Featherfin Catfish
Behaviour Peaceful scavenging fish
Typical size 14cm
Max size 15cm
Tank Area Bottom
Min Tank Size 75cm
Temp Min: 22℃ Max: 26℃
Feeding Sinking, live, frozen foods
pH Range 6-8.5
Hardness vs,s,m,h
Adult Featherfin Catfish Synodontis Eupterus
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Featherfin Catfish

Synodontis Eupterus

The Featherfin Catfish develops an attractive high-backed shape as it ages, which nicely shows of the large, feathered dorsal fin. Older fish have finer and more numerous spots and fin stripes. The Featherfin Catfish is tolerant of a wide range of aquarium conditions provided it is given plenty of dark hiding spots and a fine substrate. The fish's feelers are used for finding food and without a fine substrate they can become damaged during digging. Although the fish is peaceful and will not normally eat much smaller fish, occasional specimens can be a little boisterous so it is best mixed with medium-large fish and no timid species. A good aquarium fish with plenty of character. Often confused with the upside-down catfish (Synodontis nigriventris) when young.

Family Mochokidae (upside-down catfishes) | Synonyms Synodontis ornatipinnis, S. macrepipterus | Other names Featherfin squeaker | Origin Africa | Natural Water Conditions pH 6.5-7.5, soft to medium | Natural Habitat Normally found in muddy bottomed rivers

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