Farlowella vittata
More Photos
Add Your Photo

Farlowella vittata

Common Names: Twig Catfish
Whiptail Catfish
Synonyms: Acestra acus
Family: Loricariidae
Category: Catfish_Bottom_Feeders
Distribution: America - South; Amazon River, South America.
Main Ecosystem: Lake; Lake
Temperament: Reclusive; Peaceful, inactive, timid, shy. Often will get picked on by aggressive fishes.
Diet: Herbivore; Herbivore
Care: Algae. Also other prepared green foods such as cucumber spinach, etc. Make sure they get enough food. If they grow very thin, and restlessly look for food, they are not getting enough algae. The Twig Catifish needs stable water conditions, and GH 3°-11°. This is generally a short lived fish.
6 - 7
24°C - 26°C
75°F - 79°F
3 dH - 8 dH
Potential Size: Male: 15cm (5.9")
Female: 15cm (5.9")
Water Region: Bottom; Bottom
Activity: Unknown; Unknown
Gender: Males have more broad snout, with tiny bristles on it, when mature.
Breeding: Spawn at night or early morning. 30-60 eggs are laid, usually on the glass. Male guard eggs until they hatch. The incubation period is 10 days at 26°C so fungusing is a problem. Overcome this by adding methylene blue to the water after the eggs are laid. Lighting should be not be too bright.
Comments: This is not a fish for beginners. <b>Thanks to <a href="">Discus</a> for contributing this profile.
Main Colours: Brown
Markings: Not Specified
Mouth: Sucking Disc
Tail: Concave
Search: Show similar species
Find compatible species
Image Credit: ©
Submitted By: Adam
History: View changes to this profile
Edit Profile: