Tiger Face Loricaria (Pseudohemiodon sp. ‘tigre’)


The Tiger Face Loricaria is a smaller growing member of its genus known from the middle Amazon and its tributaries around Iquitos, Peru. This still undescribed species has a unique pattern of intricate black markings on its face and extending into the body. Like most Pseudohemiodon, the Tiger Face Loricaria is typically found in shallow, sandy stretches of river with moderate to strong current, often in groups. In the aquarium, they prefer moderate to high water movement and large open areas of sand substrate. In the wild, they graze on biofilm, algae, small crustaceans and insect larvae and should be fed a varied diet with plenty of proteins such as Repashy Bottom Scratcher or Igapo Explorer gel diet or Fluval Bug Bites pleco formula. They can be territorial with each other so provide plenty of space for each individual fish.



Tiger Face Loricaria (Pseudohemiodon sp. ‘tigre’)

Origin: Wild Peru
Locale: Rio Amazonas outside Iquitos
Diet: Algae grazer and scavenger, accepts a variety of frozen and prepared foods
Adult Size: 5.5″
Recommended Tank Size: 40 gallons
Compatibility: Peaceful, but can be territorial with conspecifics. Tankmates should be chosen carefully so they do not outcompete these somewhat slow moving bottom feeders.

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.5 – 7.5
Temp:                     76-80F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm