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Synodontis multipunctatus

Picture of Synodontis multipunctatus
Common name Cuckoo Synodontis, Cuckoo catfish, Many-Spotted catfish
Scientific name Synodontis multipunctatus
Size Up to 6" (15cm), females larger
Origin Lake Tanganyika, E. Africa
Tank setup Large tank, with lots of rocky decor to provide caves.
Compatibility Usually kept with cichlids of Malawi and Tanganyika. Slightly territorial towards its own species, but much less so than many Synodontis species.
Temperature 22-26oC (72-79oF)
Water chemistry Hard and alkaline, pH 7.5-8.5
Feeding An insectivore, so live or frozen foods may be prefered, but will accept flake and tablet foods. Snail eater.
Sexing Males tend to be smaller and may have longer pectoral spines. Like other Synodontis, it may also be possible to see a short papillae close to the males vent.
Breeding The common name of 'Cuckoo' derives from this catfishes habit of swimming between spawning cichlids, eating their eggs and depositing their own. The eggs are then picked up by the mouthbrooding female cichlid and the resulting fry raised with her own fry.
Comments A very attractively patterned catfish which makes an ideal and interesting addition to a Rift Lake setup of Malawi or Tanganyika cichlids. They are often more active in the daytime than many other Synodontis, especially if a small group is kept.


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