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1cm - 3cm

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Water Conditions

Synodontis petricola, commonly known as the Pygmy Leopard Catfish or Cuckoo Catfish, is a fascinating and peaceful freshwater fish that adds a touch of charm and character to any aquarium. With its unique appearance and interesting behavior, Synodontis petricola is a popular choice among aquarists who seek an eye-catching and low-maintenance fish for their tanks. Originating from Africa, particularly the Democratic Republic of the Congo, these catfish are known for their peaceful nature, social behavior, and their ability to thrive in a variety of water conditions. Let's explore a detailed description of these remarkable catfish, including essential information on their appearance, water conditions, tank setup, feeding habits, and care.


  • Unique Coloration: Synodontis petricola has a striking pattern of black spots on a light-colored background, resembling a leopard's spots, giving them a unique and attractive appearance in the aquarium.
  • Size: They are relatively small catfish, reaching an adult length of around 3 to 4 inches (7 to 10 centimeters) in captivity.

Water Conditions:

  • Temperature: Maintain a tropical water temperature range of 75°F to 82°F (24°C to 28°C) to ensure the well-being of Synodontis petricola.
  • pH Level: Aim for a slightly acidic to neutral pH level between 6.0 and 7.5 to replicate their natural habitat.
  • Water Hardness: Provide a moderately soft to moderately hard water with a hardness level between 5 and 15 dGH.

Tank Setup:

  • Tank Size: Synodontis petricola can be kept in a small to medium-sized tank of at least 20 gallons (75 liters) due to their small size and social nature.
  • Aquascape: Create a well-decorated environment with hiding spots like caves, driftwood, and rocks to mimic their natural habitat and offer security.
  • Peaceful Tank Mates: They are generally peaceful and can be kept with other peaceful community fish species.

Feeding Habit:

  • Omnivorous Diet: Synodontis petricola is an omnivore and accepts a wide variety of foods.
  • High-Quality Pellets and Flakes: Offer high-quality sinking pellets or flake food suitable for catfish as their primary diet.
  • Supplementary Foods: Provide occasional treats of live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp, daphnia, or bloodworms to supplement their diet.


  • Peaceful Nature: Synodontis petricola is generally peaceful and can be kept with other peaceful community fish species.
  • Social Behavior: They are social and should be kept in a group of at least six individuals to feel secure and exhibit their natural behaviors.
  • Observation: Monitor their behavior and appearance to ensure they are healthy and showing no signs of stress or illness.

Synodontis Petricola

SGD 8.00

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