Other Lace Synodontis Names:
Lace Synodontis, Common Syno, Syno, False upside down catfish, Lace Catfish
Lace Synodontis Scientific Name:
Synodontis nigrita, Hemisynodontis nigrita, Synodontis fascipinna, S. ornatus
Lace Synodontis Temperament:
Species Type: African Catfish
Lace Synodontis Adult Size: 7 inches (cm)
Lace Synodontis Life Expectancy: 11 years
Lace Synodontis Habitat: African rivers and streams.
Lace Synodontis Minimum Tank Size:
Relatively peaceful, though older specimens can become territorial.
Lace Synodontis Diet & Nutrition:
Omnivorous - does well with sinking pellet food but also enjoys insect foods like worms or mosquito larvae.
Lace Synodontis Description:
Commonly misidentified in the trade. Contaminants often include S. nigriventris and small juveniles of many West African Synodontis species.
S. nigrita has a dark gray background with black spots on the body and fins, giving it a ''lace-like'' appearance, hence the common name: ''lace catfish''.
Humeral process ends in a point, sweeping up in a curve on the bottom edge.
Sometimes swims in an inverted position.
Tank Mate Compatibility:
African species - does well with african cichlids.
Lace Synodontis Breeding & Spawning:
In nature, breeding occurs during flood season. It is uncertain if bred commercially by hormone injection or if it has been bred in the aquarium.
Determining Lace Synodontis Sex:
First lay the fish in your hand with its head toward your palm and the tail toward your fingers. Hold the dorsal spine between your middle and ring finger so the fish is belly up and you won't get stuck (Which by the way, hurts like crazy!). The genital pore is in a small furrow of tissue (in healthy fish) and will be obstructed by the pelvic fins. Pull down on the tail gently to arch the fishes spine and the pelvic fins will stand and the furrow open to display the genital pore and the anus of the fish. The male has a somewhat ridged genital papillae on which the spermatoduct is on the back side, facing the tail fin. A gravid female will also show an extended papillae but the oviduct is on the ventral side of the papillae (And may also show a little redness if really gravid). A thin or emaciated female will have just two pink pores, the oviduct and the anus.
Lace Synodontis Diseases:
None specific to species.
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