Synodontis Lucipinnis

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These hardy catfish (formally known as Synodontis Petricola Dwarf) from Lake Tanganyika are very entertaining once given proper tank conditions. They should be kept in groups of 5 or more, subdued lighting, and caves to hide in to see their abundant personality. They are nocturnal, but we’ve noticed that if you’ve provided them the conditions mentioned previously, they are peaceful, playful with amusing swimming behaviors, and will eat most anything meant for bottom dwelling fish. Note that they are often confused with Synodontis Petricola.

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General Details
  • Scientific Name: Synodontis Lucipinnis
  • Care Level: Easy
  • Diet: Omnivore leaning Carnivore
  • Temperament: Peaceful
  • Tank Mate Compatibility: High
  • Expected Life Span: 7-10 years
  • Max Size: 4 inches
  • Optimal Tank Size: 30 Gallon+
  • Optimal Temperature: 74-80 F
  • Optimal Water Parameters: 6.5.0-8.0 pH
Purchase Details
  • Purchase Age: Juveniles
  • Purchase Size: 2 - 3 inches
  • Colony Parameters: 40 Gallon Long, 74 F, 7.4 pH, ~10 gH, ~4 kH, 225-300 TDS
  • Colony Origins: Obtained from USA Breeder in 2018
  • Colony History: Homebred since 2021
  • Colony Notes: We have successfully kept them with shrimp and medium sized fish. There is a chance that they may eat shrimplets and nano fish, but this has not been observed considering the vast population of cull shrimp in their respective tank. They are quite skittish to movement and strong lights, but are very playful in a group once they are comfortable.