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  • #303668

    Dana
    Participant

    Hello all together!

    Last week, after we returned from holyday, I discovered some cute Synodontis offspring in my 240 l catfish tank. That was a really nice surprise!

    I purchased my S. petricola dwarf group as juveniles of about 2,5-3 cm 5 years ago (I´m not 100% sure if they are S. petricola or S. lucipinnis, but this doesn´t bother me for the moment).

    Since that time I housed them in a well planted 240 l tank instead of a Tanganyika-tank. Water conditions: PH 7-7,4, KH 7-10, Temp. 24-26° C.  Several chunks of wood combined with stones, caves of different sizes and 5-6 different Anubias build a shadowed labyrinth in 2/3 of the tank. 2-3 month ago I improved the scaping and added also some gravel in the backside.

    The Synodontis seem to enjoy this kind of scaping, are active almost all day long and I can see them often. Still it´s very very difficult to take pictures of them.

    They spawn regularly, even at 24° C and their courtship easily attracts attention.

    Actual stocking:

    5 (3,2) Synodontis petricola
    2 (?,?) Microsynodontis sp Nigeria
    2 (1,1) Synodontis xx, probably hybrids
    1 (1,0) Ancistrus dolichopterus
    7 (?,?) Hyalobagrus ornatus
    2 (?,?) Pareutropius buffei 
    5 (2,3) Petruichthys Rosy
    5-6 Betta splendens
    lots of shrimps (Neocaridina heteropoda) and snails

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     Dana

    #354724

    Matt
    Keymaster

    They are very cute, and your tank is lovely Dana. :)

    Would you mind if we appropriated one or two pics for the species profile?

    #354727

    Dana
    Participant

    Thank you, Matt. :-)

    You can use any of my pics anytime.
    I´ll try to make some better pics of the Synodontis next days, but can not promis that I will succeed, as I´m not a patient photographer and Synodontis are difficult models

    Here are some more pics of the catfishes living in the same tank.

    Synodontis petricola male

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    Microsynodontis sp. nigeria (I bought a group of 5 about 6 years ago. Unfortunately 3 of 5 died in the last 4 month and I have no idea why.)

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    Synodontis uncertaint hybrid

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    Hyalobagrus ornatus

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    #354763

    Dana
    Participant

    Last week I made a video of the young Synodontis

    https://youtu.be/Y_jqUf8oT9E

    and some new pics

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    I`m not sure if all my Petruichthys females are P. rosy. One of them has a different pattern. However, they behave as a group. A few P. rosy offsprings grow in a breeding tank and will join the group soon.  

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     B. splendens

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    Dana

    #354797

    Matt
    Keymaster

    @dana said:
    Thank you, Matt. :-)
    You can use any of my pics anytime.
      

    That is brilliant, thanks! I will try to get some of them uploaded this week – am just back from a two week holiday so lots to catch up with.

    Do you have any idea how many of the young Synodontis have survived until now?

    #354836

    Dana
    Participant

    Hi Matt,

    hope you had beautiful holidays.

    It´s not easy to count the juveniles, but there should be at least 5 of them, probably from 2 different breedings. 2 of them are a little bit smaller, I see them often together and only in the right side of the tank. The bigger juveniles inhabit the middle and left side of the tank. It sounds strange, but it looks like they have clear delimited territories. However, I have never seen the “bigger” in the right side, nor the “smaller” in the middle or left tank side.
    Anyhow, they grow incredible fast. Their TL is about 4 cm and they also changed their pattern, looking more like adult Synodontis now.  This means I will have to catch them and
    give them away quite soon. That will be a real challenge. If I can not get them with a trap, I have no idea how to do it.

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    Best regards,

    Dana

    #354855

    Dana
    Participant

    I wonder again and again, how fast S. petricola juveniles grow. Here some pics taken last week:

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    While trying to count them, I found out that I still have 3 Microsynodontis sp nigeria. I´m 100% sure that I bought 5 of them, 3 died off this year and I still have at least 3??? Hm.
    Besides I´m almost sure there are more then 5 young S. petricola.

    Last week I added 7 P. rosy juveniles from a small breeding tank (there were totaly 13). They needed less than 1 hour to accommodate and it´s funny to see them swim fearless all over the tank, 

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    while their parents are busy with courtship 🙂

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     One more pic of a Hyalobagrus

     

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    #354891

    Matt
    Keymaster

    Great new pics, Dana. 🙂

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