Synodontis Brichardi Catfish


Care Level Moderate
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black, White
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 72-79° F, pH 6.5-8.5, KH 4-15
Max. Size 6¼”
Origin Africa
Family Mochokidae
Minimum Tank Size 50 gallons
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Cousin to the popular Upside-Down Catfish, Synodontis nigriventris, the Synodontis Brichardi Catfish provides fantastic visual interest to the lower regions of your aquarium. As an active forager, the Synodontis Brichardi Catfish will also provide a thorough cleanup of your aquarium by consuming left over food, detritus, as well as algae.

Hailing from the turbulent rapids of the Congo River, the Synodontis Brichardi Catfish demonstrates specialized adaptations to fast flowing water including a hydrodynamic low-profile body and a “sucker” type mouth used to cling onto rocks. The Synodontis Brichardi Catfish is quite elegant in appearance featuring a simple yet elegant combination of a dark (almost black) espresso brown body coloration and stylish vertical stripes. In addition, its large inquisitive eyes give this beautiful catfish lots of personality.

The Synodontis Brichardi Catfish will appreciate an aquarium landscape with fine sandy substrate, large roots, caves and crevices for hiding in an aquarium of at least 50 gallons in size. Sensitive to nitrates, high water quality is fundamental to the overall health of this catfish. Strong water movement achieved with the addition of a powerhead is also essential for the proper care of the Synodontis Brichardi Catfish.

The Synodontis Brichardi Catfish is a relatively peaceful fish but can demonstrate territorial behavior towards other Synodontis catfish. Avoid similar-looking species as well as larger, more aggressive tank mates. Instead house with medium to large peaceful fish for best compatibility.

The Synodontis Brichardi Catfish is an omnivore and should be offered sinking catfish pellets, spirulina pellets, algae wafers, thawed / frozen bloodworms, brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, plus a good quality flake food.

Approximate Purchase Size: 3″ to 5-1/2″


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