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1cm - 10cm

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Synodontis nigriventris, commonly known as the Upside-Down Catfish, is a captivating and unique freshwater fish that adds a touch of curiosity and charm to any aquarium. With its peculiar habit of swimming upside down, Synodontis nigriventris is a popular choice among aquarists who seek an intriguing and low-maintenance fish for their tanks. Originating from Africa, particularly the Congo Basin and Cameroon, these catfish are known for their peaceful nature, social behavior, and their ability to thrive in a variety of water conditions. Let's explore a detailed description of these remarkable catfish, including essential information on their appearance, water conditions, tank setup, feeding habits, and care.


  • Distinctive Coloration: Synodontis nigriventris has a dark brown to black body with lighter markings, and its undersides are white or light-colored, making them easily recognizable and captivating in the aquarium.
  • Size: They are relatively small catfish, reaching an adult length of around 3 to 4 inches (7 to 10 centimeters) in captivity.

Water Conditions:

  • Temperature: Maintain a tropical water temperature range of 73°F to 82°F (23°C to 28°C) to ensure the well-being of Synodontis nigriventris.
  • pH Level: Aim for a slightly acidic to neutral pH level between 6.0 and 7.5 to replicate their natural habitat.
  • Water Hardness: Provide a moderately soft to moderately hard water with a hardness level between 5 and 15 dGH.

Tank Setup:

  • Tank Size: Synodontis nigriventris can be kept in a small to medium-sized tank of at least 20 gallons (75 liters) due to their small size and social nature.
  • Aquascape: Create a well-decorated environment with hiding spots like caves, driftwood, and rocks to mimic their natural habitat and offer security.
  • Peaceful Tank Mates: They are generally peaceful and can be kept with other peaceful community fish species.

Feeding Habit:

  • Omnivorous Diet: Synodontis nigriventris is an omnivore and accepts a wide variety of foods.
  • High-Quality Pellets and Flakes: Offer high-quality sinking pellets or flake food suitable for catfish as their primary diet.
  • Supplementary Foods: Provide occasional treats of live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp, daphnia, or bloodworms to supplement their diet.


  • Peaceful Nature: Synodontis nigriventris is generally peaceful and can be kept with other peaceful community fish species.
  • Social Behavior: They are social and should be kept in a group of at least six individuals to feel secure and exhibit their natural behaviors.
  • Observation: Monitor their behavior and appearance to ensure they are healthy and showing no signs of stress or illness.

Synodontis Nigriventis

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