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synodontis catfish hiding at the back?

Postby jackd48 » Sun Oct 20, 2013 6:20 pm

got a syno about a week ago and its does nothing but sit at the back, its never once came to the front that ive seen! is their anyway to try make them to start coming out more? and also do they disturb breeding alot? just seems abit pointless having it if its hiding away doing nothing and disturbing the breeding!
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Re: synodontis catfish hiding at the back?

Postby Dave G » Sun Oct 20, 2013 7:20 pm

Synodontis tend to be nocturnal - which species have you got?
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Re: synodontis catfish hiding at the back?

Postby bradderz123 » Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:20 am

You generally need a group to get these to perform - I had 5 and still they didn't do much so I changed over to Yo Yo loaches.

Other threads on this forum suggest 6 to 10.
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Re: synodontis catfish hiding at the back?

Postby Clare » Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:04 pm

\i have 5/6 and they are not out often. We have 20+ in one of our tanks and they still only come out select times. I have also had 5 years ago and they were always out. Really Synos are for working fish to eat any left over fish so it does not pollute your tank.
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Re: synodontis catfish hiding at the back?

Postby jackd48 » Mon Oct 21, 2013 5:03 pm

i really couldnt tell you what i have! but hes a beauty when i do see him! hmm dont fancy buying more when they hide! suppose i may aswell leave him in there if hes gonna be clean up crew!
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Re: synodontis catfish hiding at the back?

Postby jackd48 » Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:57 pm

finally got a picture incase anyone knew what it was!
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Re: synodontis catfish hiding at the back?

Postby bradderz123 » Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:24 pm

I have a book on catfish (not exhaustive) but I can't see anything that remotely looks like this - not an expert myself.
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Re: synodontis catfish hiding at the back?

Postby Hambuna » Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:15 pm

That my friend is a Synodontis Eupterus

From my own experience they tend to be very shy, nocturnal & also grow BIG
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Re: synodontis catfish hiding at the back?

Postby Clare » Sun Oct 27, 2013 11:08 pm

I have had one of these and they are very very shy.
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Re: synodontis catfish hiding at the back?

Postby Ratmando » Tue Jan 21, 2014 6:10 pm

I think these fish have individual characters rather than being confined to species specific behaviour. Some I know of are very active, others completely shy.

My tip would be to make sure you have a cave that opens up to your main tank area, as these guys love caves, and that bit of extra security can make them feel a lot more confident and active knowing they have a place to which they can quickly retreats.

Featherfins are probably one of my favourite Syno type. Majestic at times.
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