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I have a very tame synodontis eupterus approximately 3 years old and about 4.5 - 5 inches. I know this species is a predator but he lives with ottocinclus and other small fish and has never touched them.

Is putting a few shrimp in the tank for a month a viable method of checking for compatability? Basically is there a risk of him developing a taste for shrimp later rather than sooner when first exposed to them. I'd really like to know if hes going to eat them before getting a bunch of amano shrimp.
 

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There are times when I can leave my cats unattended nearby an opened can of tuna, and I'll come back a minute later and the tuna is still there. Unfortunately, this does not mean my cats don't eat tuna.
 

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Rather small for a Syno Eupterus at that age isn't it? I've had mine for 7 months (bought at 1.5" at PetSmart) and he/she is now a girthy 5.5". I also keep mine with Ottos with no casualties.

I would give it a shot personally.
 

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I have four adult syno's (two of them going on fifteen years old now) in a 90 gal along with some rainbows, bushynose plecos, and otos. The synos can be a little pushy toward each other occasionally, as they are pretty territorial, but I've never seen them go after any other fish. I haven't kept shrimp in that tank, but I've had multiple oto spawnings, and even when they were just tiny, no problems with the synos.

FWIW...
 

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My Synod would eat anything it could fit into its mouth, including an entire school of black neon tetras. Pretty sure it snagged them at night when the fish were sleeping. :icon_frow

Catfish love shrimp.
 
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