UPSIDE-DOWN CATFISH

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I am from So. Cal. and shop at Global Aquatics in Ontario (They have the coolest 4 foot shark that is friendly! Sometimes I go just to see him!) Anyway, I was looking for an upside-down catfish like I saw at Walmart during the holidays. I don't know the "real" name but it's brownish with a dorsal fin and eyes on the bottom and it swims this way. I thought it was a regular catfish that was about to die but they had a whole tank of them and were selling them quickly. Any ideas or regular name?
 

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Synodontis nigriventris or contractus are the two most commonly sold up side downs.
I would bet it is nigriventris.

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Would an upside down catfish do well in my 27 gal hexagonal tank (read below for fish listing)? Or would a Columbian shark be better? I am aware that it is a brackish fish but the people at my lfs said it is OK to have in a freshwater tank because it is used to it but they also said that it would be more prone to disease and I accept that. Or is the tank not long enough for the Columbian shark? Thanks.
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My upside down catfish is almost invisible, I should warn you. Never shows a whisker unless its semI dark. in the display tanks they are bold simply because there are probably a couple of dozen of them and they don't offer good places for fish to hide so that they can be seen by customers. However I have a well planted tank and I've found mine hiding underneath the leaves of a sword plant only after careful looking. Just fair warning; they can apparently be quite shy.
 

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USD Cats are actually nocturnal. It is normal for them to hide during daytime. Make sure you put some sinking wafers for them after you turnoff the light.
 

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