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
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.
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.
George & John Reclos, January 2000.