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Featherfin Catfish

Updated on February 25, 2011
Featherfin Catfish
Featherfin Catfish

My Fish

My Featherfin was sold as a cory to us in a petstore once upon a time. He was odd looking, and has a large back fin. We could not determine the species, after we found out it wasn't a corydora. Then it grew, seemingly, overnight. It was in a ten gallon for a time, moving on to a 25, and then (at 8 inches, to our 55 gallon. It has been about 4 years, and he is our favorite fish. He is a great species, as absolutely beautiful.

Below you will find information on the Featherfin Catfsih.

Many Featherfins
Many Featherfins


 Basic Care and Behavior: Some say they are hard to care for, but ours lives perfectly fine in basic condditions. (Please trust me, I know) Our featherfin lives in a community tank with other much smaller fish it could easily eat. (but not too many) It has lives there for quite a while and a fish has never dissapeared. Some say they are territorial, and I agree. No ther fish ventures toward his spot. But, when he is out swimming, other fish dont hide or swim away. He is very peaceful. (But, correct me if im wrong...) Featherfin catfish must have rocks or a cave to hide in, for them to be happy. They also enjoy live plants.They can live in temperatures from 73 to 80 degrees farenheit. The minimum tank size should be 40 gallons. They live old, and some have been reported to live to 18 years. Care of this fish will be a long term commitment. They swim at the bottom of the tank.

Description: They have a very large and beautiful Dorsal fin. They have a body that is gray with dull gray spots.

Food:  They eat live foods and insects, flake food, algae pellets, Blood worms, and brine shrimp. They are good eaters.

Breeding: You cannot tell the gender of theese fish by looking at them. They lay eggs but are very very hard to breed. Professionals only should attempt.

Can be called: Featherfin Catfish, Featherfin Synodontis, Sqeaker Catfish, Sqeaker synodontis.


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      WarHound 4 years ago

      They can be sexed.

      Females have a shorter fin and are usually more fat,males tend to have a longer/higher fin.

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      Catfish lover 5 years ago

      I have two featherfins. One I just got today. There was one big fight in the beginning but after the dominance was established they get along fine and enjoy each others company. They are my favorite fish in my cichlid aquarium and recommend this specice to anyone.

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      PADDYBOY60 5 years ago from Centreville Michigan

      Very interesting hub.

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      Cazby 6 years ago

      Wow, ty for this. Mine was also sold to us in error, but we love it more than anything. I was about to give it away thinking it was eating some fish, but we watched the fish for some time and realised it is exactly how you discribe, peaceful and happy in its own space. We will now ensure he is the fish to keep. ty sooo much...