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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 angelica

Polka Dot Synodontis

March 13th, 2012 — 1:19pm

A very nocturnal species that will be seen only infrequently during daylight hours. S. angelicus is very long-lived and can survive for over 20 years if maintained correctly.
S. angelica was much sought after when first imported and commanded a correspondingly large price. They are still relatively expensive, though prices have dropped considerably. It is quite a rare species in its native waters.

The patterning and colour varies cosiderably, depending on type locality. Some specimens have w…

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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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Synodontis albolineata

Mustard Synodontis

March 13th, 2012 — 1:19pm

Also known as the Mustard Squeaker, this species is imported infrequently, though it sometimes shows up in mixed boxes of Synodontis from exporters. An ideal Syno for the general community due to its small adult size.

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Synodontis decora

Clown Synodontis

March 13th, 2012 — 1:19pm

Also known as both the Clown Squeaker and Decorated Synodontis, the first ray of theis greatly extended in this species. It is one of the more secretive, nocturnal Synos and if you wish to observe it regularly we recommend the addition of a 'moon' light or a red bulb timed to come on for a couple of hours after the main tank lights go off. If some food is added to the tank under these lighting conditions it should emerge to feed.

This is one of only 3 members of the genus to exhibit…

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Synodontis flavitaeniata

Pyjama Synodontis

March 13th, 2012 — 1:19pm

Also known as the Orange Striped Squeaker, in our opinion this fish is one of the most attractively patterned Synos. S. flavitaeniata can vary considerably in patterning and colouration but is difficult to misidentify.

This fish is more sensitive to deteriorating water quality than many Syno species so aquarium maintenance must be rigorous. When it was first imported 25 or so years ago it commanded an extortionate price but thankfully is affordable today.

Its flexibility with regards to w…

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Synodontis euptera

Featherfin Synodontis

March 13th, 2012 — 1:19pm

One of the most popular and commonly seen Synos in the hobby, S. eupterus is usually offered for sale as a small (1-3") juvenile with no information regarding its potential size. These young fish are often sold as Synodontis "Network" due to their attractive reticulated patterning. This patterning breaks up as the fish mature and adult specimens have a simple spotted colouration. The characteristic 'feathered' dorsal also develops with age, with the first few rays develo…

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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 brichardi

Brichard's Synodontis

March 13th, 2012 — 1:19pm

An unusual and highly adapted species, S. brichardi is one of our favourite Synos and really deserves to be kept in a biotope aquarium to be appreciated at its best. Here, it will be seen moving in and out of areas of high and low current and rasping at algae attached to rocks as in nature. It is much more diurnal than many Synodontis species, if maintained correctly. The colours of this fish intensify with age….

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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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