Scientific Name: Synodontis petricola
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Approximate purchase size : 2.5 - 4cm
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How easy are they to care for?
We would class this fish as a medium level of care.
How large can they grow?
Where in the world are they from?
This species is native to Lake Tanganyika, Africa
What is the ideal number to keep together?
Ideally kept in groups of 3-4 or more as single specimens can be very secretive.
What water conditions do they require?
Prefers to exist in hard water conditions from 7.5 - 8.5pH, but will happily live in temperature ranges of 24 - 28 degrees.
What should you feed them?
Sinking pellets should be fed as it is unlikely this species will come to the surface to feed. Will benefit from frozen and live foods.
How compatible are they with other fish?
Should only be kept with Larger Tetras, Barbs and Gourami in a community set up that like harder water quality. Ideal tank mates with most Cichlids especially African Mouthbrooders.
Can they be bred in captivity?
Whilst largely an egg scatterer in open waters this species is interesting as it also is known for a breeding method known as 'Brood Parasitism'. Whereby they spawning will coincide with African Mouthbreeders and lay their eggs amongst the African Cichlids spawn.