The Blotched upside-down catfish, Synodontis nigriventris, is a species of upside-down catfish native to the Congo Basin of Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo.
Appearance and anatomy
Blotched upside-down catfish are small, reaching a maximum of 9.6 centimetres (3.8 in) SL. Like other members of the mochikidae family, they have large eyes, a large dorsal fin and three pair of barbels. These fish are adapted to spend most of their time upside-down. This is reflected in the fish's pigmentation—their bellies are darker than their backs, a form of countershading.
In the aquarium
The blotched upside-down catfish is well suited to aquariums because of its small size (typically 9 or 10 cm or less) and peaceful demeanor. They should be kept in schools of 3 minimum for best effect. They should be fed a variety of good quality flake food, tablet food, frozen bloodworm and live food as daphnia. Provide caves or ledges to them to loaf in.
- Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2011). "Synodontis nigriventris" in FishBase. December 2011 version.
- Axelrod, Herbert R. (1996). Exotic Tropical Fishes. T.F.H. Publications. ISBN 0-87666-543-1.
- Sanford, Gina (1999). Aquarium Owner's Guide. New York: DK Publishing. ISBN 0-7894-4614-6.
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