Keeping Synodontis flavitaeniaus
Scientific name: Synodontis flavitaeniatus
Popular name: Pajama catfish
Distribution: Democratic Republic of the Congo in rivers and pools
Maximum total length: 8 inches
Food: Invertebrates, small fish and crustaceans. In captivity, they will feed on flakes, shredded shrimp and tablet foods.
Breeding: Adult males are smaller than females. They have been commercially spawned and reared in recent years.
Maintenance: Peaceful toward most fish, though it can be territorial to its own kind. The juvenile pajama catfish has a unique and striking color pattern of horizontal yellow and brown stripes. It was once much sought-after by catfish enthusiasts. As with most species of this genus, this species has a good reputation for longevity in captivity.
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