Cuckoo Catfish (Synodontis multipunctata), Tank-Bred
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The Cuckoo Catfish is a very popular Synodontis species that is beautifully marked, stays a manageable size, and is perfect for a variety of medium to large-size fish tanks, including Lake Tanganyika biotopes.
The Cuckoo Catfish (Synodontis multipunctata) is a very popular, medium-sized catfish species that boasts lovely coloration. It has very attractive dark brown, tan, and cream colored spotting. This catfish is also known for its tendency to sometimes 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 Cuckoo 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 Cuckoo 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. While it can do well when kept singly, it is much better kept in at least small groups of its own kind since it is gregarious.
The Cuckoo 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.
- Very colorful, peaceful, and hardy scavengar
- Attains a very manageable adult size
- Will not bother ornamental plants
- Unique appearance as well as plenty of personality.
- Compatible with many peaceful and aggressive fish species
- Temperature: 75° - 82° F (24° - 28° C)
- pH: 7.5 - 8.5
- KH: 15 - 35 dKH
- Minimum tank size: 55+ gallons is necessary for a small group
- Diet: Omnivorous. Will accept most live, frozen, and meaty foods of appropriate size. Some vegetable matter is also necessary.
- Social behavior: Somewhat social and more active in groups.
- Origin: Tank-bred, but indigenous to Lake Tanganyika, Africa
- Average adult size: 6 inches (15 cm)
- Average purchase size: 1 - 2 inches (2.5 - 5 cm)