The Featherfin Squeaker (Synodontis Eupterus) or Featherfin Synodontis are a species of Synodontis catfish. Their ability to make noises to communicate with one another and their high feather-like fin give them their name.
The Featherfin Squeakers inhabit much of Central Africa and can be mainly found in the basins of the White Nile, Volta and Niger Rivers, and the Chad basin.
They are fairly large, reaching 11.8 inches (30 cm) in the wild and 6-8 inches in an aquarium. Therefore, they require a decent-sized aquarium, preferably over 50 gallons, with lots of hiding places, particularly driftwood. Water in the tank should be of temperature 72.0 °F to 81.0 °F (22.2 °C to 27.2°C) and pH of 5.6 to 7.5.
Featherfin Squeakers are not aggressive but aren’t necessarily peaceful either and can therefore be termed as semi-aggressive. They pose little risk to small fish, and there is species internal bullying, which is rarely life-threatening but could cause stress.
The Featherfin Squeaker is long-lived and commonly has a lifespan of 8 to 10 years.
Featherfin Squeakers are omnivores and will consume both plant and animal-based foods. Like most catfish, they are primarily scavengers and will eat most available items that are edible. They feed on insect larvae, algae, and any other food source they can scavenge in the wild.
In the aquarium, the Featherfin Squeakers are not hard to feed at all. Meaty foods and vegetable tablets will be appreciated by these species.
The most suitable foods for the Featherfin Squeakers are;
The Featherfin Squeakers mostly enjoy the company of their genus, but like most Synodontis, they have a hierarchy system based on size where the dominant Featherfin will get the best hiding place.
The Featherfin squeakers are not suitable for community aquarium environments with smaller fish species, delicate fish species, or small ornamental shrimp as they would be considered as food.
Featherfish Squeaker Synodontis do best when kept with;
The Featherfin Squeaker will obtain a length of 6 to 8 inches (15-20 cm) in the aquarium, and up to 11.8 inches (30cm) in the wild.
Are Featherfin Squeakers Synodontis aggressive?
Featherfin Squeakers are neither aggressive nor peaceful and can therefore be termed as semi-aggressive. They can sometimes be aggressive towards each other but are mostly peaceful towards other similarly-sized species in their environment.
What fish can live with the Featherfin Squeaker?
The Featherfin Squeakers should not be kept with any small fish to be considered food and larger fish that could harass them. The ideal tankmates for the Featherfin Squeakers include Alestiid Tetras, African Cichlids, New World Cichlids, Mormyrids, and Knifefish.
Scientific Name: Synodontis eupterus
Size Range: 6-7” at maturity
Breeding: Egg scatters
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We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We can replace fish butshipping costs is the responsibilityof the buyer.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures,within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolve the issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
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"The fish I received do not look like the fish in thepicture. Why is this?"
- We typically take photographs of one or two fish when we initially get them in. Since we have a large quantity of most of the various species of fish, it would be understandably impossible to provide a picture ofevery individual fish with a specific species. For some of our more rare orlarger fish, the picture listed may be the actual fish that you are receiving.If this is the case, it will be designated by ?WYSIWYG?, meaning ?what you see,is what you get?.
"What happens if my fish arrive dead?"
- While this is a rare occurrence, it can and willhappen from time to time. Fish are live animals and we cannot ensure that everyone will arrive alive or remain alive.We do ask that if your fisharrives dead (DOA), submit a picture of the deceased fish that is in the bag.We will work quickly with you to resolve the problem. We will offer replacement fish for any losses, but do not offer refunds at this time. We will reship any replacement fish at the buyer's expense.If you put the fish in your tank and it dies or is not acting properly, please contact us, with pictures, within 24 hours. We will again, do everything in our power to resolvethe issue and ensure that you have a great experience with these fish.
"What if I'm not home when the fish arrive?"
- We will always provide you with a tracking number. While the fish are packaged to survive about 72+ hours within the shipping containers, we do ask that you make arrangements to arrive home to inspect your fish as soon as possible after they are delivered to your home. Itis always suggested to provide an area for the delivery person to place the boxthat is out of direct sunlight or extreme temperatures.
"What do I do with my fish once I've unpacked them?"
- Like you would with any new fish, let the entire bag float in your tank for 15-30 minutes. This allows the temperature withinthe bag to adjust to the same as your tank and will reduce temperature shock onthe fish. After this time, you can add all of the fish and water that is in thebag into your tank. The products used within the water for shipping will notharm any existing fish within your tank and actually makes the transition foryour new fish a bit easier. After this, expect your new fish to take a few daysto become fully adjusted, this includes hiding, floating at the top, sinking tothe bottom, and not eating. After a few days, your new fish should be acting aswimming like they normally would. At this point, enjoy your aquarium!
"I want to return my new fish because x,y,z?"
- Unfortunately, we are unable to accept returns.We do recommend contacting us via email with yourorder number and as much information as possible. We will try to assist you inresolving whatever the issue may be.
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