Thomas' Chaetostoma (Chaetostoma thomsoni)

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Thomas' Chaetostoma

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Thomas' Chaetostoma

Chaetostoma thomsoni

Moderate

sg

Freshwater

pH

7.2 - 7.5

[[Minimum temperature::23 °TEMPLATE:UNITS-TEMP| ]] [[Maximum temperature::28 °TEMPLATE:UNITS-TEMP| ]]

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Herbivore
Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Other (See article)

5-8 years

Family

Loricariidae



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Additional names

Thomas' Chaetostoma

Additional scientific names

Chaetostomus thomsoni


Origin

South America: Magdalena River basin in Colombia.

Sexing

Male has larger pelvic fins, broader/larger head and slimmer sides.

Tank compatibility

Peaceful, but can be territorial towards other Plecos. Small fish and fry can be viewed as dinner, keep with mid-swimming fast fish such as larger Tetras.

Diet

Omnivore, they eat algae, but will readily accept sinking pellets, vegetables and live/frozen food.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

Requires highly oxygenated water. Likes a fine sand substrate with smooth large rocks, some hiding places are beneficial also.

Behaviour

A generally peaceful Pleco towards tank mates, may be territorial towards other Plecos however.

Identification

The name C. thomsoni has been misapplied in the hobby for years. It is commonly used in the hobby for a small grey Colombian Chaetostoma with dark edging to its scutes and dark spots on the head and rostrum. There has been a description of a fish with no dark markings. In fact C. thomsoni may in fact belong to the genus Lasiancistrus and not be a Chaetostoma at all.

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