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Ocellated Synodontis – Synodontis Ocellifer


Common name: Ocellated Synodontis

Scientific name: Synodontis Ocellifer

Average Adult Fish Size: 8 inches  /  20 cm

Place of Origin: West Africa, various river basins from Senegal to Chad (Senegal, Gambia, Volta, Chad, Niger basins)

Typical Tank setup: Rocky African biotope with caves, roots/bogwood/driftwood and plants.

Recommended Minimum Aquarium Capacity: 40 gallon  /  160 litre

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

Temperature: 73 – 82 Deg F  /  23 –  28 Deg C

Water chemistry: pH 6.5 – 8.0

Feeding: Omnivorous. Provide a varied diet of catfish tablets, pellets, flakes, frozen and live foods such as brine shrimp.

Sexing: Females are normally fuller, but there is no accurate way to sex them except by venting.

Breeding: Bred by hormone injection. Natural breeding method unknown.

Additional Information: Provide plenty of rock work and caves for it to hide. A large aquarium is best if there is more than one synodontis species present.