Maximum Standard Length
Aquarium SizeTop ↑
18″ x 12″ x 12″ (45x30x30cm) – 40 litres.
A dimly lit aquarium with a soft substrate and rocks, pieces of driftwood and twisted roots arranged to form hiding places suits this species. Lighting should be dim. Plants are appreciated but not essential.
Temperature: 75-81°F (24-27°C)
Hardness: 10-15 dH
Frozen, live and dried foods are all accepted.
Behaviour and CompatibilityTop ↑
M. polli can be combined with most peaceful species successfully. The most appropriate tankmates include African tetras, dwarf cichlids such as Pelvivachromis or Anomalochromis and small mormyrids. It should not be kept with aggressive or very vigorous fish as it is quite shy. It will not fight with conspecifics and can be kept in groups with no problems.
Mature females are rounder in the belly than males.
Unrecorded in aquaria.
There are a dozen described species of Microsynodontis but most are not seen in the hobby. This species is one of the commoner ones however. Microsynodontis are much smaller than Synodontis species, with M. batesii being the largest. They can be distinguished from Synos and the similar Mochokiella by the rounded or slightly forked caudal fin. The caudal fin is highly forked in the other genera. Interestingly in Microsynodontis the eyeball is fixed and cannot be moved unlike in Synodontis which has a moveable eye.
Care should be taken when acclimatising Microsynodontis as they are often quite delicate when first imported. This species sometimes seen for sale labelled incorrectly as Synodontis sp. “Nyong” or M. batesii. Unlike batesii it has no distinct barring on the body.