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Synodontis petricola

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This is a pretty catfish form Lake Tanganyika. They are one of the smaller Synodontis species reaching a maximum size of around 13cm, but usually smaller at around 10cm. Synodontis catfish do not have scales or bony plates. Their dorsal and pectoral fins have spines.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Should be kept with fish of a similar size. Most synodontis have the capacity to bully other fish. However, kept with fish of a similar size they are more likely to be relatively peaceful.

In their natural habitat, Synodontis petricola will usually spawn using mouthbrooding cichlids to carry their eggs. In aquarium conditions this is not necessary and you can convince them to spawn by providing them with a cave in which they will spawn. A good trick to prevent the eggs being eaten is to put a course substrate or marbles in the cave so that the eggs cannot be eaten by the parents. To condition the fish feed them on a varied diet such as frozen bloodworm and brine shrimp. If you are lucky enough to get the fish to spawn, remove the eggs and place them in a separate tank where they should hatch in around 48 hours. As soon as they are free swimming they can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp and other suitable fry foods

Family Group: Catfish
Distribution East Africa, Lake Tanganyika
Temperature 22-25C
Size Around 13cm
Water Parameters Should adapt to most water conditions
Water PH 7.0-8.5