Synodontis lucipinnis, Lake tanganyika Videos


This line of lucipinnis is gradually being bred toward a high contrast white against rich black spots.
These are just getting their adult coloration, and the larger white areas can be seen near the tail on
some, which is all that remains of their juvenile coloring.

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   see video

The Synodontis sold are bred here, from a line obtained from a university that had been breeding
them for study for about 20 years. This is a line that has not come from the pet trade, and we
have been slowly working to get their breeding and raising of the very tiny young dialed in.



           Select Aquatics Presents - Synodontis
       Lucipinnis, Cuckoo Breeding and
                     Tank Repair

     This video introduces a special line of  Synodontis lucipinnis that was maintained
     away from the hobby for 20 years, and is gradually being bred here.
     I also explain "Cuckoo Breeding", possibly the most violent and bizarre breeding practice
     anywhere, and answer customer questions on tank repair.


     Breeding Synodontis Lucipinnis
                             Video 1
After 6 years of experimentation and effort, the results are now are producing the
     lucipinnis consistently and in large numbers. This describes how it is done.
     This video covers  up to the point where the eggs are about to hatch.


    Breeding Synodontis Lucipinnis
                             Video 2
This video covers from the first hatching until the fry are just over 6 weeks old, but have not yet 
     begun to develop their adult coloration.


The Synodontis lucipinnis has always been very popular in the hobby , due to its small size,
attractive markings and friendly, active, non aggressive nature. Unfortunately, they are difficult to 
breed naturally, with tiny, fragile, slow growing fry. As a result, they are bred overseas using hormones,
with forced breeding happening a couple times a year, resulting in occasional availability in limited
numbers out to the pet trade.

Here they are bred naturally, and effort is focused on breeding them consistently with the greatest
number of fry reaching adulthood.

Many hobbyists have had this fish breed for them, the challenge is getting the tiny fry to adulthood,
and we are still making changes to best accomplish this. Our goal is to breed them in large enough
numbers to selectively breed a consistent, high white line of this beautiful fish..




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