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post #1 of 8 Old 03-20-2011, 03:27 AM Thread Starter
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Please ID our catfish

I posted Buddy's picture several years ago, but there was no decision about his genis and species.
We have had buddy for over 22 years. He was about 2 in when we bought him, now he is over 7 in long. He eats algea pellets and is very dosile and does not bother his tank mates: Green barbs and Pineapple swords. He likes to sleep up-side-down in his log or like a whale at 45 deg., just touching a leaf of a plant. He comes to the surface of the water when we blow on the water. i was lucky to get this picture because he usually hides behind his log when I want to take his picture.

We would just like to know what he is. Can someone help?

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post #2 of 8 Old 03-21-2011, 12:15 PM
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Possibly a Synodontis nigrita. Did it have spots when it was younger?

If it was tank rasied, it could be a hybrid. I currently have a Synodontis that I was told was a S. lucipiccis. As it aged, it lost all of the white on its body; looks like the S. nigrita with S. lucipiccis fins.
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post #3 of 8 Old 04-17-2011, 06:04 PM
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I would say it is definitely from the Synodontis Catfish family. I own a S. Eupterus and it almost looks like it, except that yours is much older. Here a link that may help you. Synodontis euptera

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post #4 of 8 Old 04-17-2011, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for respones. I also think that Buddy is a S. nigrita, or some hybrid of a nigrita, after looking at pictures of catfish on another site (not PlanetCatfish). Thay had many pictures of catfish sorted by types.

Buddy's spots were more visible when he was young, especially on his fins. Now you can only see the spots in the right light. They are like a black leapord's spots that you don't see until sunlight strikes the leapord.

We also like the fact that he is a nigrita because they are supposed to live longer than the S. eupterus.
Now, they mention 17 years for a nigrita, but that is probably the average age. Since we know that he is getting on in age, we are a bit worried. We hope we can enjoy his antics for many more years to come.

The image is of Buddy in 2007. The refractive index of the water makes him look tiny.
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post #5 of 8 Old 05-12-2011, 10:15 PM
He's beautiful!

What size tank do you have?
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post #6 of 8 Old 05-13-2011, 02:49 AM Thread Starter
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It is only a 20 gallon tank.
He travelled with us in 2000 from Montreal to Calgary in a vented 12 by 18 inch Rubbermaid container on the back seat of the car. At night we pumped air into his tank. He did really well.

Yes, we also think that he is beautiful. He is also a very interactive. When we blow on the surface of the water, he comes up and sticks his nose out of the water to say "Hi!".


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post #7 of 8 Old 05-13-2011, 03:15 AM
Aww thats so cute(: I hope you have many more years with him too
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post #8 of 8 Old 05-13-2011, 06:50 AM
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My hats off to you for having him 22 years.

Go Buddy go!

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