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Average Size: The Cuckoo Catfish, known for its endearing appearance, typically grows to an average size of 3 to 4 inches (7.5-10 cm) when fully mature.


Tank Size Required: To provide the best living conditions for your Cuckoo Catfish, we recommend a tank size of at least 20 gallons. A larger tank, however, allows for a more natural and spacious habitat.


Temperament: These catfish are known for their peaceful and unobtrusive nature, making them excellent additions to community aquariums. They are typically shy and prefer to hide during the day, so provide plenty of hiding spots in your tank.


Unique Traits: The Cuckoo Catfish, also known as the Cuckoo Synodontis Catfish, is easily recognizable by its striking pattern of white spots on a dark background, resembling the plumage of a cuckoo bird. Their charming and quirky appearance adds a touch of intrigue to your aquarium.


Origin: Cuckoo Catfish are native to various regions in Africa, including the Congo Basin and the Ubangi River.


Other Names: They are sometimes referred to as Cuckoo Synodontis Catfish.


Ease of Care: Cuckoo Catfish are considered "Easy" to care for, making them suitable for both beginner and experienced aquarists. They are undemanding and adapt well to various water conditions.


Diet: These omnivorous catfish are not picky eaters. They readily accept high-quality flakes, pellets, frozen or live foods like brine shrimp, bloodworms, and sinking catfish pellets. Ensure a balanced diet to maintain their health and vibrancy.


Characteristics and Looks: The Cuckoo Catfish's most distinguishing feature is its dark body adorned with a mosaic of white spots, resembling a cuckoo bird's plumage. Their slender and elongated shape, along with their endearing pattern, makes them a visually appealing addition to your aquarium.


Water Parameters:

  • pH: 6.0 - 7.5
  • gH (General Hardness): 5 - 12 dGH
  • kH (Carbonate Hardness): 2 - 8 dKH
  • TDS (Total Dissolved Solids): 150 - 300 ppm
  • Temperature: 74-80°F (23-27°C)


Disclaimer: Please note that these are general guidelines, and for more accurate values, we encourage you to contact Living Aquarium by phone or in person. Within store hours, our team of experts is always happy to answer any questions you may have and provide personalized guidance on care.

Cuckoo Catfish

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