Pygmy Leopard Catfish

Discussion in 'Catfish' started by Emarley, Aug 4, 2017.

  1. EmarleyNew MemberMember

    Hi all,
    Just in the process of stocking a 65 gallon Malawi cichlid tank and would love a pair of pygmy leopard catfish in my tank.
    From what I've read online it seems a 50/50 split, some say you can keep various catfish/plecs with cichlids, others say just cichlids on there own.
    Any advice on if they would be compatible would be appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.
  2. CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    Welcome to Fishlore, hope our members can help answer your questions today
  3. EmarleyNew MemberMember

    Bumping this thread
  4. chromedome52Fishlore VIPMember

    I'm guessing that you mean a Synodontis lucipinnis, usually called the Dwarf Petricola. This is a good species to put with Malawian Cichlids, even though it is a Tanganyikan catfish. They are often added to help with population control, i.e., they eat cichlid fry. However, they prefer groups, and I would keep 4 in your tank. They prefer bigger groups, but your tank would not support a larger group IMO.

    Most of the other catfish that people try are South American Plecos or Corys, and while sometimes a Pleco will survive, most often they are attacked by the Cichlids.

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