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SYNODONTIS VALENTIANA (Synodontis decorus x S. multipunctata)

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The Valentine Zebra Catfish (Synodontis decorus x S. multipunctata), also known as Synodontis Valentiana, is a small and fairly uncommon 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 Valentine Zebra 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. The Valentine Zebra Catfish is generally peaceful and is compatible with most fish that are too large to be considered prey. It feeds 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 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.


The Valentine Zebra Catfish is an unfussy eater that will accept most meaty live, frozen, and dry foods. It should also have regular vegetable matter. A varied diet is essential for optimal health and coloration.