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Chaetostoma tachiraense Schultz, 1944

Image contributors to this species:

Mark Sabaj Perez (2)

ScotCat Sources:

Etymology = Genus

Other Sources:

Fishbase  Search Google  All Catfish Species Inventory

Relevant Information:

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. Remarks: 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 stream variety. Sexual differences: Males have better colour, a broader head and lips and adult males possess longer ventral fins than the females.

Common Name:

Tachira Chaetostoma


Chaetostoma tachiraensis




South America: Catatumbo river basin in the Lake Maracaibo drainage (up to altitudes between 1,000 and 2,000 m above sea level), Colombia and Venezuela.  Type locality: Río Táchira, 7 km. north of San Antonio, Estado de Táchira, Venezuela; the Río Táchira is a tributary of the Río Zulia, Catatumbo system, Maracaibo basin.


8.5cm. (3¼ins)


23-27°c (73-80°f.)




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