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Asian Glass Catfish, Kryptopterus bicirrhis

The Asian Glass Catfish originates from southeast Asia. They are also known as the Ghost Fish and the Ghost Glass Catfish.  They are an excellent community fish, but they are difficult to care for.  Their eye sight is poor.  They have long barbells which help them to find food.  The body is transparent, allowing the skeleton to show through.  The internal organs are all near the head and are not transparent.  Due to their lack of scales, they are very sensitive to water temperature and quality

The Glass Catfish is unusual in that it swims in the mid levels of the tank instead of at the bottom.  The tank should have dim lighting, plenty of swimming room, some hiding places and areas of water flow to simulate stream life.  They are fairly shy and should be isolated from areas of frequent human traffic.  Glass Catfish need the company of their own kind to survive and it is recommended to have at least 5 or preferably 10 in a group.  The Glass Catfish cannot be combined with any aggressive types of fish.  Live food is an essential part of their diet and bloodworms are a favorite.

Males are not distinguishable from females.  Glass Catfish are imported from southeast Asia, because they cannot be successfully bred in captivity. They are very difficult to ship successfully.

Asian Glass Catfish, Kryptopterus bicirrhis Asian Glass Catfish, Kryptopterus bicirrhis
Scientific Name: Kryptopterus bicirrhis
Family: Catfish
Temperature: 21 - 26 C; 70 - 79 F
pH: 6.0 - 7.5
Size: 10 cm;  4 inches
Life Span: 6 - 8 years
Breeding: Difficult, Egglayer
 

Compatibility:

Corys, Gouramis, Livebearers, Loaches, Tetras (except the Serpae Tetra and Silver Tip Tetra are too aggressive)