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Impressive large-growing catfish, with banner-like dorsal fin and bold colour pattern. Ideal for community tanks containing larger species. Provide some hiding places. Synodontis catfishes are members of the Mochicidae family, the group are commonly called Naked Catfish due to their lack of scalesand scutes. It is a great addition to a large community aquarium. 

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Features of Synodontis Decorus Catfish:

  • Flat bellies and a shark-like silhouette
  • Grey to brown body with large spots
  • Two pairs of fleshy barbels from the mouth
  • Lacks scales
  • Care level: Easy
  • Grows to 30cm


The Best Aquarium Size for Synodontis Catfish:

Synodontis Decorus catfish do well in a tank of 180L or larger. If keeping a community aquarium consider a larger aquarium. 

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

Synodontis Decorus make great additions to Rift Lake Cichlid aquariums. Avoid smaller fish it may eat, or large fish that may bully it.

Great tank mates include:


Synodontis Decorus are omnivores and are not fussy eaters. They spend most of their time searching for food on the aquarium floor and will eat anything it finds. Feed a daily diet of sinking pellets and catfish wafers. Their diet can be supplemented with live, frozen or freeze dried bloodworms, blackworms, and brine shrimp. 

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Synodontis Decorus Catfish Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration for Synodontis Decorus

Synodontis Decorus enjoy clean, well oxygenated water. Ensure your filter has an adequate flow rate for your aquarium size to effective remove waste and debris while offering good movement. For extra oxygenation, add an air pump.

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Plants for Synodontis Decorus

Synodontis Decorus are known to dig and uproot aquarium plants. This species can be housed in a plant free fish tank. If keeping plants, use floating plants that provide shade.

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Decorations for Synodontis Decorus

Driftwood is excellent for Synodontis catfish as this provides lots of structure for the fish to hide in. Other decorations include caves and ornaments the fish can swim and hide in. Stack rocks and create the perfect hideaways. 

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Aquarium Lighting for Synodontis Decorus

These fish enjoy lower light levels with lots of shade and dark spaces to hide. Dimmable LED lighting offers the ability to change to moonlight modes and encourage more activity. 

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Aquarium Substrate for Synodontis Decorus

Aquarium sand is perfect for this species. As it is a bottom dweller it will spend its time on the aquarium floor searching through the substrate for food.

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