Upside Down Catfish

Published August 6, 2019
Author: Mike - FishLore Admin
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The Upside Down Catfish (Synodontis nigriventris) is an interesting catfish that starts swimming upside down at around two months of age. They are frequently found near cover such as driftwood, caves or plants.

They do well in groups of 5 or more and they will do well fish species that have similar water requirements and temperament. They get to around 3.75 inches (9.6 cm) when grown and an aquarium that is 30 gallons in size or larger is recommended.

Synodontis nigriventris Synodontis nigriventris

They are omnivores and will eat algae, sinking pellet foods, fresh veggies like zucchini or cucumbers. Keep them in groups and provide plenty of driftwood, caves, etc to help make them feel at home.

School of Upside Downs School of Upside Down Catfish 2 Synodontis nigriventris and fake plants Synodontis nigriventris


Upside Down Catfish Care

Scientific Name : Synodontis nigriventris

Common Names : Upside Down Catfish, Blotched upsidedown catfish

Care Level : Easy

Size : Up to 3.75 inches (9.6 cm)

Water Parameters : pH 6 - 8 | Temperature : 71°F - 79°F (22°C - 26°C) | Water Hardness : 5° to 12° dH

Lifespan : several years

Origin / Habitat : Congo River Basin in Africa

Temperament / Behavior : Somewhat shy and reclusive

Breeding : No successful breeding attempts in the home aquarium that we know of. They are egg layers and will tend to the eggs.

Aquarium Size : 30 gallons (115 liters), does well in groups

Tank Mates : Similar sized fish species with similar water requirements.

Fish Disease : Freshwater Fish Disease

Food : Considered an omnivore but will eats lots of algae and may go after sinking pellets and algae wafers.

Tank Region : Likes to hide near caves or driftwood

Gender : Males may be darker colored and slightly smaller.

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