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KellyL 03-13-2014 05:12 PM

Can someone I.D this catfish?
I was led to believe that these where Syno Catfish.
I Googled Syno catfish to make sure that they had a good habitat in my tank but most of the photos I found where of something very different. There where a few similar but they are all more 'spotty' than mine.

Pictures to follow . .

Thank you all,

KellyL 03-13-2014 05:24 PM

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rsskylight04 03-13-2014 05:30 PM

Looks like featherfin catfish whichs a syno. I could be wrong about id.

Is that a giant red tail shark in the background?

BWG 03-13-2014 05:31 PM

Not sure on the species, but does look like it's from the Synodontis genus. To me anyway.

KellyL 03-13-2014 06:15 PM

I just read an article on featherfin catfish and it explains a lot, they are patterned like this when young and turn grey and spotty as they grow so no wonder most of the photos are of spotty ones!
Yes thats my red tailed shark, he's about 6" now. They like to hang out in the same places! That is also a third of a molly swimming into shot!! - everyone is out to spoil my picture!! :D

jaysee 03-13-2014 07:56 PM

There are a lot of synodontis species, an you are right that the young ones have a different pattern than mature fish. is a tremendous catfish resource - you can search by common name or scientific name, and they usually have pics of the fish at various ages to help with identifications.

jimscott 03-14-2014 08:45 AM

Was it purchased as, "Mixed Synodontis"? Check this link out:

The genus Synodontis

Possible a 'lace'?

KellyL 03-15-2014 11:07 AM

Thank you for the links! There are so many types! I think I'm going to stick with lace/featherfin looks about it!
They where just sold as Syno catfish. I wanted to make sure I was feeding them ok!!

jaysee 03-15-2014 11:10 AM

They are carnivores so a high quality pellet will provide the protein they need.

jimscott 03-16-2014 07:00 AM


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