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Pajama Catfish (Synodontis flavitaeniaus)

Bonus content from the January 2011 AFI magazine article Five African Catfish.

Bonus content from the January 2011 AFI magazine article Five African Catfish.

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.

Want to read the full story? Pick up the January 2011 issue of Aquarium Fish International today.

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