Typically found upside down “resting” on the bottom side of driftwood or other cover, its ability to maneuver between objects with such delicacy is amazing.
Synonyms: Featherfin Synodontis
Common Names: Featherfin Catfish
Origin: Central Africa
Main Ecosystem: Rivers & Lakes
Temperment: Typically Shy and hiding but can be somewhat aggressive and territorial over time. This fish is often kept with cichlids due to its ability to defend itself.
Diet: Omnivore (Freeze dried blood worm, mysis shrimp, and sinking catfish pellets)
Care: An extremely hardy fish, but can be sensitive to nitrates. This fish will like to dig in the substrate looking for food and hiding, so sand or fine substrate is essential.
PH: 6.5 – 8.0
Temperature: 75-82 degrees
Potential size: 6-8 inches
Water Region: Bottom (under cover)
Lifespan: Likely 12-16 but up to 18
Color: Round bodied fish, grey with black lines as a juvenile which develops to black dots on a pale body as it ages.
Mouth: Large with 3 massive and intriguing barbels
Acclimation: Drip method to attain temperature and PH balance
Breeding: Not yet achieved in captivity
Comments: This fish is fascinating to watch. Typically found upside down “resting” on the bottom side of driftwood or other cover, its ability to maneuver between objects with such delicacy is amazing. As time goes by, it learns who will feed it and mine waits for me in the morning.
Last update: 2006-08-18 21:15