Similar to the Rineloricaria
and Pseudoloricaria genera's. The genus Metaloricaria
have a very wide lower lip.There
are only two species in this genera the other one
nijssenifrom the Morani and Oyapock rivers in French
Guiana. Aquarium Care: Not kept very
often but would be similar in their requirements as
to the Hartia genera in that they are not
the easiest species to keep as they will need clean,
oxygen rich water, a large tank and a strong current.
Diet: Dry foods, algae wafers, Spirulina
and normal tablet foods. Frozen foods, Artemia
nauplii, glass worms and Daphnia. Remarks:
Species redescribed by le Bail et al. (2000).
Oyapock, Sinnamary, and Marowijne River basins. Type
locality: French Guiana, creek at right bank
of Ouaqui River, upstream of Saut Bali, Maroni River
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