True Chameleon Loricaria (Pseudohemiodon apithanos)


This rare, large-growing Loricariid originates from the Caqueta basin in Colombia and its trubtaries in Northern Ecuador, although a similar looking species is imported from Peru and often misidentified as P. apithanos. The Chameleon Loricaria is typically found in shallow, fast-moving stretches of river, 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.


True Chameleon Loricaria (Pseudohemiodon apithanos)

Origin: Wild Colombia
Locale: Rio Caqueta
Diet: Algae grazer and scavenger, accepts a variety of frozen and prepared foods
Adult Size: 7″
Recommended Tank Size: 50 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:                     78-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm

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