Syno ID (from another forum)

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one more question sorry. Will he grow any more? He's been 5" since i got him so i presume not. Looks like he's been stunted before he came here. :-(
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gonnaenodaethat wrote:I.m a bit sad that he's maybe wild caught but he's got a good life in my tank where he is the boss.
I do agree in some respect, but I've come to the opinion that it's actually BETTER for the natural future of the fishes that they are wild-caught than captive bred in a vast majority of cases. There are exceptions where the fish are caught for the aquatic trade and that actually threatens the wild population, but for 99.8% of all fishes that we see in the trade, the wild-caught fish is a very small dent in the natural population, and the MUCH bigger threat is man interfering with the natural habitat. Now, if the native population can catch fish and ship them to us here in Europe (or North America, Australia, or wherever it may be), then the water and it's inhabitants have some value. Most fish for the aquatic trade aren't really great food fish (they are often too small), so the only real value is as ornamental fish. If they can't sell the fish to us, then they probably still want some money, and will take up other ways of making money - digging for gold, chopping down forest, or some such - and even if they do this ANYWAYS, at least if the rivers bring some income, they may think twice about killing that source of income.

It obviously doesn't stop projects like the Hydroelectric Power dam in Belo Monte on River Xingu that has recently been approved by the Brazil government. The local population is against this dam for any number of reasons (probably not so much that it's going to kill the fish, but that it will "drown" their villages). But the fact that the fish are valuable as income from this river is certainly not making the local population any more for the dam! And don't even think that the local population will benefit from "having electricity" - yes they may, but you don't need nearly as big a power-plant for that. The purpose is to allow aluminium production, which is being exported to Europe, the US, etc).

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mats i.ve read about that project in brazil and wonder who will benefit most. Not the wildlife or local people i don't think. your point about wild caught fish is very interesting and certainly not how i.ve thought about it before. Don't feel so guilty now.
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one more question sorry. Will he grow any more? He's been 5" since i got him so i presume not. Looks like he's been stunted before he came here. :-(
Fish do not always grow to the max stated and many times it is a female that will grow bigger or as you say previous conditions may have affected it's growth...if your fish is this size for the last five years than I would think any more growth would be minimal, it could get thicker but he certainly is in great shape except for the damaged dorsal.

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i know. Its such a shame about it. I.ve looked on the internet for pictures of fish like him to see what his fin should look like but have only found drawings. Maybe i should photoshop him! Only kidding. I.ve enjoyed reading all your posts and i'd like to think i know a little more about my little grumpy syno. Ann
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another 2 photos.
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:d Bringing this old thread up to let you know that 6 years later the now 23 year old synodontis is still thriving. He has moved house with me and while we were doing that we changed from gravel to sand and I wish I'd done it years ago. Anyway alls well and I'm delighted to still have this extrovert of a little syno.
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Excellent to hear it is doing well.

Hehe I just heard of some Synodontis that someone in Finland has kept for 37 years...you might have a few years with your fish yet.

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Wow. Impressive update. Post pics, if you will, please.
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I'll try and get photos at the weekend. He's still camera shy.

37! Then I'll definitely have to leave him in my will to somebody haha
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:d Had an email asking if I wanted to update my species.

Still got him. He's still cantankerous as ever and rules the tank.
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Still got him. 25 years old at least and doesn't look any different from when i first got him. That is when i see him. Still elusive. Lol
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I've still got the 26 year old catfish. Elusive as ever but doing absolutely fabulous.
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Your updates are much appreciated. All thumbs up!
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Old thread again

Yup he's still alive. Nearly 30. I bought led lights for his tank and he prefers the blue light to be on. Still as fussy and grumpy as ever. A very poor video of him but it's about the best view I get. Haha.

https://youtu.be/3dM5vgc-whM
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