Belongs to the Family Mochocidae (Naked Catfishes). A beautiful active catfish that fits nicely in any African cichlid tank. Quite active during the day (for a basically nocturnal fish), will always come out during feeding time to search for food remains. Should be kept in a tank with very fine gravel (sand highly recommended). Will be chased by cichlids when still young but very quickly will find its own place. As it grows bigger in size it will even start to keep its own and resist harassing.
Quite delicate as a catfish should not be kept with other Synodontis species especially considerably bigger individuals. It is a pleasure to watch during its search for food. You should provide it a few caves or other hiding spots to allow it to choose the one that fits it. Will not interfere with spawning cichlids. Since cichlids produce a lot of small food particles when eating you shouldn't feed the Synodontis very often. Adding some catfish sinking pellets once every week (at least 2 hours after the lamps are turned off) is usually enough. Unlike Synodontis decorus, this fish is very ofter seen during the day.
Minimum tank size : 150 cm. If a second individual is to be kept a 200 cm tank should be used and some hiding places provided for the day. Plain sand recommended for gravel.
Photos: George & John Reclos, January 2000.