All FishesLoricariidaeLoricariinaeLamontichthys

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Scientific NameLamontichthys filamentosus  (La Monte, 1935)
Common NamesKite Pleco
Dragesugemalle (Denmark), Filament Stoerwels (Germany)
Type LocalityNear Envira, near mouth of Rio Embira, tributary of River Tarauaca, itself a tributary to Rio Jurua, Amazonas, Brazil.
Synonym(s)Harttia filamentissima, Harttia filamentosa
Pronunciationlamb ont ICK thiss - fill ah men toe suss
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Size 167mm or 6.6" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.
IdentificationIn all species of Lamontichthys, there is one pectoral fin spine and seven pectoral fin rays on each fin, as opposed to the rest of Loricariinae species which have one pectoral fin spine and only six pectoral fin rays.

Even in quite rough shipping this species holds on to its characteristic trailing dorsal, pectoral and caudal fin filaments which set this species apart from congeners. Is reported to have a semi circular (versus semi-oval in at least S. stibaros) lower lip, but as this feature can be sexually dimorphic in many loricariinae, doubt must be cast over the reliability of this characteristic.
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DistributionWestern Amazon Basin, most aquarium specimens are exported out of Iquitos, Peru.
Amazon, Upper Amazon (click on these areas to find other species found there)
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pH6.0 - 7.6
Temperature22.0-24.0°C or 71.6-75.2°F (Show species within this range)
Other ParametersStrong current is enjoyed despite the fishes somewhat fragile appearance.
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FeedingOften this species fades away after a few months of captivity and this is down to feeding habits. It requires fast, oxygenated water but will only eat from flat surfaces. Algae is ''processed'' for the tiny microorganisms within and this is very hard to replicate in the aquarium. Success lies in weaning this fish onto prepared foods and this can be achieved by experimenting with water flow and tank decoration to create areas of strong current and quieter feeding areas.
FurnitureLots of long sweeping pieces of driftwood, broad flat stones and (especially for younger fish) long flat leaved plants such as Vallisneria.
CompatibilityPeaceful and reasonably well mannered with conspecifics.
BreedingEvers and Seidel report a captive spawning by Dani Madörin of the Zoo Aquarium, Basel, Switzerland.

A short summary; breeding tank was 280l filtered at 4000l/h. The current of the pump was directed to the back of the tank. Here the fish secretively spawned (on the glass) hardly visible behind stones and wood.

The spawning group consisted of 5 fish, 4 full size and 1 smaller (12cm) individual that turned out to be the male that spawned.

Two weeks before spawning, water changes were made every second day, at which conductivity dropped. Water values at the time of spawning: 27°C, conductivity 50µs/cm, pH 7.3

Around 45 - 50 eggs were laid that ranged in size from 3.7 to 3.9mm. These hatched after 8 days producing 12mm long fry 12mm (+1mm filament).>BR>
Eggs and fry bigger than Sturisoma fry with extremly round heads .

Unfortunately the youngsters died some weeks after due to an inadvertant oversight on the part of the aquarist.
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ReferencesAmerican Museum Novitates No. 784, pp5, Fig. 4.
Evers, H. G. & Seidel, I. 2002
Wels Atlas Band 1 Mergus Verlag, Melle 860 S.
Registered KeepersNone.
Breeding ReportsNone.
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Last Update2018 Jul 18 06:06 (species record created: 2001 Apr 21 00:00)