This beautiful catfish comes from Venezuela. Lamontichthys are very sensitive and need extremely clean water. Another problem is that they often refuse food. This is obviously a problem due to the shyness of the fish. Even relatively small disturbances let them stop feeding for hours. This is the reason why Lamontichthys are kept best in single-species tanks.
Here even breeding can be successful. Roughly speaking breeding behaviour is similar to that of the closely related genus Sturisoma. Interestingly in our importation are two phenotypes: some fish have very long dorsal fins, others have rather short ones. It is unknown to us if this is a sexual dimorphism or if we obtained a mixed shipment of two species which look identically with the exception of the length of the fins. We still have to learn a lot about these facinating creatures! By the way: Lamontichthys llanero reaches about 15 cm in length (without the caudal filaments which sometimes are even longer than the body).
For our customers: the fish have code 264855 on our stocklist. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
Lexicon: Lamontichthys: dedication name (ichthys is ancient Greek and means “fish”) for Francesca La Monte. llanero: after the Llanos in Venezuela where the species occurs.
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer
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|Verfügbare Größe in cm||10-15|