Lace Catfish (Synodontis nigrita)

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Lace Catfish

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Lace Catfish

Synodontis nigrita

208 Litres (55 US G.)

20.1-22.1cm (7.9-8.7 ")




6.0 - 7.5

21 -26 °C (69.8-78.8°F)

4-15 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-17 years



Additional names

Lace Catfish, Lace Synodontis

Additional scientific names

Hemisynodontis nigrita, Synodontis fascipinna, Synodontis leopardinus, Synodontis negrita, Synodontis ornatus, Synodontis schall


Cannot be visually sexed but can be sexed with physical handling, not recommended unless experienced, see the Planet Catfish link below. There are records of it being bred in aquaria but instances are rare.

Tank compatibility[edit]

Can be aggressive and territorial once mature but should be fine in tanks with similar sized to larger robust yet peaceful mid-top dwelling fish. Can be kept with other Synondontis provided the tank has a large footprint and plenty of hiding places.


Not a fussy eater and should accept most sinking foods as well as live/frozen bloodworm etc.

Feeding regime[edit]

Feed once or twice a day. They have a big appetite so be careful not to overfeed!

Environment specifics[edit]

Provide this fish with a mature spacious tank with plenty of caves and hiding places to choose from.


More aggressive than most Synodontis but can be kept in a large community tank with other Synodontis if given it's own cave. Spends most of it's time hiding but comes out to eat.


Typical Synodontis in shape with a dark grey body with black spots on the body and clear spotted fins giving it a "lace-like" appearance.


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