Bulldog Catfish
Behaviour Peaceful bottom dweller
Typical size 8cm
Max size 10cm
Tank Area Bottom
Min Tank Size 75cm
Temp Min: 19℃ Max: 25℃
Feeding Algae tablets or wafers, sinking foods, vegetable foods
pH Range 6-7.5
Hardness vs,s,m,h
Bulldog Catfish Chaetostoma sp.
  • Bulldog Catfish Chaetostoma sp. - thumbnail
  • Bulldog Catfish Chaetostoma sp. - thumbnail

Bulldog Catfish

Chaetostoma sp.

There are over 40 species of Chaetostoma and classification is not easy. Most species offered for sale will grow to 10cm, although a few species can reach nearer 20cm, which should be considered in case a larger species is purchased unintentionally. The fish pictured is likely to be 'L146' or C. thomasi. The fish come from clear, well oxygenated high altitude streams. In the aquarium this means they prefer slightly cooler water and strong filtration and aeration. These are peaceful fish, although some may show occasional territorial behaviour towards others of the same family. Provide hiding spots in caves or under rocks or wood and feed on sinking foods including vegetable matter and a small amount of meatier foods.

Family Loricariidae (Armoured catfishes) | Other names Spotted Bulldog Catfish | Origin South America, poss Columbia | Natural Habitat Mountain streams and creeks | Sexing Males often have a broader head

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