Synodontis multipunctatus
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Synodontis multipunctatus

Common Names: Cuckoo Catfish
Family: Mochokidae
Category: Catfish_Bottom_Feeders
Distribution: Africa; Lake Tanganyika, Africa.
Main Ecosystem: Rift Lake; Rift Lake
Temperament: Peaceful; Peaceful, very active. Adults may quarrel at times but if kept in a large enough tank both will become solitary.
Diet: Ominvore; Ominvore
Care: Feed sinking pellets and brine shrimp. Caves and hiding places among rocks and slate are recommended. Water must have a high carbonate hardness as for rift lake cichlids. Cuckoo Catfish like some water movement. Sensitive to nitrates.
8 - 9
21°C - 28°C
70°F - 82°F
9 dH - 19 dH
Potential Size: Male: 15cm (5.9")
Female: 15cm (5.9")
Water Region: Bottom; Bottom
Activity: Nocturnal; Nocturnal
Gender: Can only be sexed by venting. Females have a round papilla, where as the male have a pointed papilla that is approximately 3-5 mm, and gives the appearance of slightly triangular in shape.
Breeding: Has been accomplished in an aquarium. The Cuckoo Catfish lays its eggs at the same time as certain Haplochromis species. The catfish eggs are also taken into the female Hap's mouth, where they are incubated with the other eggs. The catfish hatch first and consume the other eggs while the female Hap protects the catfish fry as if they were her own.
Comments: An excellent companion for rift lake cichlids.
Main Colours: White, Black, Brown
Markings: Spots Large
Mouth: Downturned
Tail: Forked
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