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  1. Default Upside Down Catfish


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    Can Anyone give me some info on the upside down catfish, i just bought one, along with 10 neons, 4 tropical plattys and 2 coldwater plattys
    Lots of snakes and lizards
    1 Golden Pearl Flowerhorn.
    1 18" Nano reef.

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    pulled off the net:

    Scientific Name: Synodontis nigriventris
    Family: Mochokidae
    Origin: Zaire and Niger River basin
    Adult Size: 4 inches (20 cm)
    Social: Peaceful
    Lifespan: 5+ years
    Tank Level: All levels
    Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallon
    Diet: Omnivore, eats most foods
    Breeding: Egglayer
    Care: Easy
    pH: 6 - 7.5
    Hardness: 4-15 dGH
    Temperature: 72-79 F (22-26 C)

    Description: Numbered among the Synodontis species, the upside-down catfish is aptly named for its upside down swimming posture. They are a popular species that apparently have been admired for countless centuries, as their images have been found in ancient Egyptian art.
    Considered a dwarf catfish, they reach an adult size of 3-4 inches. Like other members of the Mochikidae family, they have large eyes, a large adipose fin, forked tail, and three pairs of barbels. Their light brown colored body is covered with dark brown blotches of various sizes. Interestingly, the underside of the body is darker hued, which is the opposite of fish that swim with their belly downwards. This reverse coloration serves to camouflage them when they swim at the surface of the water.
    Habitat/Care: Well suited to the aquarium environment, they are peaceful and easy to care for, but are best kept in small schools. Water should be moderately soft and slightly acidic to neutral. Temperate is not critical. A well-planted tank is ideal, preferably using broad-leafed plants, as they like to browse the undersides of leaves. Driftwood, rock arches, and caves that provide places to hide, are recommended. It is quite normal for this fish to hang out on the underside of rocks, leaves, and driftwood.
    Diet: In nature the upside down catfish feeds primarily on insects at the surface of the water. They will also graze on algae to supplement their diet. In the aquarium environment they adapt readily to all types of foods, from dry to live or frozen. For optimum health, provide a varied diet that includes insect larvae when possible.
    Breeding: There have been a limited number of successful spawnings in an aquarium. Females are larger, are paler in coloration, and have a plumper more rounded body, particularly when ready to spawn. Preparation with live foods, and softening the water to mimic spring rains will increase the odds for success. An overturned clay flowerpot or two, or even some PVC pipe, may be offered as a possible spawning location. Parents may be left in the tank after spawning, as they will tend to the brood.

    The eggs hatch in approximately two days, and the fry will feed off the yolk sac, which they carry for four days. Upon the fourth day, they will begin eating freshly hatched brine shrimp. In two months the fry will begin swimming in the characteristic upside down fashion of adults.

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    it says there size is 4 inches (20cm) 4 inches is 10cm lol Thanx jeff
    Lots of snakes and lizards
    1 Golden Pearl Flowerhorn.
    1 18" Nano reef.

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    i wish that we (united states) would just go to the metric system like the rest of the world-- it's so much easier. everthing is in 10's. we always have to be different. lol

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    yeah but we (australia) are turning more like america everyday, im not dissing america in anyway but for god sake in Victoria in Aus they are building "wisterier Lane" and building the houses like the ones featured in desperate housewives, No offence but thats not australian and nor should it be we need to have our own individual things dag nabbit
    Lots of snakes and lizards
    1 Golden Pearl Flowerhorn.
    1 18" Nano reef.

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    none taken. i totally understand! i'm not going to comment on this further, however. this is a sore subject for many, not me though

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    yes, besides this is aboot Upside down catfish, speaking of which mines kinda staying in the same place near the heater just hovering upside down is that normal?
    Lots of snakes and lizards
    1 Golden Pearl Flowerhorn.
    1 18" Nano reef.

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    Great info Jeff, thanks for pulling it and posting. :
    75 gallon curved-front aquarium // 2 cory,2 hatchetfish, 6 cardinal tetras, 5 red barbs 3 silver barbs, 2 glass catfish, 1 upside down catfish, 2 swordtail tetras, 2 honey gouramis, 1 sunset gouramis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Full3R
    yes, besides this is aboot Upside down catfish, speaking of which mines kinda staying in the same place near the heater just hovering upside down is that normal?
    Are there any caves in the aquarium? They like to hide in caves. It is probably in that area that the catfish feels most comfortable.
    Another thing, they like to be in small groups.

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