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Red Whiptail Catfish (Rineloricaria sp. (L010A))

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I picked up 2 of these guys at my local fish store today. What awesome looking little fish. I have them in my 90 gallon tank that is heavily planted with lots of driftwood. The only drawback I'm finding with them is that with their colouration they're REALLY hard to find in the tank when they're in the plants or on the driftwood. I'm hoping once they settle in they won't be too shy.....or I'll never see them....haha.

I had never heard of them before and had to look them up before buying them to make sure they'd be a good fit for my tank. There's a pretty good article about them on planetcatfish for those who are interested in reading up on them a bit.

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They're a rather lazy fish, don't move around much unless disturbed. Pretty much ignored by other fish, reasonably hardy, the fry are tougher to raise than BN.
They seem to be very similar to farlowella in body type and behaviour. I also have 2 of those in my tank. I managed to get the farlowella to spawn once in my 90 gallon tank. However, I was afraid to remove the eggs too soon and waited one day too long. Most of the fry got eaten. Of the 9 I was able to save, I wasn't able to keep them alive for more than 3 months.

That's pretty typical for farlowella fry from what I've gathered. The L-10a aren't quite as hard to raise, and once they get past 1" seem to be well enough on their way. You do need to separate them though, they won't survive in a community tank, or even a breeding tank with the adults. The fry just seem to disappear mysteriously unless you keep them in a tank of their own.
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