Upside Down Catfish

Upside Down Catfish
Latin name:
(Synodontis nigriventris)

Care Level





Black, White



Preferred Conditions

75-82° F, KH 4-12, pH 6.0-7.5

Avg. Max Size


Minimum Tank Size

30 gallons


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The Upside Down Catfish is a great addition to a heavily planted aquarium of 30 gallons or more. Not only will it appreciate the driftwood and crevices for hiding, but it also prefers a current in the aquarium. Moreover, it is sensitive to nitrates and therefore requires good water conditions. It can be kept as a schooling fish or in an aquarium with other small Synodontis species, making it an ideal fish to add to your tank. Furthermore, its unique appearance is sure to add a touch of personality and charm to your aquarium’s inhabitants.

The Upside Down Catfish is an interesting species, and one of the most popular aquarium fish. Unfortunately, it is not currently being bred successfully in the aquarium. This is due to the catfish’s reliance on a specific type of food, which is not naturally found in the aquarium environment. Despite this, I am confident that with the right research, we can find a way to breed the Upside Down Catfish in an aquarium setting. With further study and experimentation, we will be able to create the perfect environment to support their needs.

The Upside Down Catfish is an omnivorous fish and should be offered a variety of sinking catfish pellets, freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex, plus a good quality flake food. It will also feed upon algae in the aquarium, and is a good algae controller for a planted community aquarium.