Glass Fish

Catfish | Glass Catfish

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(Please note that the fish shown in the photo is only a representative of what an adult specimen would look like. The color may vary based on the age and sex of the fish you receive.)

Scientific Name:  Kryptopterus vitreolus

Common Name: Glass Catfish, Ghost Catfish, Phantom Catfish

Adult Size: 3 inches

Life Expectancy: 6 - 8 years

Habitat: Thailand

Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallon

Ideal Tank Conditions: 

  • Temperature Range: 75 - 80°F 
  • pH Range: 6.5 – 7.5
  • Hardness Range: 8 - 12

Temperament: Peaceful

Diet & Nutrition: In the wild, glass catfish mostly eat very small fish or invertebrates. Try to imitate their wild diet as closely as possible. Daily pellet or flake food is important and will provide the basic nutrients. For added protein, offer bloodworms, brine shrimp, grindal worms, tiny crustaceans like Daphnia and zooplankton such as Moina.

Breeding & Spawning: In the wild they spawn during the monsoon seasons when temperatures increase and the rains reduce water hardness. They can be induced to spawn in the aquarium by adding small amounts of freshwater to the aquarium daily and by gradually increasing the water temperature. Glass fish spawn on broad leaved plants. However, the adults will eat their own eggs and fry so it is best to separate the breeding pair into a heavily planted spawning tank and remove them once the eggs are laid.

Gender:  Male are generally smaller than females.