Guinea fowl catfish - Synodontis angelicus 6cm
Guinea fowl catfish - Synodontis angelicus 6cm
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  • for Africa aquariums
  • very large growing catfish
  • interacting group fish
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Guinea fowl catfish - Synodontis angelicus 6cm

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Guinea fowl catfish - Synodontis angelicus 6cm
The fascinatingly large growing guinea fowl catfish is a group animal and therefore fits into very large tanks in the company of large cichlids. With its beautiful coloration, the nocturnal Synodontis angelicus is a very fascinating aquarium fish that fits very well in Africa aquariums. - Garnelio
Water values: soft to medium hard
Pelvic region: Below
Temperature: 25-30 °C
Feature: becomes particularly large
Aquarium size: over 1000l
with fish?: Yes, with peaceful fish
with snails/shells?: No
Difficulty: 4 - Special
Final size: > 12cm
Fish group: Catfish
with shrimps?: Socialization not possible
Diet: omnivorous - omnivorous
Visual effect: Especially colorful
Planting possible?: Yes
Origin: Africa
Behavior: Normal
with large crabs?: No
Breeding: heavy
with dwarf crabs?: No
with crabs?: No

The nocturnal guinea fowl catfish (Synodontis angelicus) from the Congo in Africa likes to live hidden under roots and rocks during the day, but is present and foraging at night. It is a member of the pinniped catfish family. Guinea fowl catfish are reddish dark brown in color, with large round white spots all over the body and light stripes on all fins when young. In older Synodontis angelicus the spots are smaller. At the mouth the guinea fowl catfish carries like all featherbeard catfishes the name-giving three pairs of clearly pronounced barbels.

The beautiful featherbeard catfish is well suited as company for large cichlids like Tilapia. The guinea fowl catfish grows to about 25 to 35 cm in length and requires an appropriately large aquarium of at least 1200 liters. The aquarium should be well structured and offer many hiding places under roots and stones. Planting is possible, because Synodontis angelicus does not nibble at plants, even if it eats algae coverings from time to time.

The guinea fowl catfish has not yet been bred intensively in the aquarium hobby. It can be assumed that it belongs to the free spawners. The sexes can be distinguished by the genital papilla, but this is difficult for laymen.

This catfish has a very interesting and especially in adolescence quite robust territorial behavior. Even when kept only as a pair, Featherbeard Catfish can become very aggressive, so group housing is extremely important. In a group, the fish can focus on their conspecifics and act out their social behavior. The smallest group size should be 5 specimens. Shrimp would be eaten by the guinea fowl catfish, as would smaller crayfish. The scaleless catfish, on the other hand, can be severely injured by large crayfish and crabs.

In the wild, the guinea fowl catfish eats worms and small crayfish, as well as decaying plant material, in addition to insects and insect larvae. In the aquarium they can be fed very well with food tablets for catfish and with food for omnivorous fish. Sinking live food and appropriately sized frozen food are also readily eaten. Soft vegetables are also very fond of these featherbeard catfish.

The water in the aquarium should like soft to medium hard for guinea fowl catfish , the temperature should be between 23 and 28 degrees.

Our food recommendation: The NatureHolic Catfishfeed for all aufwuchs feeding sucking catfish in the aquarium is a balanced tablet food, which does not cloud the water and the fish like to eat. The catfish tablets also contain NatureHolic active ingredient complexes that provide sucking catfish with everything they need for a strong immune system, healthy growth and great, contrasting coloration. As a snack, supplemental food or vacation food, we recommend the CatfishPlates.

Our plant recommendation: Use for planting NatureHolic InVitros. These are free of snails, planarians and other unwanted co-inhabitants. Also free of algae spores, bacteria and fungi.

Expert Tip: We recommend for fish keeping the NatureHolic 3 Phase Liquid. The care set offers the best all-round protection for your animals. It ensures optimal conditions for successful breeding and keeping.

Scientific name Synodontis angelicus
German name: Guinea fowl catfish
Difficulty level: advanced
Origin/Distribution: Africa
Coloration: light spots on dark brown reddish background, dark fins with light stripes
Age expectancy 15 years
Water parameters: GH 5 to 19, KH 3 to 15, pH 6.0 to 7.5, temperature 23 to 28 °C
Tank size: from 1200 liters
Food Soft vegetables, live food, frozen food, catfish tablets
Breeding not known
Behavior pronounced social behavior, somewhat rowdy
Group size from 5 animals
Further information Ten typical aquarium fish for beginners and alternatives to them, Tips for acclimating fish to the aquarium, Feeding aquarium fish properly - cheap food and what it can do
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