Cuckoo Synodontis
Behaviour Peaceful bottom dweller
Typical size 15cm
Max size 20cm
Tank Area Bottom
Min Tank Size 80cm
Temp Min: 20℃ Max: 26℃
Feeding Sinking, live, frozen, meaty foods
pH Range 7.5-8.5
Hardness m,h,vh
Cuckoo Synodontis Synodontis multipunctatus
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Cuckoo Synodontis

Synodontis multipunctatus

The distinctive markings of the Cuckoo Synodontis make it an instant attraction to the fishkeeper, but it has quite specific needs. For the fish to remain healthy it must be given clean, clear water, good overall water conditions and low nitrate levels. As the fish is well suited to African lake aquariums that are often heavily stocked, keeping an eye on water quality is of high importance. When young the fish will group but as they age they will increasingly prefer their own space. Hiding spots should be provided. Meaty foods are also required as part of the fishes diet. Virtually all specimens for sale are actually hybrids so appearance and eventual size may vary. The fish has been hybridised to allow captive breeding to take place without the specific breeding habits of the wild fish. Although very small fish may be eaten, the Cuckoo Synodontis is otherwise a peaceful scavenger suited to larger aquariums.

Family Mochokidae (upside-down catfishes) | Other names Multi-Spotted Synodontis, Cuckoo Catfish | Origin Africa; Lake Tanganyika | Breeding This fish is unique in the fish world due to the fact that it mixes its eggs with the eggs of the mouthbrooding cichlids of Lake Tanganyika. The catfish's eggs and young are then unwittingly cared for by the cichlids. To make matters worse, the catfish fr | Natural Water Conditions pH 7.5-9, medium to very hard | Natural Habitat Muddy bottomed areas of the lake

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