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Ocellated synodontis - Synodontis ocellifer

Ocellated synodontis - Synodontis ocellifer

Scientific name: Synodontis ocellifer

Common name: Ocellated synodontis

Family: Mochokidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 30 - 50 cm (11.81 - 19.69 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 6.5 - 7.8

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 15°N (71.43 - 267.86ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 23 - 27 °C (73.4 - 80.6°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: Africa

Temperament to its own species: peaceful

Temperament toward other fish species: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels

Food and feeding

Ocellated synodontis is classed as an omnivore but requires more meaty foods than some of the other catfish. Its staple diet should consist of quality flake or pellets. Blood worms and brine shrimp make ideal treats for this fish.


West Africa; Ocellated synodontis is to be found from Senegal to Chad.


There are no physical differences between the sexes.


As of yet there are no reported cases of Synodontis ocellifer breeding naturally in captivity. It has been forced to breed in Eastern Europe by hormone injections.


The expected life span for Synodontis ocellifer is 5-10 years.

Short description

Hiding places should be provided in the tank, rocks and bogwood are ideal for this. Mostly a nocturnal fish, it will come out in the daylight hours when food is added to the tank. Juveniles are fine for a community tank, adults may eat smaller tank mates.


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