Species group: Catfish
Other common names: Network Syno
Scientific name: Synodontis aterrima
The Network Synodontis is small species of upside-down Catfish which is native to the Congo River basin in central Africa. They are nocturnal and feed on insects and crustaceans. Upside-cown Catfish are perhaps most notable for their upside down swimming style. Synodontis aterrima is uncommon in the aquarium fish trade, but makes an attractive addition to a community tank. It swims, explores, and feeds upside down, and loves to feast on food particles (and insect larvae) floating on the surface. As a sucker-mouth fish, it also feeds from the substrate.
Synodontis aterrima is hardy, peaceful, undemanding, and an excellent tankmate in community aquariums. It is semi-nocturnal, preferring to forage at low-light conditions.
Synodontis aterrima does well in average-sized community tanks that are well-planted and furnished with driftwood and floating bark. They hide under driftwood and use the floating bark as a hiding place while feeding off the surface of the water.It finds comfort in caves and hiding places among driftwood and broad-leafed plants.