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Bristlenose or Synodontis?

Postby Dean9 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:33 pm

Hi guys

Just wondered what everyones opinions were about keeping either a few BN catfish or a few synodontis in with my mbuna tank?

Which ones shall I get?

I want them to eat the algae and clear some of the debris on coral sand at bottom of tank and stir up the debris.

Ive had a BN catfish before in a tropical tank. But was just reading about the synodontis and thought they looked quite cool?!!

Your help, advice and knowledge would be very much appreciated.

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Re: Bristlenose or Synodontis?

Postby James » Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:05 pm

I've got both :tu:

Had no problems and if you have the room go for it! Just try and avoid the many Syno hybrids out there and go for something like Lucipinnis, Petricola or multipunctatus.

The only downside I have found is they interrupt the mbuna when spawning and have also seen fewer fry broods probably down to the syno's nicking the eggs.
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Re: Bristlenose or Synodontis?

Postby bradderz123 » Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:06 am

I too have both - don't particular see them too much other than at night though.
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Re: Bristlenose or Synodontis?

Postby Clare » Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:09 pm

I have both, always had both and always will have. They both have different jobs too do and both do them well. :tu:
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Re: Bristlenose or Synodontis?

Postby Dean9 » Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:09 pm

What are their different jobs? I thought they both just ate algae?

Could i have three Synodontis? Or do i have to have more?

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Re: Bristlenose or Synodontis?

Postby James » Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:35 pm

Bristlenose will help with the algae and the syno's will Hoover up the un eaten food :tu:

IME they are best kept in groups of five or more as they are much less shy and more active.
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Re: Bristlenose or Synodontis?

Postby adamneilwilson » Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:53 pm

In never see my BN, and tbh he's not much to look at anyway! I have some synos and they are shy but a nice treat to see when they do come out as a good looking fish. I think they help with moving debris between my rocks too.

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Re: Bristlenose or Synodontis?

Postby Dean9 » Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:09 pm

Thanks for the replies

Does anyone know where I can get some synodontis from? I don't think Tony sells them, as there not on his website?

I'm in the Brighton area if anyone knows of somewhere? Or is there anyone that will send them through the post who is reliable?

I will get the BN from local shop.

Is it cruel to have only 3 synodontis? As I was thinking of having 3 synodontis and 2 BN?

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Pseudotropheus Ndumbi Super Red Top
Cynotilapia Jalo Reef
Pseudotropheus Cyaneorhabdos Maingano
Pseudotropheus Acei Yellow Tail
Yellow Labs
Pseudotropheus Socolofi

Aulonocara Firefish
Labeotropheus Trewavasae 'Mpanga'
Bristlenose Catfish
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Re: Bristlenose or Synodontis?

Postby James » Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:52 pm

It isn't cruel but it depends if you want to see them, like I said they are much more active and confident in larger groups :tu:
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Re: Bristlenose or Synodontis?

Postby bradderz123 » Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:48 pm

As a point of interest can it be a group of different Synos?
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