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Default our Farlowella died

for no apparent reason our farlowella died really was a sad suprise

anybody know much about farlowellas?

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That is sad Mel, so sorry.

I saw a Farlowella catfish at my lfs the other day actually - very strange/interesting looking fish. I do know that they can be very sensitive to water conditions, just like oto's & can often die suddenly.

They do need some driftwood to chew/suck on in the tank as it helps their digestion. They do not really eat algae that much but need the usual flakes, worms etc. to supplement their diet & if there are a lot of other fish in the tank competing for food, he may end up starving because they need a more regular food source.
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Bernie.........You have brought up a good point. Many catfish and other fish bought as scavengers starve to death because their food needs are not met. Many are mostly vegetarian and they don't get enough greens.(plants and algae) Poor corydoras cats aren't very aggressive feeders and not enough food gets to the bottom where they feed. Many of the "exotic" catfish seen on the market now probably have exotic dietary needs also. People assume that catfish or scavenger means the poor things will eat anything and make no effort in caring for them.
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Default Re: our Farlowella died

he had live plants but no wood

many of the blood worms were easy for him to get and flakes were readily available

he did die shortly after a gravel wash and water change

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I'm sure you fed him well Mel! but like most catfish,they do need a constant food source though, because they are continually scavenging. Starvation is only one cause.

Again like most catfish they are also more prone to fungus/parasites etc. so it could have been problems with digestion or disease or water quality.

Do you know what your water parameters were?: ammonia etc.

Sometimes we never know the cause unless an autopsy is done.
 


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