Impressive large-growing catfish, with banner-like dorsal fin and bold colour pattern. Ideal for community tanks containing larger species. Provide some hiding places. They are commonly found in the lakes of the Great Rift Valley, making it a great addition for Rift Lake Tanks. The breeding catfish lay their eggs in the spawning area of mouth brooding cichlids, where the cichlids pick up the catfish eggs and brood them in their mouths. As a result, this interesting catfish is sometimes called the “Cuckoo Cat”.
Synodontis catfish do well in a tank of 75L or larger. If keeping a community aquarium consider a larger aquarium.
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Synodontis catfish make great additions to Rift Lake Cichlid aquariums, and should be kept in groups of 4-5. This helps limit aggressive behavior. Avoid smaller fish it may eat, or large fish that may bully it.
Great tank mates include:
Synodontis catfish 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 catfish 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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Synodontis catfish are known to dig and uproot aquarium plants. This species can be housed in a plant free fish tank.
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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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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 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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