Featherfin Synodontis Catfish

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Synodontis eupterus - Boulenger, 1901
Featherfin Synodontis Catfish

Nicely patterned with exaggerated finnage, this is a larger member of its genus. Aaron Norman


An attractive, good community fish that puts on a continuous show when kept in groups. Note its mature length, making it a better choice for communities of larger fishes. Synodontis catfishes are known as "squeakers" by local African peoples for the sounds they make when taken from the water.

Family: Mochokidae

Other common name(s):

  • Featherfin Squeaker

Native range:

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

Maximum length: 25 cm (10 in)

Minimum aquarium size: 114 L (30 gal)

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

General swimming level: Bottom.


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

Synodontis catfishes are perfect tankmates for African Rift Lake Cichlids, as well as larger tetras and other characins.


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.


Generally peaceful. Keep in groups of at least three.

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