Can be told apart from the
vittata by the
thinner rostrum. Aquarium Care: Not
an easy catfish to keep as there have been many unexplained
deaths attributed to this species (and other Farlowella)
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 definitely Cichlids.
Better companions would be the unobtrusive Corydoras
species and small Characins or Rasboras. Needs a high
oxygen content in the aquarium with regular water
changes to keep the water in pristine condition. Prefers
a dark substrate with a dense vegetation, floating
and long leaved plants where they will hang on to. 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.
Western Orinoco River basin and possibly Caribbean
Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2003. Loricariidae - Loricariinae (Armored catfishes).
p. 330-350. In R.E. Reis, S.O. Kullander and C.J.
Ferraris, Jr. (eds.) Checklist of the Freshwater Fishes
of South and Central America. Porto Alegre EDIPUCRS,
Brasil. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors.
2019. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication.
www.fishbase.org, ( 12/2019 ).