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Synodontis petricola

Dwarf Lake Synodontis, False Cuckoo Synodontis

March 13th, 2012 — 1:19pm

One of our favourite Synos and highly recommended for any Tanganyikan community aquarium. The dwarf form can even be kept in a South American community.

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Synodontis schoutedeni

Vermiculated Synodontis

March 13th, 2012 — 1:19pm

In our opinion, this is one of the most attractively marked Synos commonly available in the hobby. The colour and patterning can vary considerably and the vermiculated pattern seems to intensify with age in well kept fish. When taken into consideration with its moderate adult size, this is an ideal beginners's Syno. One point worth noting is that this species seems very susceptible to bloating. While the cause of this is unknown, we suggest that feeding of dried foods be kept to a minimum.

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Synodontis ocellifer

Ocellated Synodontis

March 13th, 2012 — 1:19pm

S. ocellifer is often confused with other similar species of Synodontis but can be distinguished by the length of thewhich in this species is very long and runs from just past the base of the to just before the caudal fin.

In recent years many alarming hybrids of this species have been appearing on the market and these should be avoided in our opinion. Besides being attractively marked this is one of the hardiest Synos available and is a good choice for the beginner….

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Synodontis pleurops

Big Eyed Synodontis

March 13th, 2012 — 1:19pm

S. pleurops is a very nocturnal species and unless the light in the aquarium is dim will rarely be seen. It is also very distinctive and is hard to confuse with other species. It has very large eyes and a downturned mouth, denoting its algae grazing habits. It will rarely venture into open water in the aquarium, preferring to hug the surface of pieces of driftwood, rocks and broad plant leaves. The colouration and patterning can vary considerably depending on type locality….

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Synodontis multipunctata

Cuckoo Synodontis

March 13th, 2012 — 1:19pm

The reason we have recommended the use of non-Tanganyikan cichlid hosts above is because a successful captive spawning using Tanganyikan cichlid species has never been recorded! This may be due to an evolutionary process that has been observed in the lake, in which many cichlid species appear to have learned to avoid S. multipunctata when breeding. This is similar to the rejection of alien eggs by the host species in brood-parasatising birds. Because no species of brood parasatising catfish occu…

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Synodontis njassae

Lake Malawi Synodontis

March 13th, 2012 — 1:19pm

This is the only species of Synodontis found in Lake Malawi. There exists both large and small-spotted morphs, both of which are available in the trade.

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Synodontis polli

Poll's Synodontis

March 13th, 2012 — 1:19pm

This species is superficially similar to S. petricola but the spots on its body are larger than in petricola and it has a longer head. It is rarely seen in the trade, though can occasionally be found mis-identified as S. angelicus, S. petricola or Synodontis sp…..

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Synodontis notata

One-spot Synodontis

March 13th, 2012 — 1:19pm

Also known as the Domino Synodontis or the One-spot Squeaker, several regional variants of S. notata are known, some of which have 3, 6 or 12 spots and others none at all. Some of these are seen for sale under the invalid name S. ocellata. It is also often imported with similar species such as S. nummifer or S.congica. These are usually then all sold as notata.

S. notata is more active during the day than many Syno species and therefore makes a good addition to aquariums with more boisterous…

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Synodontis acanthomias

Black-spotted Synodontis

March 13th, 2012 — 1:19pm

This is one of the species of Synodontis seen less frequently in the trade and it ranks alongside S. schall as one of the more aggressive members of the genus. It is very hardy however and makes a good tankmate for large aggressive cichlid species.

One unique characteristic of S. acanthomias is that the humeral process (the bony extension just above the pectoral fins) is long and tapered with a curved end….

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Synodontis alberti

High-fin Synodontis

March 13th, 2012 — 1:19pm

S. alberti possesses an incredible set of barbels that are the longest of any Synodontis. It is also very hardy and adaptable and is therefore an ideal beginner's Syno. It has very large eyes exemplifying its nocturnal nature and also prefers cooler conditions to other members of the genus.

This fish has a few common names including Bigeye Squeaker and Albert's Synodontis, though it is usually referred to as the High-fin Synodontis….

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