Bulldog Catfish Tropical Fish Information

Chaetostoma sp.
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.
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Bulldog Catfish (Chaetostoma sp.)

Bulldog Catfish Tropical Fish Learn all about the Bulldog Catfish's feeding habits and food types, its behaviour, its origins, its natural habitats, is it male or female, breeding advice and information, suitable tank mates, its sizing and growth range, minimum tank size, water PH and more. Use our fish community creator tool to plan your tank set up and ensure that the Bulldog Catfish is the right fish for your aquarium.

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.

Bulldog Catfish Facts

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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Please do check your water type for compatibility with your fish, which can be found on the Bulldog Catfish information box above and your local water company providers website. Don't waste your money and endanger your fish!
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