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Synodontis Ocellifer Catfish
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Synodontis Ocellifer Catfish (Synodontis ocellifer)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black, Tan, Yellow
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 75-82° F, KH 4-15, pH 6.5-7.8
Max. Size 8"
Origin Captive-Bred, West Africa
Family Mochokidae
Minimum Tank Size 50 gallons
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The Synodontis Ocellifer Catfish comes from various river systems of Western Africa and is a peaceful bottom scavenger. It is yellowish to brown with many black spots.

A 50-gallon or larger aquarium with a stable temperature and plenty of rocks and plants provides a suitable environment. The Synodontis Ocellifer Catfish is a very peaceful tank member and appreciates having several hiding places.

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.

Currently, the Synodontis Ocellifer Catfish is not being successfully bred in the aquarium setting.

Synodontis Catfish are omnivores and should be offered sinking catfish pellets, freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex, and a good quality flake food.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1 1/2" to 2"

Customer Testimonials

Frank Slats Columbus , OH
My Ocellifer is in my 180-gallon tank and is 7 years old and 8 inches long. He is very well marked, gets along well with my Tetras, and is so tame I hand-feed him.
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