Synodontis eupterus
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Synodontis eupterus

Common Names: Featherfin Catfish
Featherfin Synodontis
Sqeaker Catfish
Sqeaker synodontis
Family: Mochokidae
Category: Catfish_Bottom_Feeders
Distribution: Africa; White Nile River, Africa.
Main Ecosystem: River; River
Temperament: Peaceful; Peaceful fish that may be kept in communities and in groups. This fish will establish territories however and is very defensive of them. Plenty of overhanging rocks and driftwood are required to ensure that no territory disputes occur.
Diet: Ominvore; Ominvore
Care: This fish will readily accept insects, larvae and algae. It will also accept algae wafers, sinking pellets (carnivore, catfish, shrimp, etc..), spirulina flakes and blood worms. This is a very hardy catfish with very few requirements other than sufficient hiding places and a heater guard as this fish is very easily scared.
6 - 7.5
22°C - 26°C
72°F - 79°F
12 dH - 15 dH
Potential Size: Male: 22cm (8.7")
Female: 22cm (8.7")
Water Region: Bottom; Bottom
Activity: Nocturnal; Nocturnal
Gender: To determine the gender of the fish first lay the fish in your hand with its head toward your palm and the tail toward your fingers. Hold the dorsal spine between your middle and ring finger so the fish is stomach up. The genital pore is in a small furrow of tissue and will be obstructed by the pelvic fins. Pull down on the tail gently to arch the fishes spine and the pelvic fins will stand and the furrow open to display the genital pore and the anus of the fish. The male has a somewhat ridged g
Breeding: Egglayers, however breeding in the home aquarium is undocumented.
Comments: Juvenile colouration is quite different from that of the adult, with the juvenile possessing vivid stripes. The change begins when the fish reach about 1.5" when the fish begins to lose its stripes. These are replaced with a duller spotted colouration of the fish.
Although this fish is primarily nocturnal it will, once established in a tank forage at any time of the day.
Main Colours: Grey, Black
Markings: Spots Small
Mouth: Downturned
Tail: Forked
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