Long story - but I rescued 2 baby Synodontis Catfish while taking down a 125g tank. 2" of water, no filtration or heat for 6 days. While I was emptying the remaining water I saw them! No idea who their parents are (I had 2 Angelicus, 1 Bruchardi, 2 fake Grannies and a Decorus) - I gave away my adult Catfish last month! They must have been hatching since then ... surprise surprise!
Oh they're not going anywhere! I recently moved 11 of my 18 tanks (another long story). I kept one FW fish, my 12" Buttikoferi) - gave away / sold 2+ 125g tanks full of Synos and Cichlids! My Granny sale was posted earlier ...
Anyway - I have a real sweet spot for baby anything! I'll obviously need to setup a grow-out tank. For now, they're happy in the only tank I had left in inventory (uugg, Fluval Edge).
Here's a still pix - very difficult to take a shot, quick little guys! They look like Multis - but I never ever had Multis in that tanks! Ideas?
Progress Report: ... what is it they say ... cats have 9 lives? Well, these little guys have used up 3 so far! I didn't see them for a few days - figured they just crawled into a crack on the one rock in their tank. Nope. They made it thru the sponge on the filter intake, passed the impeller, must have dropped between the media ... and I found them swimming at the very bottom!
They're very very slightly larger ... but still too tiny to get a good shot.
It really is fascinating. I had 2 125g tanks full of Cichlids and Synos - I had plenty of Cichlid babies, but this is a first for me! I sold my Grannies, broke down each tank, and now this ... something tells me I'll be starting up another FW tank soon! LOL ... mind you, after giving away a 75g tank last month, I just bought another one for a turtle I adopted - so much for paring down!
I understand downsizing must be done and choices must be made. Personally something drastic has to happen for me to give away synos or certain plecos. Even with the fighting, I was thinking...Hmm, can I get them a larger tank?...
Hey, Sandee. Congrats on your surprising find. Keep us posted as to how the babies look when they begin to mature. Based on the list of Synos you said were in the tank, I'm going to have to agree with Birger. They are most likely baby S. angelica... which would be pretty awesome.
I've got a trio (2 females and 1 male) in a 125gal tank with some adult Uaru, clown loaches, and odessa barbs. I'm planning on setting up a 150 gal rubbermaid stocking tank when resources will allow to try to breed the S. angelica as I don't think the conditions in my tank are ideal for survival of the eggs and fry.
I'm curious to know the conditions in the tank you found the fry in. What temp, pH, filtration, and substrate did you maintain? What types of water changes did you do? I have spoken with some people who've bred some of the riverine species of Synodontis and the consensus seems to be that gravel/sand substrate doesn't work well for breeding. They've mostly had success with dirt/mud or yarn substrate.
Great to hear your comments, and very cool that we're all sharing in the excitement ... I'll get into the details of the tank soon, in the meantime, here's a video progress report! You can start to see them more clearly now!