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Help to identify an algae eater

Discussion in 'Fish' started by igalginz, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. igalginz

    igalginz New Member

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    Hi all,

    Can someone help me to identify this algae eater? Tried to browse Google Images, but no luck.

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. anemone-clown

    anemone-clown New Member

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    I don't know wich one it is, but I've a great interessed for this specie.
     
  3. saumya

    saumya New Member

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    maybe a whiptail catfish (Rineloricaria fallax ), i am not great at ids though
     
  4. gavinsons

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    Yeah thats a whiptail catfish, I have a few in my tank. They dont move around much just mainly lay on the bottom. When the lights go out the become more active.
     
  5. Jurijs mit JS

    Jurijs mit JS Admin Staff Member

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    are they good algae eaters?
     
  6. igalginz

    igalginz New Member

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    Yee haw! Thanks a lot! This is the one!

    I bought them once without asking for the name, and didn't see them anywhere else since then.

    Thank you too, gavinsons!
    You're right - they were not moving too much. ...even when were alive...
    And then both died. One died a couple of days after getting into my tank (I was blaming the store), and the other one died surprisingly 3-4 weeks later.

    I liked them a lot, but not sure now if I should get them again. Do they need some kind of special treatment? More love to be sent mentally or something, to stay alive?
     
  7. saumya

    saumya New Member

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    i have kept another species of whiptail, the royal farlowella, they were good at finishing off algae but prefer warm waters, so these may not be the best choice of algae eaters if you have temperature sensitive/intolerant plants
     
  8. gavinsons

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    I keep mine in my 150 gallon discus tank. i dont give mine any special treatment besides dropping a few shrimp pellets in before the lights go off. I have seen them eat shrimp pellets along with my pair of gold nugget plecos. I do keep my aquarium water pretty warm for my discus. Around 83 degrees. I have had mine for probably a year or so. Good luck
     
  9. igalginz

    igalginz New Member

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    Seems like I have pretty much the same conditions in my tank. Was giving them staple food tables every other day or so.

    Harlequin rasbora and rummy nose were the only tank mates - not much of a competition food-wise.

    Will try them again. Thanks for the response!
     
  10. anemone-clown

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    Thank's, it a great fish! I will remember Rineloricaria fallax. :)
     
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