Sunday, July 4, 2010

Synodontis Zebra Hybrid

Synodontis Zebra Hybrid
(Synodontis sp.)

Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Water Conditions: 75-82° F, KH 4-15, pH 6.5-7.8
Max. Size: 9"
Color Form: Black, Tan
Diet: Omnivore

Origin: Indonesia
Family: Mochokidae

The Synodontis Zebra Hybrid is a very ornate member of the naked catfish group. With a multitude of spots of various sizes, this sleek and attractive Synodontis catfish has a truly "wild" appearance. There is a notable delineation between the head and the rest of the body. The spots on the head are much smaller and greater in concentration, while the body sports larger, loosely spaced spots. This juxtaposition creates an interesting pattern that complements the lean angular body of the Synodontis Zebra Hybrid. This distinct combination of spots may shed light to the lineage of this attractive hybrid. Synodontis decorus, Synodontis ocellifer and Synodontis multipunctatus are just a few examples of potential candidates that may make up the Synodontis Zebra Hybrid.
A well-filtered aquarium, 50 gallons or larger, with a warm stable temperature and plenty of rocks and plants is a suitable environment. The Synodontis Zebra Hybrid is a very peaceful tank member and appreciates having several hiding places. It co-exists well with larger Tetras and most African Cichlids similar in size.

When netting, one must be very careful of the spines on the pectoral fins which have serrated edges. These can become easily entangled in netting and may cause injury to the fish or hobbyist.

The Synodontis Zebra Hybrid is an omnivore and should be offered sinking catfish pellets, freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex, and a good quality flake food.


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