Originally Posted by stephanieleah
btw i think these are called "dwarf cuckoo catfish" and not "pygmy leopard catfish". go figure...i always believe the internet : )
I am near certain that your fish are Synodontis Petricola judging from the photos. The Multi punctatus or (cuckoo) Synodontis don't have white strip on front of dorsal fins like the Petricola , only on the back of dorsal fin ,and spots on the head of the Petricola ,are much smaller than those on the Multipunctatus whose spots are more uniform (same size) ,throughout the fishes body. I have three of the Multipunctatus or (cuckoo) Synodontis and am unaware of a dwarf species of this fish. The Petricola ,can reach maybe four inches ,while the Multipunctatus can and does reach Six to Seven inches.
I wish mine were the smaller Petricola
.These fish are quite similar in appearance as are many of the Synodontis ,and all enjoy oxygen rich water with moderate to strong current. This could explain why the fish like to rest near the return flow from the filter.
They also appreciate caves made from rock formations ,and or driftwood to rest under or near. Frozen foods such as blood worms,chopped eatrhworms, frozen chopped krill,and carnivore pellets are all appreciated by this species along with bits of whatever flake ,or other foods you feed the rest of your fish that they can find ,while searching the substrate. I do not believe them to much care for brightly lit areas and plants and or decor mentioned might make them more at ease.
The Multipunctatus I have, are quite active at night and it is one hour after lights are off that I feed these fish. Hope some of this helps. Cool fish in my view, and suitable for most community aquariums but perhaps not safe around very small fish or fry. Good Luck!