Royal Farlowella Cat


The Royal Farlowella Cat is a sucker mouth catfish that may also be referred to as the Panama Sturisoma. The male's first dorsal fin is long and it has facial "whiskers." The female does not have "whiskers" and the dorsal fin is a little shorter. The Royal Farlowella Catfish comes from fast flowing rivers in South America.

A minimum of a 30-gallon tank is recommended to house this fish. Plants and rocks should be utilized but numerous hiding spaces are not required. The Royal Farlowella Cat requires high aeration with sufficient filtration.

These fish have bred successfully in aquariums. Spawning occurs on flat or open surfaces, with the female laying about 60 yellow to brown eggs. The male will guard the eggs as they darken. The eggs hatch in about one week and the fry need to be fed blanched spinach and small pieces of pellet food.

In addition to the leftover food it will scavenge from the bottom, the Royal Farlowella Cat should also be fed sinking catfish pellets and algae wafers.

Quick Stats:
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Water Conditions: 70-78° F, pH 6.8-7.4, KH 8-10
Max. Size: 8"
Color Form: Green, Yellow
Diet: Herbivore
Origin: South America
Family: Loricariidae

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clide March 13, 2010 at 9:02 pm

great fish very cool

Gary July 14, 2010 at 7:37 pm

The best thing about this fish is that it will eliminate a majority of the algae in a 55g in a week. this is one of the best algae eaters i have ever seen . The only problem is that they are very sensitive to medication and water quality. If they start hanging out near the top with their nose out of the water change 25% immediately.

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