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Old 11-21-2009, 04:45 AM   #46
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I imagine that the petricola would eat molly fry, although these catfish are still very small. These mollies have dropped scores of fry since I got them, most of which have been eaten be the mollies and other tankmates. I was so gung-ho about my livebearers that I got down in Mexico, but haven't spent much time lately working with them because I have been so busy with other things. Getting these fish into this tank and getting better looks at them has renewed my interest in building up their colonies again. I have several different species of goodeid and poecilid livebearers that I collected down there during a couple of trips. Did you ever see the one trip journal that I put together? It is right here.

http://entomology.wisc.edu/~dbiggs/pesca/index.html

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Old 11-24-2009, 04:48 AM   #47
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I think maybe I found a good centerpiece for this tank, Cyrtopserma johnstonii.



This is a unique plant, and it is growing pretty well for me. I wrote down a few specific observations on it in a post in the Plants forum.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pl...ohnstonii.html
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Old 11-24-2009, 05:01 AM   #48
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Dang! Those are freakin' awesome catfish!
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Old 11-24-2009, 05:20 AM   #49
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They're gonna be really great when they grow up a little bit bigger. They are only ~1" or so long now.
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Old 11-24-2009, 03:57 PM   #50
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I have always believed that fish with big mouths, especially including catfish, will eat any smaller fish they can find. Is that true of petricola? (I keep thinking PepsiCola, for some reason.)
Probably, but they have very small mouths. When I kept them, I had a group of julies marlieri that bred constantly.
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Old 11-24-2009, 05:01 PM   #51
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If you keep this up I may be unable to avoid the temptation to get some of them Tell me their bad habits, quick!!!
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They're doing great so far. From what I have read they are just about perfect aquarium fish. They make an entertaining display.
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If you keep this up I may be unable to avoid the temptation to get some of them Tell me their bad habits, quick!!!
They're great fish. If you have room, you should get some. They are one of my all time favorite fish.
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Old 11-24-2009, 06:19 PM   #54
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I think that that seller in Chicago might still have some more and I heard about another recent auction too.
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Old 11-25-2009, 12:03 AM   #55
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Petricolas are the coolest fish.

Good stuff, Devin.

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Old 11-25-2009, 11:38 PM   #56
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My 125 is housing 7 Frontosa, 6 Synodontis Petricola and 4 Phyllonemus typus. The Syn. Petricola are by far my favorites.
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One of my friends neighbors breeds Ancistrus type plecos. One of the strange things he's told me is that he keeps petricolas with his plecos and the petricolas will hold the babies in the mouth. Which i thought to be funny but apparently if you search hard enough on the web you can find similar stories.
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Old 11-26-2009, 04:39 AM   #58
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The websites describing this fish state that it needs hard, somewhat alkaline water. Is that correct, or are they like so many fish in that they will adapt to what ever water you have if you acclimate them to it? My tap water is very soft.
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Old 11-26-2009, 06:28 AM   #59
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I understand that they are pretty adaptable. I think that the breeder who sold this group to me said she was keeping them in moderately hard water with pH 7.6. This is not so hard like Lake Tanganyika water is. They probably wouldn't be suitable for very soft water with low pH.
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Old 11-27-2009, 06:10 AM   #60
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If you keep this up I may be unable to avoid the temptation to get some of them Tell me their bad habits, quick!!!
A shoal of Pimelodus pictus could also be great for a species catfish display, and those are often readily available at the LFS. A couple of people suggested dwarf pike cichlids (Crenicichla sp.) as engaging possibilities for this setup while I was looking for ideas. Congos or another West African tetra could also be good and would probably appreciate the overhanging vegetation. Invertzfactory.com has those weird little gobies that could be neat additions. There are just a zillion different fish possibilities.
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