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The Synodontis Piedratus Catfish is a new hybrid that boasts lovely coloration and is an excellent tankmate for many African cichlids as well as other medium to large fish!


The Synodontis Piedratus Catfish (Synodontis hybrid) is a relatively new hybrid whose parent species are native to rift lakes and rivers of Africa. It has very attractive dark brown, tan, and cream colored striping and spotting. This catfish is also known for its tendency to swim upside-down as well as its ability to squeak or croak when removed from the water. It is often very active, especially for a catfish, and it is compatible with a wide variety of fish.


The Synodontis Piedratus Catfish is primarily nocturnal, but will often become active during daytime hours once established in an aquarium with plenty of driftwood, rockwork, and other hiding places. It is generally peaceful and is compatible with most fish that are too large to be considered prey. Its parent species feed on invertebrates in the wild, so it should not be kept with ornamental invertebrates in the aquarium. It will not bother plants. It is a small to medium predator that produces a fair amount of waste and it is sensitive to declining water quality, so regular water changes and maintenance are a must.

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