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Old 06-28-2013, 02:17 PM   #1
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Farlowella, bumble bee, or banjo?

Hello, I have a 29 gallon with bottom feeders that are kuhli loaches and Cory cats, I need to decide on one of these cat fish, I want something unique looking, and will stand out and not be shy in flora max substrate, but it also can't hurt my other fish, so what fish is the best , the hardiest, better looking? And what are their needs? Thanks
Royal farlowella catfish, banjo catfish, or bumble bee catfish?
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Old 06-28-2013, 02:38 PM   #2
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I used to have bumblebee cats, they were awesome but they would hide all day and when they came out it was for their snack- baby fish.
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Old 06-28-2013, 02:43 PM   #3
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I used to have bumblebee cats, they were awesome but they would hide all day and when they came out it was for their snack- baby fish.
Do they bury themselves?
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Old 06-28-2013, 02:54 PM   #4
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No, they hid in my shipwreck decoration. Although they might burrow themselves if they have sand.
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Old 06-28-2013, 03:37 PM   #5
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I'm having flora max as a substrate so I don't think they will hide, how big do they get?
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Old 06-28-2013, 04:10 PM   #6
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That i dont know, mine only reached 3" before i had to sell them for eating my baby fish
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Old 06-28-2013, 04:18 PM   #7
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Oh ok, ado you think he will eat fish like neon tetras?
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Old 06-28-2013, 06:49 PM   #8
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No, they ate my baby swordtails and platies, but they never tried to harm my tetras.
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:16 PM   #9
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Ok cool thanks!
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:29 PM   #10
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Banjo catfish are awesome. Mine literally burrows in the sand I have to check every few weeks to make sure he's still alive. The most calm fish you will ever have
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Royal farlowella catfish need large tanks. They are grow long and they swim poorly and with the rigid bodies have trouble turning around so they have to have a lot of room. I have whiptail cats in the 220 and they have the same issues.
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:46 PM   #12
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Ok so now, banjo cat or bumble bee, I'm having flora max substrate, so I need something that will be comfortable in it
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The banjo catfish is a really neat fish. Some people say it looks like a miniature goonch catfish.
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:40 PM   #14
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So you guys would recommend a banjo cat?
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Ibhave both bumble bees and banjos honestly u won't see much of either but I just love my banjo he's the sweetest thing
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I'm assuming you're interested in the South American Bumblebee Catfish. They grow to about 3 1/2 - 4". I don't think they bury themselves they way Banjo Cats do. While neither is aggressive per se, they have the potential of eating any fish that can fit in their mouths.

If you choose the Bumblebee, make sure you're getting the South American Bumblebee and not the Asian Bumblebee. The Asian Bumblebee looks similar, but grows larger and is much more aggressive.
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I'm pretty sure I'm getting tha banjo, maybe two I don't know what so you guys think? There are 2 Cory's, 4 kuhli loaches , and a bn pleco, should I add one or two?
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2 banjo cats should work. Just feed them at night since the cories can be real pigs
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Ok thanks, I'll do that
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