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Synodontis Brichardi


Common name: Synodontis Brichardi

Scientific name: Synodontis Brichardi

Average Adult Fish Size: 6 inches  /  15 cm

Place of Origin: Rapids of the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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

Recommended Minimum Aquarium Capacity: 30 gallon  /  120 litre

Compatibility: Usually peaceful, but can be territorial with its own kind, catfish, plecostomus, and other synodontis.

Temperature: 72 – 81  Deg F  /  22 –  27 Deg C

Water chemistry: pH 6.0 – 8.0

Feeding: Leans more towards a green diet more so than other Synodontis species as it eats mainly algae in the wild. Algae wafers, vegetable tablets, chopped spinach leaves, shelled peas, and blanched cucumbers are appreciated. Frozen and/or live brine shrimp should also form part of their diet. When settled in the aquarium they will also take flake and pellet food.

Sexing: Males and females look alike. Best way to sex them is by venting.

Breeding: Breeding information is unknown, but they are known to be egg scatterers.

Additional Information: This species thrives only with good water quality and appreciates a current and good filtration. Frequent partial water changes are a must. Brichardi’s need a place to call their own, like a cave or rock ledge. When introducing a new specimen, make sure they are eating well as they are quite shy when 1st introduced.