I would like to buy some zig zag eels or tire track eels really any would be cool would really love to find a rubber eel Clifton Tobin
I am looking for a source of several hundred cichlids. They will be research animals, not pets. I am doing a study looking at male mate choice and fecundity based on selection of female in relation to the size of her orange 'patch'. The animals will not be required all at once (actually it is preferable that they are not all at once) but we will need about 50 at a time. We need fish which are greater than 1 inch in length and about twice the number of females to males.
If anyone has any suggestions! Kristy
Looking for 5' to 6' male Green Terror from someone who is looking to rehome or sell at an reasonable price. I live in Essex ,Maryland and are willing to pick them up if you live in the area. Have an 125gallon tank ready for him. Chris
I am looking for 4-6 anableps. will pay premium price. tank is cycled and ready for them. can anyone help? they seem to be quite difficult to find lately. tony z.
I have a red pike cichlid abut 6-7 in for sale if anybody wants to buy him I'm selling him for $70 David
Hi - I am looking to buy headstander species, in particular Anostomus. If you have any you are willing to sell please email me: email@example.com I am in the NYC area. Nels
The Featherfin Synodontis is considered to be one of the 'upside-down' catfish species. Like their well-known relatives, the Upside-Down Catfish Synodontis nigriventris, the featherfin can swim upside down at will. They are called squeakers because they produce a squeaking sound as a warning to both predators and competitors during spawning time. The squeaking is accomplished by rubbing the spines of its pectoral fins into grooves on its shoulders. Other common names they are known by include Featherfin Catfish and Featherfin Synodontis. They are also referred to as the Lace Cat or Synodontis Lace Catfish, though this name is more often applied to its very similar cousin the Lace Synodontis Synodontis nigrita.
The Featherfin Squeaker is a great choice as a durable and attractive bottom scavenger. When kept singly they make a very handsome and intriguing showpiece, and are particularly active when feeding. They are also compatible with others of their own genus as long as the tank is large enough with plenty of rocks or driftwood for places of refuge. Each fish will pick a particular spot under a piece of driftwood or in a hole to call their own. When kept with others of their own species, they will often frolick and chas each other through tunnels and holes in a well decorated aquarium.
Featherfin Catfish are fairly hardy fish. A minimum aquarium size of 50 gallons is suggested. They are not difficult to keep in a well maintained environment and will get along well with other fish in a large community aquarium. Most other tank mates, both large and small, will get along fine as long as they aren't bottom dwellers feeding in the same area. Small bottoms feeders like Corydoras or Otocinclus can be at risk. Yet even more aggressive fish, like African cichlids, can make good tank mates for these attractive scavengers.
The Featherfin Squeaker Synodontis eupterus was described by Boulenger in 1901. They inhabit much of central Africa, including Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, Ghana, Mali, Niger, and Cameroon. They are found in the famous White Nile river system as well. Other common names they are known by include Featherfin Catfish, Featherfin Synodontis, Synodontis Lace Catfish, and Lace Cat. Due to their wide distribution they are not considered threatened and are listed as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List of endangered species.
Featherfin Catfish prefer living near muddy or rocky bottoms of rivers in their natural habitat, preying upon insect larvae and even eating algae. They prefer moderately fast flowing rivers. Like most catfish, they are primarily scavengers and will eat most available items that are edible. Featherfin Synodontis enjoy each other’s company in the wild and often live in small, fluctuating groups.
Scientific Name: Synodontis eupterus
Social Grouping: Groups - Can be kept singly or in groups.
IUCN Red List: LC - Least Concern
The Featherfin Squeaker is fairly large and a long-lived catfish. It can get up to 11.8 inches (30 cm) in length, though they usually only obtain 6 - 8” (15-20 cm) in the aquarium. They commonly have a lifespan of 8 to 10 years, but there are reports of them living up to 25 years.
Featherfin Catfish have a flattened underside and triangular flanks leading up to their sharp, spined dorsal fin that develops lacy extensions on the adults. The barbels are quite pronounced and very flexible allowing them to seek food and warn other competitors off with a ‘tickle’. These catfish are often spotted or patterned with varying degrees of browns and sometimes grays. Called Featherfin Synodontis, they are particularly noted for their huge, feathery fins. Because Featherfins can range greatly in color, they can easily be confused with similar Synodontis species and are often sold as a completely different species.
Juveniles and adults often look completely different and the young do not have the distinctive dorsal fin extensions. When young these fish can easily be misidentified with their close relative, the Upside-Down Catfish Synodontis nigriventris. But once the Featherfin Synodontis grows well past four inches their identity becomes clear.
Synodontis are known as squeaker catfish because they produce a squeaking sound by rubbing the spines of the pectoral fins into grooves on the shoulders. They use this sound as a warning to both predators and competitors during spawning time. Like their relatives the Upside-Down Catfish, they can also swim upside down at will. For idedntification, their distinctive characteristics are the long, flowing fins, delicately spotted body, and their eventual adult size.
Size of fish - inches: 11.8 inches (30.00 cm) - They usually only obtain 6-8” (15-20 cm) in the aquarium.
Lifespan: 25 years - Up to 25 years, but more commonly 8-10.
Fish Keeping Difficulty
The Featherfin Squeaker perfectly fits the definition of a hardy fish. Featherfins can withstand a variety of water conditions, food types, and tank mates. They are survivors and very few of the common beginner mistakes adversely effects them. Tanks can be extremely dirty since this mimics much of their natural habitat, though a dirty tank is not recommended. One thing they do require though is a decently size aquarium, preferably over 50 gallons.
Aquarium Hardiness: Very Hardy
Aquarist Experience Level: Beginner
Foods and Feeding
Featherfin Synodontis are omnivores that feed on insect larvae, algae, and any other foods source they can scavenge in the wild. In the aquarium they are not hard to feed at all. They are enthusiastic eaters will consume nearly any food they can locate with a rambunctious attitude. Even though they prefer to be under cover during day time, the tantalizing smell of food in the water will often bring them out of their domain for a good feasting time. Meaty foods, vegetable tablets, and anything in between will be appreciated by these hardy eaters. Brine shrimp and blood worms (either live or frozen), or even small earthworms are an excellent once a week snack.
Diet Type: Omnivore
Flake Food: Yes
Tablet / Pellet: Yes
Live foods (fishes, shrimps, worms): Some of Diet
Vegetable Food: Some of Diet
Meaty Food: Some of Diet
Feeding Frequency: Daily
These Synodontis are not picky about their aquarium conditions. Little maintenance has to be done to keep them in good condition. Regular siphoning of the gravel is recommended to remove waste and keep the tank in a clean state.The recommended water change is 10 - 15% every other week to keep up with the bio-load..
Water Changes: Bi-weekly - Bi-Weekly water changes of 10 - 15% are recommended to keep the tank from becoming heavily fouled.
A minimum 50 gallon aquarium is recommended for a full sized Featherfin Squeaker. This Synodontis catfish enjoys a tank with lots of hiding places, particularly driftwood. They have fun chasing each other around all the tunnels and holes, while feeling secure under the driftwood. Once they find their favorite spot, they will stay there much of their lives unless the tank is revamped or a competitor out competes them for the space. Porous rocks, such as the tufa used for African cichlid tanks, are also welcomed by these catfish. Substrate should be sand or some type of smooth gravel to reduce the chance of barbel damage. Plants also provide cover, but they must be tough and resilient since these catfish often shove away anything in their path.
Minimum Tank Size: 50 gal (189 L)
Suitable for Nano Tank: No
Substrate Type: Sand/Gravel Mix - Sand or smooth gravel will help reduce the chance of barbel damage.
Lighting Needs: Low - subdued lighting - Will appreciated overhangs and hiding places in more brightly lit aquariums.
Temperature: 72.0 to 81.0° F (22.2 to 27.2° C)
Range ph: 5.6-7.5
Hardness Range: 8 - 20 dGH
Water Movement: Moderate
Water Region: Bottom
Featherfin Catfish are not aggressive, but they aren't necessarily peaceful either. They fall into the range of semi-aggressive. They pose little risk to small fish that swim in the middle or top of the tank, but can harass smaller bottom feeders like Corydoras or Otocinclus. They also tend to be food hogs, so weak, slow eating fish will often find they have missed out at feeding time!
The Featherfin Squeaker enjoys the company of its own genus, but like the majority of Synodontis they have an intricate hierarchy system, mainly based on size. The most dominant Featherfin will get the best hiding place. The 'species internal' bullying is rarely life threatening but can cause substantial stress which may lead to illness. Watch for any individual fish getting bullied too much. Featherfins are often an excellent addition in African Cichlid tanks.
Temperament: Semi-aggressive - Though basically a peaceful fish, they will harass other bottom feeders.
Same species - conspecifics: Yes - They can be kept with other Synodontis if the tank is large with many hiding places.
Peaceful fish (): Monitor - Be cautious with smaller bottoms feeders like Corydoras or Otocinclus that compete for food.
Semi-Aggressive (): Safe - Can usually be kept with semi-aggressive and even aggressive fish such as Rift Lake cichlids.
Semi-Aggressive (): Safe - Can usually be kept with semi-aggressive and even aggressive fish such as Rift Lake cichlids.
Aggressive (): Monitor
Large Semi-Aggressive (): Safe
Large Aggressive, Predatory (): Monitor
Slow Swimmers & Eaters (): Monitor - Synodontis are food hogs and slow eaters may not get enough to eat.
Females are usually larger than males with a bigger girth. They often develop pot bellies.
Breeding / Reproduction
Featherfin Synodontis have not been successfully bred in home aquariums, though they have been bred in fish farms with the help of added hormones.
Ease of Breeding: Unknown - This fish has been bred in fish farms with the help of added hormones, however breeding is unknown in the home aquarium.
Synodontis euptera are very hardy fish and have no diseases they are particularly effected by. However, they are subject to the same diseases as other tropical fish. For information about freshwater fish diseases and illnesses, see Aquarium Fish Diseases and Treatments.
High nitrate levels can cause Feather-fin catfish to develop infected barbels; this makes it difficult for them to navigate and eat normally. It is recommended to maintain nitrate levels below 20 ppm.
The best way to proactively prevent disease is to give your Feather-fin Catfish the proper environment and give them a well balanced diet. The closer to their natural habitat the less stress the fish will have, making them healthier and happy. A stressed fish will is more likely to acquire disease.
Remember anything you add to your tank can bring disease to your tank. Not only other fish but plants, substrate, and decorations can harbor bacteria. Take great care and make sure to properly clean or quaranteen anything that you add to an established tank so not to upset the balance.
Because they are a scaleless fish, catfish can be treated with pimafix or melafix but should not be treated with potassium permanganate or copper based medications. Malachite green or formalin can be used at one half to one fourth the recommended dosage. All medications should be used with caution.
The Featherfin Squeaker is generally available from pet stores and online and moderately priced.
Teresa Leigh-Helay - 2015-10-20 I bought 2 featherfin cats about two years ago naming them Herbie and Horatio I thought they were syndontis nigriventris as they look the same when young they were less than 2 inches would bite my goldfish they are both now 8 inches the most amusing fish i have they nip and then chase each other around the tank when not hiding out in the cave they share they love eating earthworms I personally would not put them with African cichlids as most of the featherfins I've seen kept with them have damaged fins and generally don't look well seem better in an active community tank setting if you don't have really small fish or slow moving fish that would be startled by their antics although when smaller they were with rummynose tetras with no problems I wouldn't chance it now they are full size.
Rito Aru - 2015-09-13 Is it ok to keep them with 8 tiger barbs and 10 zebra danios and a common pleco ..??
Clarice Brough - 2015-09-24 You should be okay with that mix, as the barbs and danios will tend to swim in the upper and middle regions of the tank rather than on the bottom. The two catfish should be okay if the tank is large enough for each. The Featherfin is a food hog and may be very pushy about getting offered food, so feed in several areas of the tank to avoid conflict.
Anonymous - 2015-10-01 So is it ok to keep them w/ a bichir and a texas cichid or not??
Clarice Brough - 2015-10-04 To keep any fish together successfully, read the info on each type of fish you want to add. Look at their social behaviors, but also their diet and what part of the tank they occupy. For example, you'll quickly learn that a Texas Cichlid is one mean fish, and will probably take out any other companion.
fume - 2015-10-16 the jannitor fish 95% effective tank clener becaue it has a mouth-like a suction cup that fits to any surfaces in your aquarium such as like the plants, substrats and many others and is very much more have a cheaper price compared to a feather fin catfish.
Brittani - 2015-08-21 I have an 80 gallon tank with 1 green sunfish (Carl), 6 Tigard barbs, and a few feeder guppies that Carl decided to let live. I just recently added a small feather fin. He is beautifully spotted and has a nice fin. My question is: how do you tell if he/she is eating? He has posted up in a cave since I added him and I have not seen him much at all. Is there anything to encourage him? I know they are nocturnal and read to feed close to lights out. Do they tend to come out once settled or will he/she always hide?
Brittani Pittman - 2015-08-21 Thank you!
Brittani Pittman - 2015-08-21
Clarice Brough - 2015-08-21 They are nocturnal, coming out to feed after dark. One idea is to put a red or black nightlight (they are usually found in the reptile section of a pet store) on the tank after the daytime lights go out, to observe it.
Clarice Brough - 2015-08-21 That's a very nice tank!
Brittani Pittman - 2015-08-26 feather fin has come out of hiding!!! Hanging with Carl even. 😍