Brichardi Synodontis Catfish
The Synodontis Brichardi Catfish, a close relative of the popular Upside-Down Catfish (Synodontis nigriventris), adds fascinating visual interest to the lower regions of your aquarium. In addition to its aesthetic appeal, this catfish species is an active forager that plays a crucial role in cleaning up your aquarium by consuming leftover food, detritus, and algae.
Originating from the turbulent rapids of the Congo River, the Synodontis Brichardi Catfish showcases specialized adaptations for fast-flowing water. It possesses a hydrodynamic, low-profile body and a mouth with a "sucker" structure that aids in clinging onto rocks. With its dark espresso brown body coloration and stylish vertical stripes, this catfish exhibits a simple yet elegant appearance. Its large, inquisitive eyes give it a distinct personality.
To ensure the well-being of the Synodontis Brichardi Catfish, it is recommended to provide an aquarium landscape with a fine sandy substrate, ample hiding spots such as large roots, caves, and crevices. A minimum tank size of 50 gallons is suitable. This catfish species is sensitive to nitrates, so maintaining high water quality is essential for its overall health. Strong water movement, which can be achieved through the addition of a powerhead, is also vital for proper care.
While the Synodontis Brichardi Catfish is relatively peaceful, it can exhibit territorial behavior towards other Synodontis catfish. It is advisable to avoid housing similar-looking species or larger, more aggressive tank mates. Instead, choose medium to large peaceful fish as companions for the best compatibility.
Being an omnivore, the Synodontis Brichardi Catfish should be offered a varied diet. This can include sinking catfish pellets, spirulina pellets, algae wafers, thawed/frozen bloodworms, brine shrimp, mysis shrimp, as well as high-quality flake food.
Overall, the Synodontis Brichardi Catfish is a captivating addition to your aquarium, providing both aesthetic appeal and functional benefits as a diligent scavenger and cleaner.