Upside-Down Catfish (Synodontis nigriventris), USA Bred!
Upside-Down Catfish (Synodontis nigriventris), USA Bred!
Upside-Down Catfish (Synodontis nigriventris), USA Bred!
Upside-Down Catfish (Synodontis nigriventris), USA Bred!
Upside-Down Catfish (Synodontis nigriventris), USA Bred!

Upside-Down Catfish (Synodontis nigriventris), USA Bred!

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The Upside-Down Catfish is a classic aquarium fish that is very active and well-known for its unusual swimming habits. We now have tank-bred specimens!


The Upside-Down Catfish is an interesting, distinctively marked scavenger that is highly unique in its behavior.  As the name indicates, it regularly swims upside down in order to see predators and to feed on the undersides of plant leaves and other fish.  Additionally, it possesses darker coloration on its underside than on its back, which is quite unusual in freshwater fish.

The Upside-Down Catfish is a smaller Synodontis catfish.  It is suitable for many smaller community and semi-aggressive aquariums.  The Upside-Down Catfish is a peaceful predator, so it should not be housed with any animals that could potentially fit into its mouth (which is relatively small for a catfish).  Snails, as well as large Vampire Shrimp, Flower/Bamboo shrimp, and possibly large Amano Shrimp can be kept with the Upside-Down Catfish, but dwarf shrimp, microrasboras, and neon tetras may be eaten. All larger tankmates will be ignored.
The Upside-Down Catfish is most active at night, so evening feeding of flake foods, sinking pellets, or live and frozen meaty foods is recommended.  Unlike many catfish, it will often feed at the surface of the water.  This fish is often also active during daytime hours, but resting areas such as caves, driftwood, and planted areas are required.  It is an otherwise hardy and undemanding fish that can thrive as a single specimen or in a group. 
What We Like About This Fish:
  • Varied tan/brown/cream blotchy coloration with black spots
  • Peaceful disposition with any tankmates too large to be swallowed
  • Hardy and adaptable
  • Excellent scavenger and nocturnal feeder that will not bother plants
  • Unique swimming habits
  • Temperature:  72° - 82° F (22° - 28° C)
  • pH:  6.0 - 8.0 (7.6 is most ideal but not required as this is a very adaptable fish)
  • KH:  6 - 15 dKH
  • Minimum tank size:  20 gallons
  • Diet:  Carnivorous.  High-quality sinking pellets and freeze-dried or frozen meaty foods will be readily accepted.
  • Social behavior:  Peaceful with any animals too large to be swallowed.  Can be kept singly or in groups.
  • Origin:  Central Africa, Congo Basin.
  • Average adult size:  3 - 4 inches (7.5 - 10 cm)
  • Average purchase size:  1 - 1.5 inches (2.5 - 3.8 cm) 
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For the safety of our animals, we only ship live fish, crabs, and select other inverts exclusively via UPS 1 Day Air.  If your order contains this item, you will only see UPS 1 Day Air as a shipping option during checkout. If other items are in your cart that can ship with  2 day or standard shipping options the only shipping method you can still select is UPS 1 Day Air. 

UPS 1 Day is a description of the duration of time a shipment will spend in transit once it has been shipped. This does not guarantee the package will be shipped the same or next day from which the order was placed.

Shipping Schedule for this service

UPS 1 Day: Monday through Thursday

Current Handling Time:

1-9 business days

Here at Aquatic Arts, we consider the welfare of the live animals we are shipping to be of the foremost importance. This process is much more involved than simply creating a shipping label and affixing it to a box. Depending on the order, it takes from 4 to 7 people to complete this process properly. We check the weather conditions here where they fly out of the Indianapolis UPS facility and the destination for each shipment. We start early each morning and go through a multi-step process to have the day's shipments prepared in time for the UPS pickup. The volume of orders in our system also affects the processing time. Therefore our stated handling time is 1-9 business days. 

Shipping Rate

Pricing is by size of package needed to fill entire order and distance it must travel. It will be calculated at checkout.



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