Select Aquatics of Erie, CO.

       Synodontis lucipinnis, Lake Tanganyika       




         Common Name- Dwarf Petricola

         Water Conditions- Temp. 74- 80, Aeration    
        Behavior- Peaceful and non aggressive, An
        Active, Social Fish, will graze throughout day
        Fairly slow growing with a lifespan of 7-10 years  

        Size- 4.0 inches.
        Price- 1-2 inch, $15 each, unsexed. $10.00 under 1"
        Email for larger, or sexed fish Availability.


     The Top pic is a young, just about ready to breed male.
     The 2nd pic is a young female, not yet carrying eggs.
     In the 3rd, pic, a group is quite striking. The markings
     on each fish is different.

     The Top fish at Right is about 1.5 inches and recently
     into its full adult coloration, and ready for sale.

     In the lower pic at Right, this fish still shows remains of 
     its juvenile coloration. The vertical body white stripe will 
     disappear shortly and is totally normal.



            An active, friendly, long lived and attractive fish, these are often unavailable in pet stores. They are generally bred
           overseas using chemicals and hormones, with limited availability. After years of learning to naturally breed and raise  
           the fry of  this attractive and easy to keep fish, we are finally able to offer these for sale in limited quantities.

          Smaller than the Syn. petricola, it is similar in appearance, but shows a much lighter background against the larger jet
          black spots, and we have recently begun to selectively breed this fish for a lighter background against high contrast spots.

          Very hardy and active, they will dart about the bottom feeding throughout the day. Excellent community fish, they will
          hide together in plants or rockwork, and prefer secure places to keep going back to as they patrol the tank.

          They will eat most fish foods, and do best on a varied diet of foods that are both carnivorous and vegetable  based.

          This line has never been exposed to or bred using hormones.

          For more information on this fish and its care requirements, click HERE.

          As well, the method I use here to breed this fish is carefully described and explained in 2 videos that can be
          seen from the video block above -



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Considered difficult to breed with
consistentcy, particularly in the home
aquarium, they are bred using hormones
by commercial breeders. The
commercially available lucipinnis are
considered by many not to be as healthy
and nicely colored as naturally bred fish.

This line of lucipinnis has been out of the
commercial hobby since the early 1990s,
and has never been exposed to hormones
or triggers to force them to spawn.

After 6 years of experimenting, breeding
them consistently and in larger numbers
was accomplished, allowing for the
selective breeding of exceptional fish!

The method, setup and all you need
to know to spawn these for yourself can
be seen by clicking the Video Box


Though the lucipinnis has now been here for 7-8 years, I am only now showing results of efforts to
produce a truly higher white fish. I will continue with this effort, and anticipate that this line will
continue to evolve over coming generations. Please keep an eye on the homepage for 





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