are a species of upside down catfish endogenous to Lake Tanganyika Africa. This Synodontis species is smaller reaching five inches or so in length. As with other species of this genus they are omnivorous in the wild where they feed on invertebrates. Synodontis polli is listed on the IUCN red list of endangered species
but assessed as least concern although threatened locally from overfishing and siltation.
Synodontis polli seem to prefer lower lighting in terms of brightness in the aquarium. This due to their natural surroundings of muddy lake bottoms where the lighting is inherently low to begin with. Providing rocks and hiding places will work well as is consistent with Lake Tanganyika cichlid tanks. Tolerates an alkaline pH range of 7.8 – 9.2 with temperatures between 74 to 82 degrees.