What kind of catfish is this?

rochesterroseman(zone5 NY)September 10, 2005

I recently bought a used aquarium with some fish in it, including this old catfish, about 7 inches long. I hardly see him because he hides inside that log he is sitting on. Does anyone know what kind he is, and anything I should do to keep him healthy? Food or other special needs?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
woeisme(z7b NC)

It is a common pleco

    Bookmark   September 10, 2005 at 7:43AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
rochesterroseman(zone5 NY)

hmmm, I dont think so, because it has big whiskers, and doesnt suck on the glass or anywhere else. Just eats the fish food I dump in.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2005 at 7:51AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
just_curious(7b/8a Canada)

Definitly Synodontis, not sure which one as there are many different species and many are brown with black spots.
They originate in Africa with many coming from the Rift Lakes. They have long lives and are fairly easy to keep.
Over the years, I've had about 10 different species but Synodontis Angelicus has been my favorite. I don't see them in the stores any more but in the 1970's they were available occasionally, mostly wild caught. They came in with wild caught African Cichlids almost as an afterthought but quite quickly became very popular.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2005 at 12:45PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
paparoseman(z8 WA. PO.)

It is a Synodontis nigrita. Yours is a fairly large one, they can reach ten inches or so. At some time yours has lost it's dorsal fin. They are not particularly aggressive to other fish except for their daytime hiding place. It is found in West Africa in rivers including the Congo. It would prefer a pH around 7.0 but it is not important. They eat most foods and will eat some plant material in addition to flakes and some frozen foods like bloodworms or brine shrimp.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2005 at 1:16AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
rochesterroseman(zone5 NY)

Thanks Papa, He probably rubbed that fin off squeezing in and out of that log he lives inside of. I almost never see him because he is always hiding! He seems depressed and lonely, but I could be projecting my human emotions on him. I will buy him some bloodworms, maybe that will cheer him up!

    Bookmark   September 14, 2005 at 10:24AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Trading guppies for aquarium plants
I have some very nice yellow guppies that are young...
Plants for new freshwater aquarium
I want to set up an aquarium in my new home. I think...
i have a 1 year old, channel cat. She is a beauty....
Aquatic Plant ID
Hi, I have an aquarium, and awhile ago we put live...
Jessie Tyler
guppies....why cant i keep them?
greetings: I have had several fish tanks since i was...
Sponsored Products
Beige & Brown Cursive Personalized Decal
$19.99 | zulily
Coral Coast Lakeside 55 x 18 Outdoor Porch Swing & Bench Cushions - TRENDM031-1-
$59.99 | Hayneedle
21" x 34" Wescott Bath Rug - CLUB NAVY (BATH RUG 21X34)
$30.00 | Horchow
Reflection Creek Slate Bronze Wall Fountain
Lamps Plus
Lista Cast Aluminum Outdoor Bench Multicolor - 22-0227-AW
$499.00 | Hayneedle
Grigio Gris Tissue Cover
$569.00 | FRONTGATE
Wescott Hand Towel - ARTIST BROWN (HAND TOWEL)
$12.00 | Horchow
Gizaun Art Bald Eagle Indoor/Outdoor Full Color Cedar Wall Art - BAE2216
$79.00 | Hayneedle
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™