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Synodontis eupterus - Featherfin SynodontisMagyarul / Hungarian
Synodontis eupterus - Featherfin SynodontisSynodontis eupterus - Featherfin SynodontisSynodontis eupterus - Featherfin SynodontisSynodontis eupterus - Featherfin Synodontis
  • Scientific name: Synodontis eupterus
  • Synonyms: Synodontis euptera, Synodontis macrepipterus
  • Common name: Featherfin Synodontis, Feather-Fin Catfish, Featherfin squeaker, Featherfin Syno
  • Group: Catfishes
  • Habitat: Africa; Nigeria, Cameroon, Mali, Ghana, Sudan, Chad, Niger
  • Size: 30 cm, usually 15-20 cm in aquaria
  • Biotope: White Nile, Chad basin and Niger, at the bottom of the rivers.
  • Social behavior: Sometimes quarrelsome, slightly territorial as the fish matures, especially towards other Synodontis. Do not keep with small fishes, as they may be eaten.
  • Diet: Omnivorous; Frozen, live and dried foods, also vegetables as peas and cucumber.
  • Breeding: Unsuccessful in aquaria.
  • Tank: Minimum 200 litres
  • Population: 1 fish for 250 litres.
  • Decoration: Use sand or fine gravel as substrate. Lots of rock caves and bogwood, many hiding places. Use floating plants to dim the lighting
  • Temperature: 22-27°C
  • pH: 6-7.5
  • Hardness: 8-20 NK°
  • Lifespan: 15-20 years

Description: Juvenile fish coloration is quite different than adult, as they have an attractive reticulated patterning. The change begins when the fish reach about 4 cm and continues until they reach 10 cm in length. The base color of the mature fish is dark brown or grey, with small black spots on it. The fins also have this spotted pattern. In young specimens the caudal fin is striped and, as the fish matures, the stripes seperate forming spots. The characteristic dorsal fin, which first few rays has long extensions, also develops with age. Featherfins can be kept as individuals or in small groups, of course only in a large tank, with many hiding places. They got their common name from their high feather-like dorsal fin.

It’s hard to tell the sexual differences when juvenile, but adult females are much plumper than males. In nature, Synodontis eupterus breeds in areas of seasonal flooding. They are egg scatterers, and the parents do not care the eggs/fry. In aquaria breeding was unsuccessful, but captive breeding has occured in fish farm ponds using hormone injections.

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