03-27-2008, 09:38 AM
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I was in a similar boat as you. I just picked up a Synodontis Eupterus (featherfin catfish) and when he was at the LFS, he was sucking on the side of the glass near the top of the tank. Once I brought him home, he hides in his cave for hours on end. He also would only seem to scavenge the bottom of the tank at night.
It has been a little over two weeks since I have added him and now I see him out during the day, fighting for algae wafers with my cories. I'd suggest giving him time and keep to a regular feeding schedule to make things a little more consistent.
I've actually 'trained' my fish pretty well I think... When feeding I have always put my finger in the tank, about 1", before feeding them. I did that for little over a year, now when I put my finger in the tank, all the fish, except my syno (he will learn), instantly come to the top of the tank and wait for food. It's pretty cool seeing all the fish just rush up to the top of the tank.