Royal Farlowella is a fish species native to South American waters. This relatively small fish is an interesting and eye-catching addition to the home aquarium.
Royal Farlowella have a long thin body shape and can reach lengths of up to 10 inches. They also have a distinct set of fan-like barbels that project from the mouth.
Royal Farlowella are distinguished from many other types of fish because they are slow swimmers that don’t compete well with more aggressive fish.
Royal Farlowella feeds mainly on algae and other detritus in the wild. They possess special bristles called “setae” on their throats and abdominal regions that help allow them to feed on such small particles.
While Royal Farlowella can live in almost any kind of water, they are happiest when the water is clean, soft, and acidic.
Royal Farlowella do not produce sounds, and they do not respond to sound-based stimuli.
Regarding breeding, Royal Farlowella prefer only to mate in the presence of a current.
A female Royal Farlowella will lay her eggs on a smooth surface during the breeding season.
A male Royal Farlowella will guard the eggs for up to a month until they hatch—protecting them from predators and oxygen-poor water.
The eggs are also very durable and can withstand poor water conditions for an extended period.
Royal Farlowella are considered omnivores, meaning that they will eat almost anything, even fish food.