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qpc68 07-15-2008 09:52 AM

Lonely Upside Down Catfish?
 
I currently only have one upside down catfish in my tank. He is very reclusive and I hardly ever see him. He pretty much just hangs out on the far back side of a large, trunk like piece of driftwood and only occasionally pokes his head out. Now, I know they are shoaling fish...if I added 2 more UDCats to the tank would they likely be more social and more visible? Or would I just have 3 dudes on the backside of the driftwood?

aquakid 07-15-2008 11:23 AM

he will be fine alone plus you never see him because he's nocturnal

qpc68 07-15-2008 12:24 PM

I understand that. But if he will swim around more with a buddy than I would want him to.

beweeb 07-15-2008 09:09 PM

LOL :lol:

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iamntbatman 07-15-2008 09:52 PM

I believe upside down catfish generally do better in bigger groups, like cories.

Little-Fizz 07-18-2008 02:12 AM

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Originally Posted by qpc68
I understand that. But if he will swim around more with a buddy than I would want him to.

Haha, quote of the day for sure. I'm not sure why but just the "I understand that" Really made me laugh, I guess it was more that I could sense the frustration in it that it made it so funny... But to answer your question, yes they like to be in small schools. And although you may not see them as much as you would like, they will come out more if they are comfortable. And being in a school is what makes them comfortable.

So although you'll still have upside down cat fish bumming around on your drift wood, at least you'll have bum cat fish that come out sometimes!!!

PDXfishy 07-18-2008 02:22 AM

...and that are significantly happier.

Little-Fizz 07-18-2008 09:24 AM

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Originally Posted by PDXfishy
...and that are significantly happier.

That too! Of course! :D

tophat665 07-22-2008 10:20 PM

If you can so arrange your aquascape that there is an overhang that your UDC can rest upside down under, ( like a branch of driftwod more horizontal than vertical) it will in all likelihood hang out there, belly up. I believe scotcat has four or more to a school as optimal.


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