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Synodontis contracta


Family: Mochokidae
Species: Synodontis contracta
Common Name: Big-nosed Upside Down Catfish, Bugeye Squeaker, Bug Eyed Squeaker.
Size: Up to 3.81 inches (9.7 cm)
Habitat: Africa: Middle Congo River basin, Pool Malebo (Stanley Pool) and the Kasai drainage at Kinshasa. Occurs in muddy-bottomed pools, rivers and small streams and among shorelines with dense vegetation.
Min Tank Size: Individual: 20 long-40 gallons (75.7-151.4 liters) or larger School of 3-4: 55 gallons (208.2 liters) or larger
Diet: Omnivorous, Live and frozen foods including blackworms, bloodworms, brine shrimp and snails. Supplement with algae tablets, flake food, catfish pellets, spinach and zucchini.
Behavior: Young are social, adults can be territorial.
Water: Temperature of 72°F to 77°F (22°-25° C) , pH range: 6.2 7.2 dH range: 4 - 15
Care: Easy, hardy.
Communities: Excellent community fish. They thrive in a school of at least 3 to 4 of their own and are non-competitive tankmates to small to medium-sized African rift lake cichlids, African tetras, Chacarins and other Synodontis catfish.
Suitability: Good for all with consideration for its size and requirements.

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