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Synodontis Angelicus Catfish

posted: 05/15/12
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Synodontis Angelicus Catfish
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The Synodontis Angelicus Catfish is commonly referred to as the Angel Catfish or Angelicus Cat. It is a peaceful member of the naked catfish group. It may also be known as S. tholloni, S. robbianus, S. werneri, and S. angelicus zonatus.

As a digger, the Synodontis Angelicus Catfish will appreciate a fine sandy bottom with large roots and crevices for hiding places in a tank of 50 gallons or more. Sensitive to nitrates, a good water conditioner is helpful. It prefers a current in the tank. It can be kept as a schooling fish or in a tank with other Synodontis species. The Synodontis Angelicus Catfish may also be maintained with most african cichlids of similar size, such as Congo Tetras and African Tetras.

Currently, the Synodontis Angelicus Catfish is not being successfully bred in the aquarium.

The Synodontis Angelicus Catfish is an insectivore and also requires algae in its diet. It will feed on algae growing on the back and sides of the tank, as well as atop roots and rocks. Avoid blue algae. The Synodontis Angelicus Catfish is nocturnal, and should be fed in the evening.

Ideal tank mates include: Cichlids of similar size, Gouramis, Larger Barbs, Tetras, Rainbowfish, Larger Danios, Loaches, Plecos and Scavenger Catfish.

Fish Facts

Name: Synodontis Angelicus Catfish (Synodontis angelicus)

Family: Mochokidae

Range: Africa — Zaire, Cameroons

Size: Up to 8 inches

Diet: Insectivore: Algae

Tank Set-up: Freshwater: Rocks, plants, wood, fine gravel bottom

Tank Conditions: 75-82°F; pH 6.5-7.8; dH 4-15

Minimum Tank Capacity: 50 gallons

Light: Low

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level: Middle & Bottom

Care Level: Easy

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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