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Scientific NameChaetostoma sp. (L445)   
Common NamesL445, Spotted Bulldog Pleco
Black Spotted Bulldog Pleco, Spotted Rubbernose Pleco, Villavicencio I
Type LocalityHonda, Colombia
PronunciationKATE oh STOW mah
EtymologyGreek, chaite = hair + Greek, stoma = mouth. 
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Size 120mm or 4.7" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationThe genus Chaetostoma is not straightforward to identify, but as a general rule, the species has spines behind the gill-cover (interopercular odontodes), no plates on the abdomen, and aside from C. platyrhynchus also lack plates on the snout edge. Different from Ancistrus by not having fleshy tentacles on the snout.

This fish pictured here is shown in Aqualog as the "unofficial" l-number L187a and is totally different from the white speckled L187. As this is a frequent import, eventually the species was assigned an official number. Often labelled incorrectly as C. milesi.
SexingThe males have a somewhat larger and broader head, slimmer ventral sides and disproportionately large pelvic fins. Perhaps the over-sized pelvic fins play a large role in the fertilization of the eggs. By inverting these over the clutch of eggs, they prevent the sperm cells being carried away too fast in the current.
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DistributionCollected from tributaties of the Rio meta, in the area around Villavicencio, Colombia.
Orinoco, Middle Orinoco, Meta, Upper Meta (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH6.8 - 7.8
Temperature20.0-23.0°C or 68-73.4°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersHas more stringent demands on water quality than many plecos and requires highly oxygenated water. Medium hard water is also beneficial.
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FeedingOmnivore. Will eat algae and small live or frozen food. Some individuals can be weaned onto pellet food although this usually takes some effort and trial and error on the part of the aquarist.
FurnitureWorn smooth rounded or slightly flat fist sized rocks on a fine sand substrate.
CompatibilityA peaceful fish which can sometimes be a little territorial with its own species.
Suggested TankmatesCertain fast water fish would fit in with the requirements of this fish. Many of the other fast water Loricariids can be kept with this fish. Often found in the wild with smaller pike cichlid species and fast water silvery characins.
BreedingNot reported in the aquarium although other species of Chaetostoma have reproduced in captivity.
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Registered Keepers(1) xingumike, (2) Tulio, (3) mikelouth, (4) Chrysichthys, (5) Barracuda518, (6) mzavori, (7) Armadillo Del Rio, (8) HylaChristine (p: 6), (9) Matien (k: 5), (10) Belial, who also notes: "mine is better than tom's", (11) Hammerhead, (12) Terrorblade90 (k: 2), who also notes: "This species isn't like aggressive like we usually think;it's more aggressive a Peckoltia sp. L38", (13) Bahney, (14) angelsmiley2, (15) norfolkgarden, who also notes: "Ate well. Died in a "just one more fish" disaster. Was cranky with assorted pleco's of all sizes. Even more so at feeding time.", (16) LUISGOREY, (17) ashik, (18) DutchFry, (19) Ill, (20) miravns (k: 3), (21) DrunkenPanda, (22) JDogg, (23) Bartman, (24) stratofish (p: 3), (25) TE72, (26) Arimus, (27) Segelkaerpfling (k: 2), (28) sunfish, (29) Camaroahopp, (30) DiHo (k: 7), (31) jiapei, (32) wonderdognc, (33) jha61 (p: 2), (34) b.price, (35) ayrtoninst (k: 6), (36) chrisinha, (37) LowClassCC, (38) Tigerlily08, (39) barneybulldog, (40) Ullopincrate (k: 2), (41) dpk2313, (42) bronzefry (k: 5), who also notes: "One male loves to suck on the open-type powerhead for hours on end. Another loves to swing on the heater in the powerhead current. Wheee!!!", (43) chubbikins, (44) Myric, (45) joefish72, (46) robb harriston, (47) Brisch, (48) bslindgren (k: 2), who also notes: "I got these when replacing my other Chaetostoma. A bit unsure about ID, but they are extremely visible at most times, and among my favorite catfish.", (49) jimlaroche83 (k: 2), (50) Anthonyck, (51) firefish11, (52) Ecrevince, (53) Sam (k: 2), (54) BioPod, (55) linden09, (56) Martin S, (57) PlecoCrazy (k: 2), (58) nurglespuss, (59) Mata Negra, (60) jeff.l, (61) Decker504, (62) N0body Of The Goat (k: 2), who also notes: "Noticeable growth spurt during 2015 (after 3 years)", (63) GouldyUK, (64) browny85, (65) francistrus, (66) Deb (k: 2), who also notes: "These two fought with each other in an acclimation tub. Their main weapon is vigorous rasping!", (67) Syno Rey, (68) rcjkirk, (69) technogeek, who also notes: "Very skittish fish but comes out often looking for food. Eats algae wafers, shrimp pellets, seaweed pellets, and veggies", (70) Gertbl (p: 2, k: 9), (71) SuzukaS2k, (72) ali_uk_1, (73) Sarajute, (74) msheresy, (75) Colin Keightley, (76) jopbgon, (77) nmatt (p: 2), who also notes: "Well had this little fella for almost 5 years now and he has gone from being a very shy skittish fish who hardly made an appearance to the king of the tank. He lives in cave as is fiercely territorial especially at feeding times. He comes out for a forage at all times and not at all shy but does become skittish to sudden movements. A great little fish with bundles of personality and little quirks. I found him laying on his back in his cave once and thought he had died but not so he just likes to chill laying on his back.", (78) Bantarioo (k: 2), (79) Tonka, (80) MrsJP, (81) colincook (k: 9), (82) LostYeti (k: 4), (83) Taz, (84) dmcat, (85) lightseeker5000, (86) jodilynn, (87) Mountain (k: 3), (88) Dalek Tzet, (89) FreshwaterQWERTY, (90) Allen Repashy, (91) Stroudygirl, (92) cowturtle, (93) chaetolollo (k: 3), (94) Beckie, (95) Yo-han, (96) slayer5590, (97) los66 (k: 6), who also notes: "Selected from over head view of head and body shape of several individuals as to sex.", (98) fishiephil, (99) pictuswhiptail, (100) diy-aquarium-dk, (101) BnIsaac, (102) Kd67, (103) JoWhiteFox, (104) Mistyotis.

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Breeding ReportsNone.
Article - CotM 2002 February
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