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Burmese Upside Down Catfish (Mystus leucophasus)
Burmese Upside Down Catfish
Please Note: Due to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image provided. Approximate size range may also vary between individual specimen.
Please Note: Due to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image provided. Approximate size range may also vary between individual specimen.
Burmese Upside Down Catfish (Mystus leucophasus)

Quick Stats

Care Level Easy, Easy
Temperament Peaceful, Peaceful
Color Form Black, Black, Tan, Tan, Yellow, Yellow
Diet Omnivore, Omnivore
Water Conditions 74-79° F, 74-79° F, KH 6-10, KH 6-10, pH 6.5-7.4, pH 6.5-7.4
Max. Size 5", 5"
Family Loricariidae, Loricariidae
Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons, 30 gallons
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Care Level Easy, Easy
Temperament Peaceful, Peaceful
Color Form Black, Black, Tan, Tan, Yellow, Yellow
Diet Omnivore, Omnivore
Water Conditions 74-79° F, 74-79° F, KH 6-10, KH 6-10, pH 6.5-7.4, pH 6.5-7.4
Max. Size 5", 5"
Family Loricariidae, Loricariidae
Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons, 30 gallons
Compatibility View Chart, View Chart
What do these Quick Stats mean? Click here for more information

Overview

The Burmese Upside Down Catfish Mystus leucophasus is an African Catfish in the Claroteidae family and has an easy care level. In nature, it can be found in rivers and lakes from Africa to Asia.

In an eye-catching all black color, it will hang in an inverted position. Although it will swim right side up, it spends most of its life swimming upside down. In nature this behavior allows its mouth to skim the water for insects, crustaceans, and smaller fish. In an aquarium environment, they supplement the food they are fed with algae they find on décor and plants.

Growing to as large as 10”, it requires an aquarium environment of 50 gallons or more with water temperatures of 75-82°F, a KH range of 4-12 and pH levels of 6.0-7.5. The freshwater aquarium should be well planted and have plenty of hiding places. When deciding on tankmates for the Burmese Upside Down Catfish, look for similar sized fish that are not aggressive.

Breeding of the Burmese Upside Down Catfish in the aquarium is difficult.

This freshwater fish is an omnivore that should be offered sinking Catfish pellets, freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex, plus a quality flake food.

Approximate Purchase Size: 2”

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