Royal Farlowella Catfish


The Royal Farlowella Catfish (Sturisoma panamense) is a striking, elongated fish known for its algae-eating capabilities and unique appearance. Perfect for maintaining a clean and healthy freshwater aquarium, this catfish is both functional and beautiful.

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Introduction At, we are excited to present the Royal Farlowella Catfish (Sturisoma panamense), a remarkable species known for its unique appearance and efficient algae-eating abilities. This guide offers comprehensive insights into their care, diet, and habitat needs.

Taxonomy and Natural Habitat The Royal Farlowella Catfish belongs to the family Loricariidae and is native to the freshwater rivers and streams of Panama and South America. These fish prefer slow-moving waters with abundant vegetation and submerged wood. Replicating these conditions in an aquarium helps them thrive.

Physical Characteristics This species is recognized for its elongated, twig-like body and distinctive fins. Typically reaching up to 8 inches in length, their unique appearance makes them a striking addition to any aquarium. Their coloration varies from light to dark brown, often with intricate patterns that provide camouflage in their natural habitat.

Aquarium Setup To provide optimal care for the Royal Farlowella Catfish, a tank of at least 30 gallons is recommended, with plenty of hiding spots created by driftwood, rocks, and plants. Maintaining stable water parameters with a slightly acidic to neutral pH (6.5-7.5) and a temperature range of 72-79°F is crucial for their well-being.

Dietary Needs While their primary diet consists of algae, supplementing with high-quality vegetable-based foods such as algae wafers, blanched vegetables, and spirulina is essential. Occasional protein sources like insect larvae can be offered to ensure a balanced diet.

Behavior and Compatibility The Royal Farlowella Catfish is a peaceful species that coexists well with other non-aggressive fish. They are often seen grazing on algae-covered surfaces or resting on submerged wood. Providing a calm environment with minimal disturbances helps reduce stress and promotes natural behavior.

Breeding Insights Breeding the Royal Farlowella Catfish in captivity is challenging but possible with the right conditions. Providing a dedicated breeding tank with stable water parameters and plenty of hiding spots can encourage spawning. The male typically guards the eggs until they hatch.

Conservation and Ethical Sourcing is committed to ethical and sustainable sourcing practices. Our Royal Farlowella Catfish are raised in environments that mimic their natural habitats, ensuring they arrive healthy and ready to integrate into your aquarium.

Conclusion The Royal Farlowella Catfish is more than just an algae eater; it’s a unique and elegant addition to any freshwater aquarium. By choosing, you ensure that your new aquatic companion is raised with care and expertise.