Thread: Upside down catfish-need help
09-26-2010, 12:07 PM #1
Upside down catfish-need help
This is my first post, and i am very new to fish keeping, so excuse me if i sound like an idiot.
My plan is to have three upside down catfish in my tank, but im not entirely sure how aggressive the can get. i was just wondering if i were to have pygmy cory's in the tank with them, would they be to small and be bullied by the catfish.
thanks, 100% hugz and kissez.
09-26-2010, 07:08 PM #2
What size tank do you have? I have a upside down cat and while they aren't overly agressive. They will defend there area and will eat smaller fish. If you want 3 you should have room for all of them to have their own areas in the tank.
09-27-2010, 01:13 AM #3
sorry i have no idea about upside down cats =P. good luck
09-27-2010, 09:59 PM #4
Im assuming the upside down cat your asking about is Synodontis nigriventris.They are generally peaceful but prefer to be in groups of 5+. In a 29gallon tank(noticed this from your other post) you will want to decorate the tank to encourage the synos to use the mid to upper levels of the tank to eliminate competition with the corys. Driftwood with long branches, floating plants or tall plants with broad leaves are a few options.
If the upside down cat is not Synodontis nigriventris then it will most likely grow too large for your tank.“The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.”
09-27-2010, 10:11 PM #5
I keep a rather large fat featherfin in a 58 gal with several small coorys including a dwarf.they remain un eaten and the ff pays them no mind at all.they have rather small mouths for there size and would not be able eat any but th e tiniest of fish and are not generally fish eaters anyway.fry and eggs will be hoovered immediatly.
09-28-2010, 12:27 AM #6Originally Posted by hari-goshi
Thnx for the help guys, really appreciated.
10-19-2010, 01:05 AM #7
The only true upside down cat is the Synodontis nigriventris. My local petland sells Syndontis Eupterus as upside down cats but its not the same species. The S. Eupterus are also called Featherfin cats and will get quite large- up to 8-9 inches and they get FAT too- they have a lot of girth.
I would recommend this book (link below)- its very useful and it has a nice big section on all of the various synodontis catfish species- it will help you recognize them and will explain the differences
This is a eupterus (not a true upside down cat)
Eupterus- Even though it is upside down in this pic- still not the S. nigriventris
This is a S. nigriventris- a real upside down cat
20g planted, 14g planted, 125g planted, 224g tank- redesign in process, 29 QT