Tank biotope congo for Synodontis nigriventris

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Tank biotope congo for Synodontis nigriventris

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Hello,
while waiting to be able to accommodate S. granulosus in their tank, I plan to attempt the reproduction of Synodontis nigriventris. I have 7 specimens (4 of 8 years old and 3 of 4 years old).
I have at my disposal a 160l tank (100 x 40 x 40 cm) which will be entirely dedicated to them.

The decor will be almost entirely composed of fairly large roots (which I already have). I would also like to add some plants for the balance of the tank. I only find anubias and bolbitis, are there other plants that are also found in their natural environment?
According to Planetcatfish, they come from Rubi, a watercourse passing through Buta in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but I can't find any information regarding the plants or the temperatures of this watercourse.

Do you have any information about this biotope?
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As far as I know, they come from the last part of the Rio Congo, which is contrarily to what one would expect, a fast flowing river.

That would imply a lot of current in the tank, with also lots of dissolved oxygen. The Congo will most likely have soft, mildly acidic, water. Say pH 6 to 6.5 and hardness below 8 DH. The river is tropical, and at sea level. So the same temperature as downstream Amazone bioptopes - 27 C or more, would apply.
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They don't live in the main river though, rather vegetation clogged feeder streams.

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Jools wrote: Sat Apr 16, 2022 5:23 pm They don't live in the main river though, rather vegetation clogged feeder streams.

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Do you know what vegetation it is?
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I don't, going from memory, but I read that they were collected in large number (I think with ropefish, Erpetoichthys calabaricus too). I think grasses, but not certain.

This might help visualise it. But also much smaller, almost static, streams too.

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Jools wrote: Mon Apr 18, 2022 12:54 pmThis might help visualise it. But also much smaller, almost static, streams too.

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Weirdly, the link didn't work for me. So let's see if I can use the img function to display it.

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OK so I'm going to go with 2 feet of Anubias barteri. As the tank will be in black water, do you advise me to still put plants on the surface? I know synos don't like the light too much.
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They do like to have caves with overhangs to hang out under. The females will claim a overhang.
I would if I was to do this again set up one tank for just a single pair.
As well as a group situation.
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Oh, great photo. Serenity now! Thank you Eric.

The link didn't work for me either.
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what a cool picture! makes me regret not flying (medical reason)
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Thank you !
There will be a lot of coconuts and roots, I'll post a photo once the tank is full of water.

I will first keep them in groups. If I see that the reproduction works I would leave them like that. If on the other hand I still have no reproduction, I would see to separate couples but I am unfortunately afraid of having only one female in the group of 7.
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As Jools noted, they are collected in feeder streams/rivers of the Congo near Brazzaville. There is a surprising number of papers on the net with information about the rivers and their ichthyofauna. The Djiri, for example, is home to this sp and many other Synos available in the hobby.
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