Farlowella Twig Catfish
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The twig catfish (aka Farlowella catfish) is a freshwater species that gets its name from the obvious resemblance to a thin stick. The Farlowella name is actually the genus, but it’s used as a catch-all term to describe this fish.

Out of the 35+ species in the Farlowella genus, you only see two of them in the aquarium scene. These are Farlowella acus and Farlowella vittata.

These fish are found in a multitude of areas throughout South America with the highest density being in Columbia and Venezuela. Some of the specific bodies of water they live in are Lake Valencia as well as the Amazon and Orinoco rivers.

Name: Royal Catfish, Twig Catfish, Farlowella Catfish
Science Name: Farlowella acus
Temperament: Peaceful

Max Size: 6″
pH: 6.4 – 7.5
Temperature: 72-79F°  (22-26°C)

Care Level: Easy
Life Expectancy: 10-12 Years

Minimum Tank Size Recommended: 20 Gallons
Groups: Recommended in groups 6+ / Thrives in groups 12+