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Old 03-10-2004, 09:09 PM   #1
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Feeding upside down catfish

I've read that upside down catfish will swim to the surface for feeding, but mine seem to stay on the bottom during suppertime. I usually feed flakes to all the fish, and once or twice a week they all get freeze-dried bloodworms or frozen brine shrimp. The other fish seem to eat all the food at the surface and leave none for the catfish.

Do I need to get pellets that sink to the bottom to make sure my cats get some food?
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the only upside down catfish I saw ate pellets off the bottom, shrimp pellets IIRC
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If no food is getting to the bottom of the tank, you need to feed the catfish. Mine rarely go higher than about 3 inches from the bottom of the tank.

I feed mine sinking catfish wafers. I also soak part of my flake in tank water so it sinks, as my rams like to eat from the bottom as well.
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I have an upside down catfish in my 90 gallon tank that is over NINE years old. I hardly ever see him eat. they'll fend for themself one way or another, must be the best scavenger out there. Mine also hides all day, in a cave or dense plants, only see him if i get up at 3am and turn the room lights on. Don't overfeed on their account, they'll find something. maybe a couple sinking pellets right before lights-out, but not much! more danger of fouling water than starving those guys to death.
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