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Synodontis Lucipinnis Dwarf Petricola CB

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Synodontis Lucipinnis 'Dwarf Petricola' CB 1"

Common name: Dwarf cuckoo catfish

Scientific name: Synodontis petricola

Distribution: Lake Tanganyika

Habitat: Rocky shores shared with many species of cichlids such as Tropheus and Neolamprologus

Temperature: 76 – 80°F

pH: 7.5 – 9.0


Adult size: 4-5 inches

Diet: Unfussy omnivore that will eat dried foods, frozen and live foods, and blanched vegetables

Conspecifics: Social with its own kind; multiple individuals will often share hiding spots and school together

Tankmates: Very peaceful and suitable for most Tanganyikan setups

Notes: Synodontis petricola is often confused with the very similar-looking Synodontis lucipinnis. The latter can be distinguished by the presence of a clear patch at the base of its ventral and anal fins as well as its smaller adult size (about 3.5 instead of 4.5 inches). Synodontis petricola practices brood parasitism, tricking mouthbrooding cichlids into caring for its young instead. The behavior tends to be opportunistic in this species; Synodontis petricola is an egg-scatterer in the absence of suitable hosts.


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