Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Elk Grove, California
These guys have settled in well. Although, a bit nervous because the tank doesn't have many areas to hide.
Just put in a very large order of breeding tubes and caves from Pleco-caves to remedy that.
Ive had ancistrus species for a long time but I am new to whiptails. They are such an interesting cat. You can see their colors fade in out- change with their moods and surroundings. They definitely need to be in a group. Tend to search each other out in tank and settle in closely together. They dont need a whole lotta room, their not really a very active cat. I have 6 in a 30 gallon tank, along with the 2 ancistrus. Of course, they are juveniles, the ancistrus will be moved once they all go through quarantine.
Usually I would deworm, but being these came from a local breeder---he is actually a moderator on PlanetCatfish-- Ill just observe. He is also a chair of the biology department at UOP. I picked these fish up in his lab yesterday on campus. It was such an amazing experience. All the tanks of catfish! He is now researching the venom that is excreted by corydoras species from their pectoral fins. Have you ever noticed how corydoras have spines in their pectoral fins that will lock when stressed/caught in a net ( actually, it is too keep from being eaten by larger fish)? Well, these spines also secrete a venom. This is why they say to be very careful of corydoras spines. They can hurt as well as sting from venom.
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