I'm starting to finally be happy with how its coming out. Just waiting on some baby swords to grow in, and some new crypt plantings too.I really like how you have such a naturalistic scape!
1. Those pictures are absolutely amazing - what camera are you using? Apologies if you mentioned it somewhere throughout your journal.
2. This is what makes aquarium keeping a thrill - the aquascaping you have done is amazing. Attention to detail or what; you obviously know your stuff and have been doing this for a long long time.
I'd probably eat my dinners in front of that tank, instead of the tv lol.
Those birds are amazing, great shots!!!Ah, I just use my cell phone for the photos. Though, I do photography as a hobby! However I lack a short lens for indoor use, so I can't use my good camera yet for photos of the fish. That said, a friend of mine has a short lens for me ill be picking up some time this year, so that will be nice. For now, my Samsung Galaxy A8. That's what I use now. My good camera though is a Nikon. I specialize more in birds and nature photography. Some examples:
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Actually, ive been into the hobby seriously for less than a year, though my one year mark is coming up.
This is what I first started out with:
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Ha, I'm pretty sure they always looked spaced out.You have better photos than most of the stores I browse... you should offer your services Very attractive cory and kuhlI pics.
Also is it just me or is that twig spaced out as if it is having a blissful dream? Maybe sandy logs taste like heaven to catfish...
I think you have a fish with a disability. Very inclusive tank that is
If you look close, even her eyes are looking in two different directions!
Edit: found the photo of her in the bag when we first brought her home
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Possibly narcoleptic? Just randomly goes off like dead in a sleep... either way, its amusing and cute.I think you have a fish with a disability. Very inclusive tank that is
I love how your danios just HAD to come swim in front of the camera to see what was going on <3 Can't get enough of your tank as always!Actually, there may not be a video posted until tomorrow, for now just photos for this week.
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^the sword plantlet in the pot is growing out for a coworker, that's why it's there. I sanitized it and moved it out of the tank that has hydra so I don't send hydra to her lol
The cories love sticking their heads inside the acorn tops.
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I do have a video of the one eyed girl, now named Izanagi, or Izzy.
Theyre nosy and always hounding me for food lol that's their only downside is their habit of needing to always eat. They eat themselves sick while other fish barely get anything, hence why they will be moved to my other 20 when my coworker picks up the 5 shes taking. Its better for themI love how your danios just HAD to come swim in front of the camera to see what was going on <3 Can't get enough of your tank as always!
I can see why you love that pick! It’s awesome!Took this photo of Twigbranch today, I love it.
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Theyre nosy and always hounding me for food lol that's their only downside is their habit of needing to always eat. They eat themselves sick while other fish barely get anything, hence why they will be moved to my other 20 when my coworker picks up the 5 shes taking. Its better for them
Just my phone for that one tooIt took me so long to find tree Lol!!
Those are awesome pics!
You must have an awesome camera because, It must have taken some serious camera skills and a good camera to get a photo of the kuhlis before they started squiggling around again