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Sturisoma sp. - royal whiptails
« on: January 22, 2009, 10:13:30 pm »
Anybody kept these awesome beasts before?
They had some in MA today, £20 each, but once(IF!) I manage to find a job I might bite the bullet and splash out on a couple if they're sexable, they really are stunning! There doesn't seem to be much information on them, I've read a few sites and it seems they're breed-able which would be excellent.

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    Sturisoma sp. - royal whiptails
    « Reply #1 on: January 22, 2009, 10:41:50 pm »
    Lovely fish, they prefer lower ph for breeding I seem to remember when I did some research. Again hard to sex in the shop, and if they're small....can't remember anything else offhand.
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    Sturisoma sp. - royal whiptails
    « Reply #2 on: January 22, 2009, 10:44:40 pm »
    They must've been at least 4 inches, maybe more.
    Had some beauties in their display tank, would love to wangle myself them :D

    Just read an article by Ian Fuller breeding them at pH7.4 ish 8dKH, which I think is similar to mine, though I forget :o

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    Sturisoma sp. - royal whiptails
    « Reply #3 on: January 23, 2009, 08:10:42 am »
    most whiptails sold as royals are actually Sturisoma sp. aff. festivum  http://www.planetcatfish.com/catelog/species.php?species_id=1933 instead of what pc calls the royal twig catfish, sturisoma panamense.
    if it is the aff. festivum, then yes they are easy enough to get to breed, mine regularly spawn (ph 7.8), apparently, the hard part is getting the fry to survive, i haven't tried yet, the eggs tend to get eaten first

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    Sturisoma sp. - royal whiptails
    « Reply #4 on: January 23, 2009, 08:22:43 am »
    Nice fish! let us know how you get on with them:)

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    « Reply #5 on: January 23, 2009, 09:33:05 am »
    Will do Johnny, I'll look into getting them in a week or two once I've redone the tank and it's settled down :)
    Cheers Bri! The ones in their display tank were definitely festivum - I remember the really long tail extension. Not sure if the ones in the other tank were the same or not!
    What do you feed yours? And as they're spawning, what size are they?

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    Sturisoma sp. - royal whiptails
    « Reply #6 on: January 23, 2009, 09:37:58 am »
    they look like beauties (sp)

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    « Reply #7 on: January 23, 2009, 10:03:02 am »
    mine are around 7" plus another 3" extensions lol.
    attached pics to show difference between male and female, male has the beard, female is all mouth:D

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    « Reply #8 on: January 23, 2009, 10:05:45 am »
    Do the males always have the bristles on show like that, or are they retractable?
    What size tank are yours in?
    Oh, and what did you pay? :D

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    Sturisoma sp. - royal whiptails
    « Reply #9 on: January 23, 2009, 10:10:53 am »
    once mature, they will always have some bristles, maybe smaller when not in breeding condition but you should still be able to see some growth whereas the female will have none, may be that 4" is too small to guage accuractly but take a photo and zoom in on it is probably the easiest way to see.
    mine are currently in a 3foot tank but its very lightly stocked, there are 5 clown plecs and 8 baby geo's in there, soon the geo's will move and i'll try to raise some of the whiptails fry.
    oh and i didn't pay for these:D

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    Sturisoma sp. - royal whiptails
    « Reply #10 on: January 23, 2009, 10:11:15 am »
    I've only got a normal whiptail lol