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Synodontis notatus - One-spot Synodontis, Domino SynoMagyarul / Hungarian
Synodontis notatus - One-spot Synodontis, Domino SynoSynodontis notatus - One-spot Synodontis, Domino SynoSynodontis notatus - One-spot Synodontis, Domino SynoSynodontis notatus - One-spot Synodontis, Domino Syno
  • Scientific name: Synodontis notatus
  • Synonyms: Synodontis notata, Synodontis notatus binotata, Synodontis notatus ocellatus
  • Common name: One-spot Synodontis, Domino Syno, Onespot Squeaker
  • Group: Catfishes
  • Habitat: Africa, Congo
  • Size: 25 cm
  • Biotope: Inhabits in almost the entire Congo river system
  • Social behavior: Should not be kept with smaller fishes, because they may eat them. They become quite territorial as they matures, especially towards other Synodontis species. Only one specimen should be kept unless the tank is very large.
  • Diet: Omnivorous, live, frozen and dried foods are all accepted. Sometimes they eat some vegetables, such as cucumber and cukkini.
  • Breeding: Unreported in captivity.
  • Tank: Minimum 200 litres
  • Population: 1 fish for 280 litres.
  • Decoration: Use floating plants to dim the light of the aquarium. Sandy substrate with large rocks and roots. This fish will not eat plants but may uproot them. An area of swimming space should also be provided.
  • Temperature: 22-25°C
  • pH: 6.5-7.5
  • Hardness: 8-18 NK°
  • Lifespan: 8-12 years

Description: They have one to three black lateral spots, rarely none or more, on an olive-brown to silvery-gray background. The coloration of adult Synodontis notata is grey-brown to olive on the dorsum, while the underside is whitish. Juveniles are often instead brownish to silvery. The fins likewise exhibit a uniform gray-brown to olive and are never speckled. In juveniles these spots are large in relation to fish length, proportionally smaller in older fishes. Their pectoral spines of notatus are very sharp and thus can inflict damage to their keeper!

It takes 2 years or more to reach sexual maturity. Adult females are much plumper than males. In nature Synodontis notata breeds during the rainy season, in areas of seasonal flooding that are rich in micro-organisms. They are egg scatterers.