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Synodontis petricola
Synodontis petricola, Matthes, 1959

Origin: Lake Tanganjika

Etymology: Unk


First European import:1980?

Description:See picture.

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.

Temperature:22-25 degrees.

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.


pH: 7.0-8.5

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.

Sexual dimorphism:UnknownSynodontis petricola fry 3 cm

Prices:Netherlands: 3-5€


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

Actually, S petricola can be bred without cichlids being present. I had 5
adults living in a 30 gal long tank, and lo and behold, one day, about 30
babies. They were easy to raise. My guess is that they are group spawners,

Comment 2: KVNBYL
i bought the fish locally in boston , and they were living alone in a 30 gal lond
tank. ph was around7.5, i have no idea about the hardness, or redox, or anything
else.i do a 50% water change on all mytanks once a week, and i don't use activated
carbon. temp was maintained at 82 degrees. food consisted of live brine
shrimp when i could find it, but mostly a nice assortment of tyerra min ,
vibragrow, nutrafin, and frozed blood worms, and brine shrimp. they were in
the tank for about a year, and were peaceful, and very little trouble. they
would swin around. i hads noticed a couple of fish looking plump, but didn't
think anything about it, as it was said that these fish were impossible to
breed. the tank was decorated with driftwood and some flower pot caves.
oone day i was moving some stuff around to vaccuum the gravel, and i was
very suprised to see about two dozen tiny little fish, not knowing what to
do, i put hasalh of them in another tank by themselves, anf left the otheer

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