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Synodontis Species

3 years 8 months ago #36157 by Midknight
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-- Holy smokes, Phil - or Lee Ann!. That is an impressive list of Synodontis species. Thanks for the information.

I fell in love with Multis back in 1973

-- I hear you on the multis. A group of them flying around the bottom of a tank is just something that's hard to beat. Especially when somebody else is spawning in the tank and the multis get all revved up. It's hard to believe that at one point in time I actually disliked them because of the large eyes. Having kept them, they are now one of my favorite species of fish, and the eyes are their best feature.

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. Philippians 4:8

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3 years 8 months ago #36156 by PhilandLeeAnn
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I've kept 5 granulosa together. Better than 2. Laif DeMason had a group spawn just before Hurricane Andrew(?) tore up his place several years back. Large green eggs. I have kept a pair of angelicus that would display and change color whenever a big storm system went through. Kept in singles, they all tend to hide.

I'd say the brichardi need as much oxygen, river conditions as any syno. I currently have groups of 3 brichardi and 3 parrdalis and what appears to be a group of 3 full size petricoloa. that are very attractive. Also a group of multipunctatus. Generally, its the Tanganyikan varieties that spawn although Amazonas had an article reporting spawning pardalis and waterloti. Decorus get huge. Clarias are akso large and seem aggressive. I've also had schoutendeni which are smaller and they are attractive too.

I fell in love with Multis back in 1973 through a basement angelfish and albino cory breeder who always brought back the neatest catfish from their montly trips to Beldt's in St. Louis.

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3 years 9 months ago - 3 years 8 months ago #36120 by Midknight
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-- Thanks for the heads up on the granulosus, Mike. I didn't realize they were so solitary. That's good info to have before spilling a wad of cash for them. They are typically over one-hundred dollars, usually closer to two, when I see them listed. I'd hate to fork out that kind of money and have the fish killing one another in short order.

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. Philippians 4:8
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3 years 9 months ago #36115 by mikeg2929
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I kept granulosus. They are 5 - 6 inches and really beefy.

Absolutely intolerant of each other in a 125 gallon tank.

Very pretty, expensive and worth keeping.

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3 years 9 months ago #36113 by decapod
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They might have been an inch long when I got them, but probably not much bigger than that. It's been so long that I don't really remember.

I checked up on them with better light, and one of my four adults is bigger than the others- maybe approaching 3.5". Also, the longest pair of whiskers on the adults do look kind of whitish. Definitely no white in the fins, though.

Yeah, I think they're probably polli..

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3 years 9 months ago #36110 by Midknight
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-- Maybe you did get the polli, Don. I checked out the profile on Planet Catfish and they appear with and without white in the fins. They also match your size description. Were they adults when you bought them in the auction?

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. Philippians 4:8

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3 years 9 months ago #36105 by decapod
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I got something that was supposed to be S. petricola from the California box exchange several years ago, but they aren't like any petricola or lucipinnis I've ever seen. They have no white markings at all, and they have somewhat skinnier bodies. Very dark brown spots on a slightly less dark brown body, with absolutely no white in the fins or whiskers. There was also a bag of S. polli in the auction that I narrowly missed out on- maybe the labels on the bags got switched?

They spawned a couple months back- the one surviving fry is maybe half an inch long now, and has white fins and whiskers just like petricola or lucipinnis should. These have never been in a tank with any other catfish, so I know I didn't create a hybrid. I wonder how big the fry need to get before the white markings disappear. The adults maxed out at a bit under 3 inches..

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3 years 9 months ago #36104 by Midknight
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-- Thanks for sharing. I was previously unfamiliar with njasse. They look great in some of the photos I saw. And they seem manageable at 7.5" inches full size. I didn't even know there were Synos in Lake Malawi.

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3 years 9 months ago #36101 by IndecisiveCichlidKeeper
I've kept lucipinnis, multis, nyassae, and an unidentified species of Microsynodontis.

The Synodontis nyassae(njassae) are the only recognized species of Syno from Malawi but there has begun to be some debate about there possibly being another similar species since they are found with both large spots and smaller spots among different specimens.

My experience with them though was quite boring, They hid a lot in any dark space and even at night I didn't notice a ton of activity. They held their own and knew how to keep out of trouble with any of the mbuna in the tank.

I much prefer the lucipinnis that stay pretty active at all times.

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3 years 9 months ago #36100 by Midknight
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-- I was surfing the web aimlessly today and got to reading a little bit about (and coveting a bit more) some of the less common Synodontis species. I have kept S. petricola (though looking back I am unsure if they were true petricola or lucipinnis), S. multipunctatus, and a specimen or two of S. flavitaeniatus and S. angelicus. The latter two species are riverine, coming from the Congo River, while the first two reside in Lake Tanganyika. I really enjoy the Tanganyikans. They are lively, adding a lot of motion to my Tanganyikan cichlid tanks which can sometimes be very sedate. When I kept the species from the Congo, I was much younger (translate as ignorant), I kept the fish in mixed community tanks with species that probably didn't make the best cohabitants, and I kept lone individuals of the Synodontis species. They didn't show well, do well, or ultimately last very long.
-- Having said all of that, I was wondering: what experience have others had with representatives of the Synodontis genus? Has anyone ever kept S. granulosus? What about S. brichardi? I have seen both S. grandiops and S. pardalis offered at some of the swap meets. Anybody have any experience to share concerning them? The pardalis are particularly impressive looking, though notably - and understandably - expensive.
-- Have any experience with other Synodontis? Please share.

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things. Philippians 4:8

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