Upsidedown Catfish

Other Upsidedown Catfish Names: Upsidedown Catfish

Upsidedown Catfish Scientific Name: Synodontis nigriventris

Upsidedown Catfish (Synodontis nigriventris))

Temperature Range: 72°F-80°F
pH Range: 6.4-8.4
Hardness Range: 5-15°

Family: Mochokidae

Species Type: African Catfish

Upsidedown Catfish Adult Size: 4 inches (cm)

Upsidedown Catfish Life Expectancy: 15 years

Upsidedown Catfish Habitat: African Rivers (Zaire)

Upsidedown Catfish Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons

Upsidedown Catfish Temperament: Peaceful commnity fish

Upsidedown Catfish Diet & Nutrition: Omnivorous - Mosquito and other insect larvae are the primary food of the Upside Down Catfish and are the best choice of food, though it will eat flakes.

Upsidedown Catfish Description: The upside down catfish is a member of the Mochokidae family of fish. It has three sets of barbels, a forked tail and very large eyes. It is named the upside down catfish because it indeed spends most of the time swimming upside down with its belly toward the surface of the water. It is very popular with aquarium hobbyists because of its unique orientation and the fact that it is a dwarf catfish that will not get too large for home aquariums. The coloration of the upside down catfish is light brown with patches of darker brown. Unlike other catfish, the belly of this fish is darker. This is believed to help with camouflage so the fish is harder for predators to see from above the water's surface.

Tank Mate Compatibility: Elephant Noses, Baby Whales, African Black Knife Fish, and other Synodontis Catfish are good tank mates. This species is also commonly used in African Cichlid tanks.

Upsidedown Catfish Breeding & Spawning: Breeding is difficult but possible in a home aquarium. Most Synodontis species cannot be bred at all in captivity so the fact that the upside-down catfish can be bred at all reduces the price in comparison to other Synodontis species. Breeding occurs in the spring during the rainy season when the water becomes softer. To induce breeding, slowly lower the softness of the water to about 5-10 dGH and raise the temperature a few degrees F.

Determining Upsidedown Catfish Sex: Males tend to be darker in color and females tend to be a little more round.

Aquarium Region: All over but prefers the surface area.

Upsidedown Catfish Diseases: None specific to species.

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