Without a doubt, the Glass Catfish is an oddball fish that will catch the eye of anyone looking into an aquarium containing it. There are many types of Glass Catfish and the two types that are most easily confused are Kryptopterus vitreolus and Kryptopterus Bichirris. The main difference between the two is their size; K. Minor is 2.5 inches while K. Bichirris can reach a size of 6.5 inches. K. Minor is a very beautiful catfish with an absent dorsal fin and lack of body pigmentation.
The Glass Catfish is a very delicate fish; it is very sensitive of fluctuating water parameters, and should be placed in a fully cycled aquarium with low nitrates. The Glass Cat is a very peaceful, timid and delicate fish. It should be kept only with peaceful tank mates, and a school of at least 6. They do best in larger, planted tanks with plenty of hiding spots. If they are kept with aggressive mates or are kept in a small school they will become white in color and die of stress.
Scientific Name : Kryptopterus vitreolus
Common Names : Ghost Catfish, Glass Cat
Care Level : Moderate
Size : 2.5 - 3" (8 cm)
pH : 6 - 7
Temperature : 70 to 79°F (21 - 26°C)
Lifespan : 7-8 years
Origin / Habitat : Asia, Borneo
Temperament / Behavior : Peaceful, Timid. It should be kept in a school of at least 6. Will not bother tank mates and should be kept with other peaceful fish.
Breeding : Extremely difficult to spawn in the home aquarium. Very little records exist about the breeding of this fish in captivity.
Aquarium Size : 30 Gallons minimum
Tank Mates : Best kept with other peaceful tank mates and does better when kept in schools of 6 or more.
Fish Disease : Freshwater Fish Disease - Diagnose, Symptoms and Treatment - Be sure to quarantine, as they are wild caught and often come in with parasites.
Diet / Fish Food : It can be slightly difficult to get them eating flakes and freeze dried foods. Supplement with live or frozen mysis, brine shrimp and daphnia.
Tank Region : Middle of tank, areas of water current
Gender : Sexing is unknown
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One of the coolest little freshwater tropical fish you can keep. We're biased though since it's one of our all time favorite species.
A smaller pleco that needs driftwood and veggies in it's diet.
Gets to about 2.3 inches and likes to be kept in schools.