Mustard Catfish (Synodontis albolineatus), Tank-Bred!
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The Mustard Catfish is a very beautifully marked species that is small and manageable, especially for a Synodontis catfish!
The Mustard Catfish (Synodontis albolineatus) is a small and rather uncommon species that is native to Gabon, Africa. It has marbled black and yellow to cream-colored markings across its entire body. 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 Mustard 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 Mustard 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 Mustard 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 plants
- Unique appearance as well as plenty of personality.
- Compatible with many peaceful and aggressive fish species
- Temperature: 73° - 79° F (23° - 26° C)
- pH: 6.5 - 7.2
- KH: 2 - 15 dKH
- Minimum tank size: 30 gallons
- 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 Gabon, Africa
- Average adult size: 3.9 inches (9.5 cm)
- Average purchase size: 1 - 2 inches (2.5 - 5 cm)