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Cuckoo Catfish Synodontis multipunctatus
Category: Catfish - Mochokidae
Price: £32.95 each
Discount: No discounts available
Stock: Temporarily out of stock
Further information can be found below:
|Male or Female||Cannot be sexed|
|Water conditions:||These fish are currently kept in water Ph 6.8 and Hard|
|Volume Discount:||No discounts available|
Synodontis multipunctatus (Cuckoo Catfish)
A very popular synodontis catfish with distinct and pretty colouration. Quite a common import which should make finding this fish in the shops relatively easy.
The Cuckoo catfish is covered with dark black blotches on a golden/white body. The tail, pectoral and dorsal fins are black with a white margin.
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. The aquarium decor should include plenty of rocks and hiding places. Most aquarists keep these fish with rift lake cichlids. In the wild they feed on a diet of snails, but in the aquarium they will thrive on a varied diet including specialist pellets, flake, frozen bloodworm and brineshrimp.
Sexing the fish is relatively easy, the males tend to have longer pectoral spines and are smaller than the female.
As the common name suggests the breeding behaviour of these catfish is unusual. They use mouthbrooding cichlids to bring up their young. They do this by entering the spawning area of their chosen hosts and drop their own eggs and at the same time eat some of the cichlid eggs. The cichlids are always mouthbrooders and if the cuckoo is successful their eggs and fry will be taken up and cared for by the foster parents.
Breeding in aquarium conditions has been reported and without the use of foster parents.
Further fish details are shown below:
|Distribution||East Africa, Lake Tanganyika|
|Water Parameters||Hard and Alkaline conditions are preferred.|