Microsynodontis polli is one of three poorly documented pygmy Synodontis species, the other two being M. lamberti and M. batesii. They origin from Western to Central Africa, M. polli is reported for the upper Niger in Guinea and Liberia. Their maintenance is no problem as long as the water is soft and slightly acidic, although people have successfully kept them in neutral to slightly alkaline water. A moderate current will do. It is a very peaceful fish. They do best in species tanks. Or at least, the tank should not have any boisterous species such as larger Cichlids. As they are schooling fish they should be kept in a group of 6 or more. M. polli will take most prepared aquarium foods such as frozen bloodworm, whiteworm, tablet food and sunken flake. Breeding reports are not known. Females are rounder in the body than males.
(Photo: Erwin Schraml, Text: Klaus Diehl)
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