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Scientific Name Synodontis decorus Common Names Clown Syno Pronunciation sin oh don tiss - deck oh rus Size up to 10 inches
Distribution Congo basin except Luapula River system. One of the many interesting Synodontis species found in Malebo Pool. African Waters, Congo, Lower Congo, Pool Malebo (click on these areas to find other species found there)
pH 6.0 - 8.0 Temperature 71.6-82.4°F (Show species within this range)
Feeding Eats crustaceans, algae and insect larvae in the wild. Is not a fussy eater in the aquarium. Will accept flakes and tablet foods. Periodically supplement with frozen food (e.g., krill, brine shrimp and bloodworm) and live food.
Furniture Rockwork, driftwood, sections of pipe with a diameter of 10-12 cm. Grows to about 30 cm, so will need at least a 200 litre tank when it reaches adulthood.
This fish does not like bright lights, but with sufficient cover, such as floating plants, it will make the occasional appearance with the lights on. With bright lights, it will sometimes dash out for food, but will otherwise keep itself hidden until the tank is dark. Compatibility Compatible with all but tiny fish. Can hold its own with large, aggressive fish, but best kept away from fin-nippers which might be tempted to pick at the filament on its dorsal fin. Suggested Tankmates Large enough to hold it's own in any American cichlid tank, larger individuals will even adapt to African rift lake cichlid tanks. Best kept with larger African characins and barbs.