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Synodontis decorus
Decorated Squeaker (Catfish)

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Name: Synodontis decorus
Size TankpHTemp
Origin: Zaire, Cameroun
20 cm 250 L 7.8 28C


This central African catfish seems at home with my collection of African Cichlids. He seems to do well in the naturally hard Calgary (Canada) water and has learned to ignore the territorial assertions of his tankmates. He spent the first several months of his residency in seclusion, coming out to feed only at night, but now he rushes around to claim his share of pellets during daytime feedings. The Decorus has a very long dorsal spine, large brown spots, and grows to 30 cm.

Contributed by Owen Thistle

A great adition to the aquarium, but can be shy if mixed with aggressive spieces. I have 6 decorus in a 380 liter tank and all are between 25-30 cm long. They always move in a tightly packed school and are not as nocturnal as expected, if they have lots of refugees to retreat to if needed. Great colours and 10-12 cm fin extensions make this fish a real eye catcher.

Contributed by (no name given)

I have kept these fish in softer water conditions and is doing well. It is not as bold as most Syno's, but my fish became less shy when I added 4 more to the tank and now they form a tightly packed group wherever they go. It's really something to see, as they are now about 18 cm long each.

Contributed by (no name given)

An excellent African fish! It can be kept in many water conditions. A shy, nightlife fish. It can be very friendly with the human presence and he is Mr. Ignorance with other fishes. It reaches almost 30 cm length and is one of the best fishes to keep in your aquarium.

Contributed by Dimitrios Tseles

The decorated squeaker is one awesome catfish and is a must for serious aquarists. They go well with other squeakers, cyprinids and some cichlids and they are very good addition to a community tank. They dwell most on the sands, eating on sinking pellets and fishfood debris, which is very beneficial since they minimize the uneaten feeds. This squeaker is similar to the featherfin squeaker, they only differ on the patterns of their colorations.

Contributed by Joelito Arellano

These litle guys are very shy at first. When I first got mine I would never see him, not even at night. I got him at 2 cm and now he is like an 5 cm long after 6 months. He has completely changed. He is very brave and I see him day and night. He eats anything my similar sized mbunas don't eat. He sports a fat belly from eating so much. He is very diligent. He gets picked on by my yellow labs every once in a while, but there is so much comotion in the tank he doesn't get picked on too much. He is in s 210 L tank and I can't wait until he gets big. He is a joy to have in a African cichlid tank and I highly recommend this fish.

Contributed by Reggie

Definitely one of my favourite fish! Very interesting to watch, and beautiful markings. I have a 13+ cm Synodontis decorus in my community tank (pH ~neutral). He hasn't eaten the small tetras, and gets along with a small Synodontis notatus, they even hang out in the same hidey hole sometimes. He does like to rummage around plant roots occasionally. He was quite shy to begin with, but now can often be seen cruising around the tank and even surface feeding sometimes. I would love to get some more, but they seem to be quite rare. I think it would be great to have 4-5 together!

Contributed by Simone

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