Bulldog pleco - Chaetostoma milesi
Scientific name: Chaetostoma milesi
Common name: Bulldog pleco
Usual size in fish tanks: 10 - 13 cm (3.94 - 5.12 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6 - 8
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 5 - 19°N (89.29 - 339.29ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 23 - 25 °C (73.4 - 77°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: South America
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful
Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels
Food and feeding
Feed Bulldog pleco’s algae wafers, and include in their diet vegetable matter like cucumber, romaine lettuce and zucchini. They will accept a weekly treat of bloodworms.
South America; Bulldog pleco’s are mainly to be found in the Magdalena Basin, Colombia.
Males will have a larger head but a slimmer profile than the females. Their pelvic fins will also be slightly larger.
As of yet there are no reported cases of Chaetostoma milesi breeding in the aquarium. It is believed that this is due to requiring a lot of flowing water.
Expected life span for Bulldog pleco is 12 years.
This pleco can be a very timid fish, when the lights are out it will turn into a very effective tank cleaner, eating all the algae that it comes across. It is a very peaceful species, there should be no problem introducing this fish into a community aquarium, but it will require hiding places for the daytime.