The Glass Catfish (Kryptopterus vitreolus) is a very unique species of catfish from South East Asia. These catfish have long, slender bodies that are almost entirely see-through.
As these fish should be kept in groups of 5+ and can grow to 5" in length, it is recommended to keep these fish in a 30 Gallon aquarium as a bare minimum. If too few Glass Catfish are kept in an aquarium, they may be prone to timidness and may hide often. The ideal temperature range for these fish is 75 - 80 degrees Fahrenheit, and they prefer a pH 6.5-7.0.
Glass Catfish may live for up to 8 years if well-cared for. They are very hardy in well-established, cycled aquariums. However, Glass Catfish are extremely vulnerable to fluctuations in water parameters such as pH, GH, ammonia, and nitrite. These fish will do very poorly in new aquariums that are not cycled for that reason.
These fish are very easy to feed. They are omnivores that will eat most foods offered to them, including flakes and pellets. Meaty foods are a welcomed addition to their diet; these fish will eat frozen or live foods such as brine shrimp, bloodworms, and daphnia. These fish may periodically snack on very small fry or baby shrimp.
Due to the calm and peaceful nature of these fish, they are suitable for most community aquariums. They may be kept with other peaceful community fish such as smaller tetra species, rasbora species, rainbowfish, and livebearers such as platies, mollies, and swordtails. Do not keep them with fish that are significantly larger or fish that are aggressive.