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timm 03-20-2011 02:58 AM

Please identify our catfish
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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?


ginagv 03-20-2011 04:40 PM

post this over at PlanetCatfish • the online home of aquarium catfishes

they will have him id very fastly.


jeaninel 03-20-2011 07:37 PM

My first thought was some type of Synodontis but I'm not sure. As Gina said, Planetcatfish is a great place to id him. He sure is a porky little fella, isn't he. LOL

I think it's awesome that he's 22 years old. Wow. Great job on taking care of him!:-D

amazon21 03-20-2011 08:11 PM

Channel Catfish?

Thoth 03-21-2011 03:02 PM

Its not a channel cat, which have a much smaller adipose fin. Its a Synodontis catfish. I think its a S. nigrita; the dorsal fin does not look large enough to be a S. eupterus.

timm 03-22-2011 03:11 AM

Please identify our catfish
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Thank you everyone for responding. Buddy was a bit paler when he was younger. It was so long ago that I can't remember if his spots were more visable then, You can still tell that he has spots in the right light. It is just like a black leapord. you can't see those spots unless the light is just right. My husband chose buddy because he was the only one swimming Up-side-down in the tank. The poor man in the pet store had a hard time catching the one my husband wanted. However, he looks nothing like an upside-down catfish. His mouth is more "mammalian-like" with whiskers all around.

As for his dorsal fin, it is quite large when he pulls it up (ie. when he is upset about something). Most of the time he is very dosile. We once had some Ciclids and the chased him out of his log and bit him on his nose. he was not a happy camper. We had to give them away.

Another thing, the last time I tried to find out what Buddy is, someone mentioned that he could be a nigrita. However, although he looks quite black in this photo, but he is actually a dark brown.

Yes, he is quite pudgy, but he only gets one large algae pellet a day. I guess he needs more excercise. He does occasionally do laps around the tank.


ginagv 03-22-2011 08:12 AM

its wonderful that you have had Buddy for so long.. I also believe he is a Syndodontis species.. many of them have this love for sleeping and resting upside down.

But, like I said, for a complete answer, go to planet catfish and post his picture there. I know they will all be very impressed with Buddy and how long you have happily kept him.


timm 03-22-2011 10:38 PM

Planet catfish not much help
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I always thought that he was a S. eupterus from looking at other pictures on your site in the past.

Planet Catfish has not been very helpful so far. Someone put my post under "Old Synodontis ID" and another post said that he was a S. Shall (something like that). Is Buddy old at 22+ years? How long do the S. eupterus live?


timm 03-23-2011 02:00 AM

Please identify our catfish
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The last picture of Buddy resting Up-side-Down was way too small. I tried to get it within the limits .
Here is a better version.


Thoth 03-23-2011 07:48 AM

S. Schall grow to 15" and is reported to live around 12 years according to S. eupterus and S. nigrita both grow to around 7". If you want to know exactly which species it is you will need to find a Synodontis species key or a listing of defining characteristics for each species. If I were looking for this information, I would try one of the libraries at a local university or a book that is a reference guide for African (cat)fish.

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