Synodontis Petricola


Synodontis Petricola, also known as the pygmy leopard catfish, is a catfish which grows to a length of approximately 4 inches. Native to Lake Tanganyika in Eastern Africa, this species is rare and highly sought amongst aquarists.

Syno Petricola are renowned as the most peaceful of the Syno species, and with their inquisitive nature, they benefit well from stimulating décor. Housing them in a Lake Tanganyika biotope setup is advised; giving plenty of open water for swimming and using rock arrangements to form caves for exploration.  Dim lighting will encourage the fish to be more sociable.

Synodontis Petricola are very inquisitive and friendly fish, and it is ideal to keep them in groups of 3-4 or more as when kept singularly they can be very cautious, preferring to hide amongst rocks and caves.

They make great tank mates for appropriately sized rainbowfish, livebearers and water cichlid communities, particularly mouthbrooding Rift Lake species. Whilst Synodontis Petricola have a peaceful temperament, it is recommended not to house them with fish that are too small, as they may be mistakenly taken for food.


Minimum Tank Size: 250L
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Max Size: 10cm
Color Form: Black, White
Diet: Omnivore
Temperature: 24-28c
pH: 7.5-8.5

*Product Photo is for reference only. Exact fish will vary in size and colour.

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