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by Mol_PMB
Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Farlowella diet question
Replies: 20
Views: 1577

Re: Farlowella diet question

Looking good :-)

When she’s a bit older, they will usually prefer a spawning site on the glass where there is the best water flow (such as opposite a filter or powerhead outlet). If you want this to be at the front, make sure that’s where the best flow is.
by Mol_PMB
Sat Dec 07, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Farlowella diet question
Replies: 20
Views: 1577

Re: Farlowella diet question

Looking good. Hopefully you’ll have a spawn when she’s grown a bit.
by Mol_PMB
Fri Dec 06, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Farlowella diet question
Replies: 20
Views: 1577

Re: Farlowella diet question

I’m pretty sure the new one is a female, so you now have a pair :-) She’s still quite small so make sure she has plenty to graze on. I’ve found my twigs to be pretty robust in response to short-term stress, I once had a big tank disaster when it over-filled to the cover glass and lost all oxygenatio...
by Mol_PMB
Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Black worms
Replies: 8
Views: 825

Re: Black worms

I’m sorry, work has become incredibly busy and I am having to spend a lot of time away from home. I don’t know when I’ll get a chance to pack and send anything to you. It might be best to leave it until after the Christmas rush anyway.
by Mol_PMB
Sun Dec 01, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Black worms
Replies: 8
Views: 825

Re: Black worms

Thanks. I'm happy to send some on that basis. My remaining doubt concerns the ambient temperatures which are currently below freezing here. A simple cost-effectively packed jiffy bag might not keep them alive in the cold. But a proper insulated box with heat packs will cost a lot more to send. Any t...
by Mol_PMB
Sat Nov 30, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Black worms
Replies: 8
Views: 825

Re: Black worms

I’ve got two tanks with healthy populations of them in the substrate. I’m not sure if it’s permitted to post them from the UK to the Netherlands? I have sent some within the UK which arrived successfully.
Regards,
Paul
by Mol_PMB
Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: L244 Sexing: Now with a spawn and fry
Replies: 61
Views: 4972

Re: L244 Sexing: Now with a spawn and fry

Here’s a pic of one of the adults and a youngster together. Sorry about the quality, I didn’t have the proper camera to hand and the adult scarpered quickly!
by Mol_PMB
Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Feeding Repashy
Replies: 19
Views: 691

Re: Feeding Repashy

I make my repashy in empty blister trays from frozen foods, which are about 1cm cubes. For adult plecs (about 5" long) I generally reckon an average of half a cube per day. Smaller fish (juveniles and otos) often prefer to eat off the surface of twigs and branches. Sometimes I dip twigs in the repas...
by Mol_PMB
Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Speak Easy
Topic: Catfish Study Group 2020 - 41st Convention
Replies: 5
Views: 920

Re: Catfish Study Group 2020 - 41st Convention

Wonderful- I’m looking forward to it already!
by Mol_PMB
Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: L244 Sexing: Now with a spawn and fry
Replies: 61
Views: 4972

Re: L244 Sexing: Now with a spawn and fry

I see my two juvenile L244s quite often as a rapidly disappearing yellow flash. This evening I finally managed to creep up on one with the camera and get a few shots before it scarpered into a crevice. So I thought I'd post the pics here as an update to the story. They're growing rather slowly but l...
by Mol_PMB
Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Farlowella diet question
Replies: 20
Views: 1577

Re: Farlowella diet question

Hi, sorry for the delay in responding, life is busy! There are a couple of threads here about my Farlowellas, the first one was about ID and the second one about breeding and raising the younsgters. They're a bit old, some of those fry are now grandparents!: https://www.planetcatfish.com/forum/viewt...
by Mol_PMB
Sun Oct 20, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Farlowella diet question
Replies: 20
Views: 1577

Re: Farlowella diet question

Thanks for the extra pics, I think he is a male Farlowella vittata. He looks healthy and I think you're doing the right thing with the tank decor and feeding. The males have a slightly shorter rostrum (nose) covered in odontodes (they look a bit like stubbly hairs) whereas the females have a longer ...
by Mol_PMB
Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Farlowella diet question
Replies: 20
Views: 1577

Re: Farlowella diet question

That looks great!
It’s a bit hard to tell from that angle, but I think it looks a lot like my male Farlowella vittata.
If you can get a photo of his underside when suckered to the glass we may be able to identify species and sex.
by Mol_PMB
Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Farlowella diet question
Replies: 20
Views: 1577

Re: Farlowella diet question

Mine certainly spend a lot of time suckered to branches and twigs. I’d say they need wood, not to eat but to rest on: ideally thinner branches criss-crossing the tank.
by Mol_PMB
Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Farlowella diet question
Replies: 20
Views: 1577

Re: Farlowella diet question

They eat algae and the microscopic creatures in it (‘aufwuchs’). The staple diet of my adults is repashy gel, I use a mixture of soilent green, morning wood and bottom scratcher. They also eat courgette and red peppers. I feed the fry on chlorella and spirulina powder, with an occasional treat of mi...
by Mol_PMB
Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Do Loricariidae feed off parents?
Replies: 3
Views: 354

Re: Do Loricariidae feed off parents?

Thanks - some interesting insights and experiences!
I’ve caught the little one and put it back in the nursery, so hopefully will avoid any problems with the adults. I can provide higher food density in the nursery and they grow pretty well in there.
by Mol_PMB
Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Do Loricariidae feed off parents?
Replies: 3
Views: 354

Do Loricariidae feed off parents?

My twig cats Farlowella vittata have been breeding again recently, and I decided to save some of the youngsters in a nursery. Two batches of them are growing well. I just noticed one of the smaller twiglets has escaped back into the main tank (or perhaps missed getting collected up in the first plac...
by Mol_PMB
Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Tank Talk
Topic: Tank dimensions - small height
Replies: 3
Views: 1506

Re: Tank dimensions - small height

I have a custom size tank 60x60x30cm(high) which I use as a pleco breeder. I had it made that size to fit an awkward space under the stairs. So far I have successfully bred 3 species in it (at different times), including Ancistrus, Panaqolus and Pseudolithoxus. I think 25cm depth would also be fine....
by Mol_PMB
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: South American Catfishes (Loricariidae - Plecos et al)
Topic: Feeding herbivores and carnivores in the same tank
Replies: 10
Views: 732

Re: Feeding herbivores and carnivores in the same tank

I’ve had problems in one of my large tanks with a mix of plecs and other fish - the Panaqolus (captive bred by me) seem to get very bloated as they have acquired a taste for richer foods. I have not had similar problems with wild-caught fish (e.g Pseudolithoxus) which seem to stick closer to their n...