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General Body Form:
Primarily silver-brown to pale olive-brown on the dorsum of the head and body with a cream-colored ventrum. Fins are a translucent version of the base color with occasional fine black striations or speckling on the caudal fin. Maxillary barbels are the base color, mandibular barbels are cream-colored. May have anywhere from one to three distinct large black spots (ocelli) on each side of it's body along the midlateral line and one spot on the terminus of the caudal penduncle. Some fish may lack spots completely whereas others may have a differing number of spots from one side to the next.
Very clear, well-oxygenated water with a moderate to fairly strong current replicate their native habitats. A powerhead, circulation pump or canister filter with a spray bar return attachment can create the amount of water movement needed. Prefers longer tanks with a soft, sandy substrate or fine gravel, numerous caves, plenty of open-water space for swimming and floating plants to help dapple the light. These playful fish enjoy darting between hiding places that can be composed of bogwood, driftwood, pipes, rocks, roots and a few plants (the plants won't be eaten, but may be disturbed during playtime.) In large aquariums, they are gentle and energetic companions to barbs, larger cichlids, ctenopoma, gouramis, knifefish, mormyrids, larger rasboras, larger tetras. Best kept as a single specimen in a species-only or community tank with robust fish. It should also be kept as the only Synodontis in the community as adults can be territorial. Fish small enough to fit into Synodontis notatus' mouth may be eaten. Unusually active in the daytime for a nocturnal fish.
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