Synodontis Angelicus: Great Catfish for an African Cichlid Biotope

Synodontis catfish make up the family of catfish known as Mochokidae. This particular species, Synodontis Angelicus otherwise known as polka-dot or angel cat, is a truly amazing catfish that is very distinct from any other catfish species.

This catfish hails from Zaire:Cameroons, the Congo Basin, Malebo Pool and Mousembe areas of Africa. If anyone is looking for a very beautiful, unique and perfect addition to their African Rift biotope, this cat could be exactly what the doctor ordered.

For the most part this species of catfish is a larger sized cat when compared to Corydoris. Their are many other species of cat that grow very large and are not recommended for a captive environment unless one has a population of large fish and an even larger aquarium. Here is a small tip on cleaning the gravels and stones from FishXperts with the best gravel cleaner and best refugiums.

The Synodontis Angelicus attains a length of 7-8 inches which isn’t to bad for catfish standards. This species is not very aggressive, though at feeding time this cat can go into a feeding frenzy.

The other thing is housing multiple species of Synodontis cats or multiple numbers of the same type of Synodontis. Obviously, some Synodontis cats are more aggressive than others, though the Angelicus is a fairly docile individual for the most part.

Care should be addressed with each addition of Synodontis since each cats personality will differ from the next. The Angelicus cat is a nocturnal individual that will be found hiding by day within your rock work. Once the lights go off, they will leave their home in search of food.

As for feeding your Angelicus cat, it is a pretty easy scenario! Add food when the tank is dark and the cat will come out to eat. Feeding Angelicus cats Is that simple! Now the offering of a balanced diet is crucial to their overall health and long term success.

A mixture of flake, tablet, krill, shrimp and bloodworms should do the trick, with the addition of the tablets, that quickly sink to the bottom of the tank, affording your cat a better chance of getting some of the food that otherwise would be quickly consumed by your fish occupying the pelagic area of your tank, in my opinion.

Small amounts fed periodically once or twice a night is a good regimen to employ to allow your Catfish to feed without gorging itself at one sitting, so to speak.

The coloration of this particular cat in adult size is grey to various shades of deep violet, with contrasting reddish yellow to brownish red spots and throughout the body.

Juvenile Angelicus species are a vibrant black to reddish violet with whitish bars and spots. In both the juvenile and adult Angelicus cats, transverse bars are evident on their dorsal, caudal and ventral fins.

The juvenile Angelicus sports a white stripe that extends across the body just after the dorsal fin, which they will lose once they reach adult status.

Synodontis Angelicus has three pairs of barbs(barbels). One pair of maxillary, and one pair of both inner and outer mandibular barbels.

I can remember looking to purchase one of these gems about 10 years ago. The price associated with these was staggering and the ease of finding one was slim at best.

Over the years, the price has drastically come down as the popularity and ease of purchasing one of these has increased. This is truly a remarkable fish that will offer you a nice addition in both behavior and color/contrast.