Synodontis Schoutedeni Catfish

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The Synodontis Schoutedeni Catfish is an ornately patterned catfish with a peaceful temperament well-suited for larger freshwater community aquariums. The Synodontis Schoutedeni Catfish offers fantastic visual interest to the lower regions of your aquarium. As an active forager with a hearty appetite, the Synodontis Schoutedeni Catfish will also provide a thorough cleanup of your aquarium by consuming leftover food, detritus, as well as some algae.

Originating from the Congo River Basin, the Synodontis Schoutedeni Catfish belongs to the Family Mochokidae (Squeakers or upside-down catfishes) which includes the Upside-Down Catfish, Synodontis nigriventris. As such, you can expect to see the Synodontis Schoutedeni Catfish frequently swimming upside down, navigating throughout your aquarium landscape most likely in search of food. In addition to this distinct swimming behavior, the Synodontis Schoutedeni Catfish provides wonderful visual interest with its ornate marbled or vermiculated pattern and vibrant yellow coloration. Though the amount of yellow coloration will vary from individual to individual, it is sure to add a flash of unexpected coloration where ever the Synodontis Schoutedeni Catfish explores.

Like most catfish, the Synodontis Schoutedeni Catfish prefers subdued lighting conditions. Create overhangs or add floating vegetation to provide shaded areas of diffused lighting. The Synodontis Schoutedeni Catfish will also appreciate an aquarium landscaped with fine sandy substrate with ample amounts of large roots, caves, and crevices for hiding. This type of habitat creation is particularly important if you plan to keep more than one Synodontis Schoutedeni Catfish as it will help to reduce any potential territorial aggression. House the Synodontis Schoutedeni Catfish in a well-filtered aquarium of at least 50 gallons in size.

The Synodontis Schoutedeni Catfish is a relatively peaceful fish but can demonstrate territorial behavior towards other Synodontis catfish. Avoid similar-looking species as well as larger, more aggressive tank mates. Instead house with peaceful medium to large fish over 2” in size for best compatibility. Keep in mind that the Synodontis Schoutedeni Catfish is an opportunistic feeder with a voracious appetite and will not hesitate to make a meal out of smaller, unwitting tank mates.

The Synodontis Schoutedeni Catfish is an omnivore and should be offered sinking catfish pellets, spirulina pellets, algae wafers, thawed/frozen bloodworms, brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, plus a good quality flake food.

Approximate Purchase Size: 2-1/4″ to 2-3/4″


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