If you are looking for a fish to add an element of surprise to your tank, look no further than Glass Catfish. After one glance at these transparent fish, it becomes clear why they are so popular in the aquarium hobby.
Their apparent bodies have attracted the attention of aquarists of all levels since their introduction.
Originally, these fish are from Southeast Asia, they are at home in vegetable ponds full of calm fish like Tetras. This setting reflects their natural environment and creates a calm environment that reflects their calm nature.
Information on Glass catfish
- Glass catfish has many names including ghost catfish or ghost catfish.
- All of these are common names that apply to several different types of bone catfish.
- Initially, the most common species in this family was known as Kryptopterus bicirrhis. However it was concluded that this was a misidentification and as such, the common species of aquariums is now known as Cryptopterus vitriolus.
- The older title Kryptopterus bicirrhis is reserved for the larger and more aggressive glass catfish. Fortunately, these are now very rare in the hobby / aquarium trade.
- This guide will focus on the most popular glass catfish species that are suitable for beginners; Cryptopterus vitriol.
Glass catfish got its name as a transparent anthropomorph that allows you to see their bones and organs. The scientific name comes from the Greek word kryptos, which means hidden and pterýgio (fin). The name “hidden fin” refers to the hard-to-see tail fin.
You will study these fish together which makes a great show; It’s like you have 5 or 6 skeletons swimming in your pelvis!
Most catfish, despite their activity, will remain at the bottom of the tank, while glass catfish are exceptions and enjoy swimming around.
They make great additions to the peaceful community tanks and tend to keep to themselves, only escaping into hiding when disturbed.
Appearance of glass catfish
- Not only does this look amazing, it also provides a little bit of camouflage from predators.
- Their clear color means they are difficult to see (which makes eating more difficult); Similar to the shrimp ghost.
- Another big part of their appearance is the thorns on their heads. This is something most catfish share to some extent.
- They skip their faces through their noses. This is what gives catfish its name because it looks like it has whiskers.
- It makes them very sensitive to changes in their surroundings and some can even detect electromagnetic waves.
- Scientists are fascinated by this and are trying to understand how this can help patients with epilepsy and Parkinson’s.
- It only grows to about 5 inches and has a long and slender body.
Glass catfish tank
They will thrive best in a tank of 30 gallons or more. This gives them plenty of room to swim in the middle areas of the reservoir as well as plenty of room to hide in if they feel spooked. Make sure the tank is well planted.
- Glass catfish are originally from Thailand where they inhabit moderately mobile rivers and streams.
- They often stay in the middle of the water column and seldom move too far from the integrity of the river bed.
- The strings are used most often as the visibility of the water tends to be reduced.
- Without these sensory organs, it would be very difficult for these fish to survive in this environment.
- Another survival adaptation is the obvious nature of the skin.
- When water conditions are poor, and visibility is low, the presence of clear skin makes it nearly impossible to distinguish these fish from debris.
- When keeping them in an aquarium, it is important to ensure that they feel just as at home as if they are in a river or stream.
Ideal tank conditions
When we talk about reservoir conditions, it is fragile to water parameters as its name suggests. They do not respond well to fluctuations in temperature, pH, or other chemical changes.
These numbers are not guidelines, but are more necessary. If they start to change, these fish will begin to die.
- Temperature: 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Hardness: KH 8-12.
- PH: 6.5-7.0.
- Water flow: moderate.
Due to the stringent water standards these fish require, they are more difficult to care for than other species, which are easier for beginners.
What size aquarium do they need?
Glass catfish need a tank of at least 30 gallons; they need enough space for school and swimming together as they like. Since they are so shy, a larger aquarium gives them the ability to feel safe in their home.
How many can you keep per gallon?
Due to their education nature, getting about 6 in a 30 gallon tank is best. This means keeping one glass catfish for every 5 gallons.
Keep glass catfish together
It is very important to keep these fish together. They will form tight social groups as if they were in the wild.
So simulating this is important. Having only one glass catfish will likely cause this fish to die from stress.
What do glass catfish eat
- In the wild, these catfish eat mostly zooplankton and other small worms or invertebrates.
- While they live in the middle of the water column, they are still selective feeders.
- They are known to eat small fish (small guppies) and mosquito larvae.
- This can be replicated in an aquarium using frozen or live foods such as Grindale worms, Daphnia, brine shrimp and mina.
- But in your aquarium, they will eat a wide variety of foods that include pellets or chips.