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Barfin Synodontis – Synodontis Ornatipinnis


Common name: Barfin Synodontis

Scientific name: Synodontis Ornatipinnis

Average Adult Fish Size: 16 inches / 40 cm

Place of Origin: Coquilhatville, Zaire

Typical Tank setup: Rocky African biotope with ledges, caves, roots/bogwood/driftwood along with some open space.

Recommended Minimum Aquarium Capacity: 140 gallon / 560 litre

Compatibility: Peaceful, but will eat small fish. Will hold its own in a mixed African Cichlid aquarium.

Temperature: 72 – 77 Deg F / 22 – 25 Deg C

Water chemistry: pH 6.6 – 8.0

Feeding: Omnivorous. Provide a varied diet of catfish tablets, pellets, flakes, frozen and live foods such as brine shrimp when small to medium sized. Will also eat chunks of raw fish, market shrimp, oysters, clams and mussels when full grown.

Sexing: Venting is the best way to sex this species.

Breeding: Unknown

Additional Information: Providing large hiding spaces will keep this fish happy.