Fish, Tanks and Ponds

Fish, Tanks and Ponds
A comprehensive guide to fish multimaculatus

Synodontis multimaculatusSynodontis multimaculatus
Photos by Andy Rapson


Synodontis: Greek, syn, symphysis = grown together + Greek, odous = teeth

General Notes:

As with all Synodontis this fish is a little shy through the daytime preferring to keep out of sight except when food is available. The aquarium should be set up with both open swimming spaces and over hanging branches and caves to provide a hiding place. If several specimens are purchased when young they will tolerate each other with just a little territorial behaviour but nothing to serious if the tank is big enough.


Use suitably sized catfish pellets, flake food, granular food supplemented with live or frozen blood worms, glass worms, adult brine shrimps to ensure a varied and balanced diet.


Very difficult and only by expert internal examination, there are no external sexual differences.


Synodontis multimaculatus has so far never been bred in captivity.

Wild status

The wild status of Synodontis multimaculatus is data deficient. It is only known from one location but may be more widespread. There are no known threats to the species.

Information at a glance

pH: 6 - 7.5
dGH: 5 - 25
Temperature: 22 - 26°C (72 - 78°F)
Diet: Omnivore
Size:18cm (6.5in)
Min tank size: 225 litres
Difficulty level: Easy
Aquarium type: Community
Swimming level: Lower

Distribution and habitat

distribution map for Synodontis multimaculatus

Origin: Africa: only known from the type locality, Banzyville on the Ubangi River

Habitat: Main river.


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Siluriformes
Family: Mochokidae
Genus: Synodontis
Species: S multimaculatus
Boulenger, 1902

Synonyms: None