was originally described by Günther (1864) from
the 'Andes of Western Ecuador' and redescribed by
Nathan Lujan and colleagues in 2015 based largely
on specimens collected during a survey conducted in
the Andes of Western Ecuador in 2012. Colouration:
Male Ecuadorian C. microps can range from
yellow to light blue in colouration, which contrasts
with the generally much more plain males from Peru
(Lujan, N. 2018). Aquarium Care:
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. The
species that are exported usually originate from warmer
waters so are a bit easier to keep than the mountain
Andes of western Ecuador.
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