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Featherfin Catfish (Synodontis eupterus)

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Scientific Name(s): Synodontis eupterus


Common Name(s): Featherfin Catfish, Featherfin Synodontis, Sqeaker Catfish, Sqeaker synodontis


Family: Mochokidae


Species Type: African Catfish


Maximum Size: 8 inches


Life Span: 18 years


Natural Habitat: African Rivers (White Nile)


Minimum Tank Size: 40 gallons


Tank Region: Bottom.


Possible Tank Mates: Gobies, african cichlids and other synodontis work well but many other community fish should do just fine.


Description: The Feather Fin Catfish is a fish for long time aquarists. It is a fun fish to have, but difficult to care for. It gets its name from the wonderful dorsal fin, which rays out, much like a fan. While not always true, the Feather Fin Catfish can require a lot of work to maintain. Feather Fin Catfish, also known as Cat Synodontis Eupterus, Featherfin Synodontis, and Featherfin Squeaker, in general, will not like to share a tank with other fish. They have been known to be very territorial, especially when breeding. There are fish that they might be able to coexist with, however. These include large African Cichlids, as they are equally aggressive. Also, they will sometimes get along with other catfish. Feather Fin Catfish get large, so keep them in large tanks. Also, they like lots of rocks and caves to hide in, as well as moderate plant decoration. Feather Fin Catfish like live plants, and will not bother them. At maturity, the Feather Fin Catfish will grow to a size from five to eight inches. Also, these fish have long life spans. There have been reports of these fish living for 18 years. Young Feather Fin Catfish will have a brown marble with black stripes pattern, while adults will develop into a dull gray color with brown spots. As mentioned before, the Feather Fin Catfish has a beautiful dorsal fin, which rays out, much like a fan.


Temperature Range: 72°F - 80°F



pH Range: 6.2 - 7.8

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Hardness Range: 8° - 15°



Breeding Information: Egglayers, however breeding in the home aquarium is undocumented.


Sexing Information: Only known way to sec this species is with venting. Venting is difficult and dangerous to the health of the fish so it should only be performed by a qualified professional.


Diet: Omnivorous - This species will readily accept insects, larvae and algae. It will also accept algae wafers, sinking pellets (carnivore, catfish, shrimp, etc..), spirulina flakes and blood worms.


Temperament: Generally peaceful but is also territorial


Common Diseases: None specific to species.


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##### (5/5)  Southern girl - Helpful
Helpful information .

##### (5/5)  Tammy -
Exactly the info that I needed! Thanks!

##### (5/5)  Tanner Totusek - Amazing
I just got my featherfin today and he is already out and thriving. He is a little timid but is doing very well. Very neat colors and would recommend to anybody with a tank 29+ gallons. He constantly eats granulated pellets.

African Catfish


Keith Pardee

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