Will need a good water flow in the aquarium with a
sand substrate and plenty of hiding places. Diet:
Great algae eater, but you will have to subsidise
this food with algae wafers and vegetable foods such
as cucumber, zucchini and lettuce. Will also except
tablet and worm foods. Sexual Differences:
Males have better colour, a broader head and lips
and adult males possess longer ventral fins than the
The Chaetostoma species are not the easiest
to maintain as the mountain stream species will need
a water current to provide oxygen-rich water.
South America:Upper Meta and upper Apuré River basins,
Colombia and Venezuela. Type locality:
Quebrada Cramalote, Villavicencio Meta River basin,
Ferraris, C.J. Jr.,
2007. Checklist of catfishes, recent and fossil (Osteichthyes:
Siluriformes), and catalogue of siluriform primary
types. Zootaxa 1418:1-628. Seidel, I.
2008. Back to Nature guide to L-catfishes, Ettlingen,
Germany 208 p.