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Lamontichthys stibaros, a species of armored catfish, is native to Ecuador, specifically found in the Bobonaza River basin within the Andes. This particular species can reach a length of 24.2 centimeters (9.5 inches) in standard length (SL).
Temperature: Lamontichthys stibaros, like many catfish species, prefers tropical temperatures. Aim for a range of 72-78°F (22-26°C).
Minimum Tank Size: A tank size of at least 30 gallons is recommended for Lamontichthys stibaros. Providing sufficient space and appropriate hiding spots is essential.
Feeding Habits: Lamontichthys stibaros is likely an omnivorous species. In captivity, you can feed them a varied diet including high-quality sinking pellets, algae wafers, and occasional treats of live or frozen foods like bloodworms or brine shrimp.
Habitat Preference: Originating from the Bobonaza River basin in the Andes of Ecuador, Lamontichthys stibaros likely prefers an environment with moderate to fast water flow. Decorate the tank with rocks, driftwood, and live plants to mimic their natural habitat. They may appreciate caves or other hiding spots.
Water pH Level: Aim for a slightly acidic to neutral pH level, ranging from 6.5 to 7.5. It's important to replicate the water conditions found in their native environment.
Behavior: Catfish, including armored catfish like Lamontichthys stibaros, are generally peaceful. They are bottom-dwellers and may spend much of their time exploring the substrate for food. Provide a substrate that won't harm their delicate barbels.
Many catfish, including some in the Loricariidae family, are comfortable in groups. Keeping them in a small group is recommended. They may not form tight schools like some other species, but they often appreciate the company of their own kind.
Color and Other Details: Specific details about the coloration and markings of Lamontichthys stibaros may vary. In many armored catfish, coloration can be subtle, and they may have patterns that help them blend into their surroundings. As they mature, some catfish develop more prominent features.
Remember to regularly monitor water parameters, provide a well-balanced diet, and maintain good water quality to ensure the health and well-being of Lamontichthys stibaros. Additionally, it's always beneficial to consult with experienced aquarists or consult specialized resources for any updates or specific information about this particular species.
Species TypeWhiptail Catfish
Minimum Tank Size30 Gallons
Water pH LevelAcidic, Neutral
Habitat PreferenceRocky Tanks, Hiding Spots, Driftwood, Planted Tanks
BehaviourBottom-Dwelling, Community Fish
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