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
  • Cuckoo Synodontis Synodontis multipunctatus - thumbnail
  • Cuckoo Synodontis Synodontis multipunctatus - thumbnail

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

Have a Cuckoo Synodontis Problem or General Question?

If you have a question about keeping Cuckoo Synodontis's then please use our Cuckoo Synodontis help forum. Join 100's of other fish enthusiasts with 1000's of years experience between them.


question mark     


Think Fish Community Creator - Cuckoo Synodontis

If you'd like to talk about the "Cuckoo Synodontis" with our users, then we have a buzzing community of fish enthusiasts where you can talk about tank issues, fish behaviour, tank stocking and any other issues related to the Cuckoo Synodontis fish or other types you may have!

To save your details in the Fish Community Creator you must be logged in CLICK HERE to log-in or join


Like this tool? Help keep us online by becoming a think fish supporter and helping with our hosting and development costs!

Tank Details
question mark  Rename your tank:
question mark  Length: (cm)
question mark  Volume: (Litres)
question mark  Filter type:

* This fishtank will only last for this session - to save your tank please Join/Log in

Stocking
question mark  Max Stocking level: 0cm
0-1 months 20%: 0cm
1-3 months 40%: 0cm
3-6 months 60%: 0cm
question mark  Current stock level: 0cm
Stock percentage: 0%
question mark  Suggested maximum
fish size for your tank:
0cm
My Fishtank Quantity Stock cm
There are no fish in your fishtank. To add fish, view a fish profile and click the 'Add to My Fishtank' button
This tool is a guide only. All fish have individual natures and compatibility can never be guaranteed. If you spot anything you think needs improving, contact us at info@thinkfishmedia.com


Click to read the Latest Think Fish Discussions from Thinkfish users.

Tropical Fish Keeping Help and Advice
Fish of the month