Glass Catfish (Kryptopterus bicirrhis)
The Glass Catfish is a truly unique and intriguing freshwater fish with a nearly transparent body, making its internal organs and bones visible. They have a slender, elongated body with a silver iridescent sheen. Its delicate appearance and peaceful demeanor make it a popular choice among aquarists.
They are often confused with the Ghost Catfish (Kryptopterus vitreolus), but the Glass Catfish Kryptopterus bicirrhis is larger and less transparent than the Ghost Catfish.
They are social fish, requiring the companionship of their own kind in a school of at least 5-6 individuals. These fish grow to about 4-5 inches in length and are compatible with other peaceful tank mates.
Glass Catfish are omnivorous, feeding on a varied diet of small live or frozen foods like brine shrimp, daphnia, bloodworms, and micro-pellets for balanced nutrition.
They prefer calm, dimly lit environments, a well-planted tank with plenty of hiding spots, smooth rocks, and driftwood is ideal for Glass Catfish. A gentle water current and good filtration are also important for their well-being.
The minimum tank size for a small group is 30 gallons, but a larger community aquarium of 50 gallons or more is ideal.
Maintain water parameters within the following ranges: pH of 6.0-7.5, hardness between 5-12 dGH, and a temperature of 72-79°F (22-26°C).
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