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Confused yet pleased, Mochokid cross   1/19/10
Good afternoon Crew, a few weeks ago a bunch of guys I know got together and organized a deal from a wholesaler. I know that this is often an unwise course of action (we have seen a lot of DAA, for a bunch of "this guy is totally fly by night" type reasons). Live and learn for those guys I guess.
I didn't order much myself but one fish caught my eye and I ordered it on a whim (and a love of the SYNODONTIS family).
It was advertised as a SYNODONTIS ANGELICUS x OCELLIFER crossbreed or hybrid. I was not familiar with this practice, and was curious what such a beast would look like.
<Hard to imagine it'd be better looking than either of these two species, but who knows. Certainly both these species are very attractive, particularly when young. I'm generally not wild about hybrids, but in the case of species that aren't likely to breed in aquaria, and aren't likely to get back into the wild, that's more a philosophical bias than a meaningful argument against their creation. That said, identifying true species is hard enough sometimes, so if these the hybrids become too widely traded, and their parentage is lost amid a plethora of trade names, we could end up with a situation where unwitting aquarists end up with Synodontis that they cannot identify and cannot plan their aquarium around. Sadly, that's the situation with about 95% of the "African cichlids" sold in US pet stores.>
Still young the cat is built longer and leaner than I am accustom to,
<Both its parents are streamlined, fairly fast-water Synodontis rather than lake or ditch dwellers, hence the shape. And of course, the accent on good water quality and a strong water current.>
colored with a rich golden tan and black dots. Active at night he takes no guff from the rest of the night shift, eats well and dashes from cave to cave in what seems like a sensible manner for a young cat in a big community tank with some shady characters.
<Paul Loiselle once described Synodontis as having a Moses-like approach to repaying transgressions in kind! Certainly they tend to be well able to hold their own alongside cichlids, loaches and Loricariids.>
I'm thrilled with the addition, he punches above his weight, looks good, generally rounding out the bottom of the tank well.
What do you know of this practice?
<Very little. S. angelicus has been bred over the years, commercially, using hormones, as have one or two other commercially worthwhile species.
So my guess is that this is someone's idea of a bright idea. None of the Synodontis are easy to breed, so those guys doing it commercially (often in Eastern Europe, for some reason) are doing so using hormones. At least one
other hybrid is traded, S. angelicus x schoutedeni, and hybrids do occur in the wild too, apparently. A little time on Google searching "Synodontis" and "hybrids" will turn up a modest literature, both scientific and hobbyist. On the whole "serious" fishkeeping writers tend to be hostile towards hybrids because in terms of collecting interesting species, they're meaningless. But at the same time there are lots of more casual hobbyists who enjoy them. Whether these fish are worthwhile or, as you say, malarkey, ultimately depends on your point of view.>
Are you familiar with this particular Hybrid? Have I been sold a bunch of malarkey and am just looking at a SYNODONTIS that I'm unfamiliar with?
<Could well be a hybrid if so described.>
Thanks in advance,
<Cheers, Neale.>

Breeding Lake Malawi Catfish 7/7/05 Hello, I was interested in breeding S. njassae and I am in need of a protocol to follow.  Do you have any idea where I can find this information?  I Googled, but I did not find detailed information.  Any help would be appreciated. < This fish is not being worked on by aquarists because there is more money in breeding other species from Lake Tanganyika. Look for articles on breeding Syn petricola and Syn multipunctatus. Other areas to check would be Planetcatfish.com.-Chuck> Vanessa

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