This months profile was written by Elizabeth an active contributor to the site.

 


 

 

 

Synodontis Frontosus

 

Overview:

    This guy is a great fish to own. He is comical and funny with his big eyes always looking at you…and his swimming antics. He is a happy go lucky kind of fish and he makes me smile every day. He has a lot of personality that seems to get better as he matures. He has long whiskers that wiggle as he scoots here and there. A real pleasure to own.

Quick stats:

Listed tank sizes are the minimum
Size: Average adult size: 12 inches (34cm)
Tank: Min. Tank requirements: 48″ inches in length
Strata: Bottom
PH: PH recommendation 6.0 to 7.5.
Hardness: Hardness: 4-15 dH
Temperature: 72°F to 82°F (22°-28° C)

Classification:

Order: Siluriformes
Family: Mochokidae
Genera: Synodontis
Species: frontosus

Common name:

 

Sudan squeaker 

    ,by some. This is a rare synodontis.

 

Distribution

Africa:

     Nile basin, Rudolf, Albert, Edward and Kyoga Lakes; Chad basin; and Uebi Giuba.

Maintenance:Synodontis Frontosus is a peaceful species that can be kept with large fish with the same temperament. It is a rare synodontis but not listed on the endangered species list. He grows to about 12 inches and has a gray/brown colored body with a high fin. It has no special swimming preference and will even be seen upside down in the home aquarium. He needs no decorations in the tank and sand or gravel is a good substrate. He is shy yet personable and is not overly active yet active enough to entertain you. He loves a cave to hide in but will only use it once in awhile. In nature they feed on algae,macrophites, detritus,crustaceans,insects and mollucks, live worms and dahnia. In your home aquarium they will readily accept sinking cichlid pellets,catfish pellets,frozen silversides,frozen Krill, and algae wafers

Biotope:

    Widespread in their distribution, lakes and streams with soft substrate.

Breeding:Breeding in the Aquarium is not known. According to fishbase in the wild breeding takes place during flooding in June to early dry down in January

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