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Cuckoo Catfish (Synodontis petricola)

Cuckoo Catfish (Synodontis petricola)

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Synodontis Petricola Care Guide with Aquarium Size Requirement, Including Fish Size:

1. Species Overview:

  • Synodontis Petricola is a species of catfish native to the rocky shores and fast-flowing streams of Lake Tanganyika in East Africa. They are known for their striking appearance, with a dark body adorned with white spots and a distinctive forked tail.

2. Aquarium Size:

  • Provide an aquarium with a minimum capacity of 30 gallons for a small group of Synodontis Petricola.
  • Larger tanks, around 55 gallons or more, are recommended for a larger group or to accommodate other tankmates.

3. Water Parameters:

  • Maintain stable water conditions with a temperature range of 75°F to 82°F (24°C to 28°C) to mimic their natural habitat.
  • Keep the pH level in the range of 7.5 to 8.5 and the hardness around 8 to 12 dGH.
  • Ensure efficient filtration and regular water changes to maintain water quality.

4. Tank Setup:

  • Provide plenty of hiding places with caves, rocks, and driftwood to mimic their natural rocky habitat.
  • Use a fine substrate such as sand to prevent injury to their delicate barbels.

5. Diet:

  • Synodontis Petricola are omnivores and will accept a varied diet in captivity. Offer them a mix of sinking pellets, frozen foods, and live or frozen meaty foods like bloodworms or brine shrimp.
  • Supplement their diet with algae-based foods to provide fiber and promote digestion.

6. Tank Mates:

  • Synodontis Petricola are generally peaceful but can be territorial, especially towards their own species. Avoid keeping them with other bottom-dwelling catfish species.
  • Suitable tankmates include peaceful cichlids, tetras, and other non-aggressive species that won't outcompete them for food.

7. Fish Size:

  • Synodontis Petricola typically grow to a size of around 3 to 4 inches (7.5 to 10 centimeters) in length.

8. Disease Prevention:

  • Quarantine new fish before introducing them to the main tank to prevent the spread of diseases.
  • Maintain excellent water quality and hygiene to minimize stress and susceptibility to illnesses.

9. Maintenance:

  • Perform regular water changes of 20-30% every 2 weeks to maintain water quality and stability.
  • Monitor water parameters regularly using test kits and adjust as necessary.

By following these care guidelines, you can provide a suitable and thriving environment for Synodontis Petricola in your aquarium.

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