The identify of members of this genus is carried out
by looking at the ventral plates (underneath the mouth
to anal area) to identify to species. F. acus
(F. acus species group) has two rows of abdominal
scutes, no median scute at the base of the pelvic
fins (occasionally found in species of the Farlowella
curtirostra species group), and fairly long breeding
odontodes on the snout (found on no other species
of Farlowella). Aquarium Care:
Not an easy catfish to keep as there have been many
unexplained deaths attributed to this species and
as such would need dedicated care from an experienced
catfish keeper who has worked with this species or
its close cousins from the easier kept Sturisoma
genera. As this is a very timid species, if housed
with other inhabitants you would be better keeping
away from boisterous fish such as some of the Barb
species (such as tigers) and definately Cichlids.
Better companions would be the unobstrusive Corydoras
species and small Characins or Rasboras. Diet:
They are mostly vegetarian with algae being their
number one source of food for adults and young fry
so the above mentioned foods along with vegetable
laden tablets should suffice.
Venezuela, Lake Valencia and Torito River basins.
Retzer, M.E. and Page,
L. M.; Systematic of the Stick Catfishes,
Farlowella Eigenmann & Eigenmann (Pisces, Loricariidae)
Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of
Philadelphia, Vol. 147, (1997), pp. 33-88. ScotCat
no. 76. October 2002.