Congicus Synodontis Catfish

From Microcosm Aquarium Explorer

Jump to: navigation , search
Synodontis congicus - Poll, 1971
Congicus Synodontis Catfish

Interesting African catfish with a good community personality. Aaron Norman

Overview

Much loved among catfish enthusiasts, this is a peaceful species that puts on a continuous show when kept in groups. Synodontis catfishes are perfect tankmates for African Rift Lake Cichlids, as well as larger tetras and other characins.

Family: Mochokidae

Other common name(s):

Native range:

Habitat: Provide lots of "caves" (convoluted pieces of driftwood, piles of rocks with spaces throughout, inverted flowerpots, large PVC pipes), and include fine-grade rounded gravel substrate. Plants are optional.

Maximum length: 20 cm (8 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 114 L (30 gal)

Water: Freshwater 22 °C (72 °F) - 26 °C (79 °F)

General swimming level: Bottom.

Feeding

Carnivore. In the wild, often feed heavily on snails and will do the same in the aquarium. Accept a wide range of aquarium fare, including tablet and pellet foods, and a wide variety of flakes. In addition, live and frozen foods, such as brine shrimp and bloodworms, are appreciated. Feed in the morning and at lights-out time at night.

Aquarium Compatibility

Generally peaceful. Keep in groups of at least three.

Breeding/Propagation

Synodontis breeding events in aquaria are not common, but if properly conditioned (daily feedings of live black worms and Spirulina flakes have been used) and provided a flowerpot spawning cave, they may reward the aquarist with fertile eggs.

Reference: 101 Best Tropical Fishes
Image credit: AN
Text credit: KW