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Bulldog Plec Rubber-nose Plec Chaetostoma milesi
Category: Catfish - Loricariidae
Price: £14.95 each
Discount: No discounts available
Stock: 6 in stock
Care Level: Expert only
Water Chemistry: More than pH 7 - Alkaline
Schooling Fish: No
Further information can be found below:
|Male or Female||Cannot be sexed|
|Water conditions:||These fish are currently kept in water Ph 7.0 and Soft|
|Volume Discount:||No discounts available|
Chaetostoma milesi (Bulldog Plec, Rubber-nose Plec)
Medium-sized loricariid catfish distinguished by its very low body profile, flat belly, and broad mouth - adaptations for a life in fast-flowing hillstream environments.
There are several species of Chaetostoma, but they’re difficult to identify and the aquarium literature is hopelessly confused. Fortunately for the aquarist they all seem to have much the same requirements: cool, fast-flowing water in a tank with lots of rocks and other hiding places. In terms of size, the species traded in the hobby get to about 10 cm/4" or so in length.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
There are several species, but they’re difficult to identify and the aquarium literature is hopelessly confused. Fortunately for the aquarist they all seem to have much the same requirements: cool, fast-flowing water in a tank with lots of rocks and other hiding places. In terms of size, the species traded in the hobby get to about 10 cm/4" or so in length.
Chaetostoma species are not really algae-eaters though often sold as such. Wild fish graze on what biologists call aufwuchs; a layer of green algae that encrusts solid surfaces wherein can be found many small invertebrates including insect larvae. In aquaria they will eat frozen foods such as bloodworms as well as algae pellets and a certain amount of soft vegetable foods like tinned peas and thinly sliced courgette.
Peaceful but territorial towards their own kind. Best kept in a hillstream aquarium with midwater fish such as danios and barbs, plus dissimilar benthic fish unlikely to cause territorial disputes. Basically hardy when kept properly, but short-lived in regular tropical tanks.
No reports of breeding in aquaria.
Further fish details are shown below:
|Distribution||South America: Colombia, in hillstream environments|
|Water Parameters||Neutral to slightly basic, moderately hard water favoured; lots of water current and oxygen!|