Synodontis petricola, Matthes, 1959
Origin: Lake Tanganjika
First European import:1980?
Care: Synodontis petricola should be kept in larger tanks, with hard alkaline water. It is well suited to be kept combined with african cichlids, and livebearers, although smaller fish are often eaten. Synodontis petricola can be kept single, although it's better to keep the fish in small groups of 3-4 animals. Some free swimming space is required, and the feeding area is best contructed with a sandbed, to protect the barbs of the fish.
Feeding: omnivorous, all food is accepted. Synodontis species have an extremely well developed scent, and even a small amount of food will get them aroused and active.
Breeding: Synodontis petricola can only be bred together with mouthbreeding cichlids. If the cichlids start to breed, the female will deposit some fertilized aggs in between the cichlid eggs. The cichlid male will collect it's own eggs as well as the synodontis eggs into it's mouth. The eggs of Synodontis petricola will hatch prior to the eggs of the cichlid, and the fry will start to consume the cichlid eggs, and later the newly hatched fry. At the end of the cichlids mouthbreeding period the male will release Synodontis fry instead of his own offspring. Synodontis petricola has been reported to breed with Haplochromis species, not every mouthbreeding cichlid is suitable.
Picture references:Picture 1+2: E. Naus
References:Baensch, H. A., Riehl, R.(1982): Aquarien Atlas I. Mergus Verlag, Melle, Germany.(click on the link to buy this book)
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Comment 1: KVNBYL
S petricola can be bred without cichlids being present. I had 5
Comment 2: KVNBYL
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