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Glass Catfish – Kryptopterus bicirrhis

Glass Cat­fish – Kryp­topterus bicir­rhis is a peace­ful, school­ing fresh­wa­ter fish. It is a preda­to­ry fish that will eat a vari­ety of sink­ing foods.

It’s body is long and com­pressed and the adult males usu­al­ly appear thin­ner than the females. In cer­tain angles and light­ing, their bod­ies can show off a beau­ti­ful, iri­des­cent rain­bow col­or.

Glass Cat­fish are scale­less, lack­ing body pig­ment. The fact that they are scale­less, makes the body trans­par­ent in appear­ance. Their inter­nal organs and back­bones are vis­i­ble to our eye. Very cool!

 

More About Glass Catfish:

 

Com­mon Name: Glass Cat­fish, Asian Glass Cat­fish, Ghost Cat­fish

 

Sci­en­tif­ic Name: Kryp­topterus bicir­rhis

 

Size: 5 inches/12 cm

 

Nat­ur­al Habi­tat: ‘Java, Indone­sia’. South­east Asia, major riv­er sys­tems in Thai­land, Cam­bo­dia, Laos, Viet­nam and Penin­su­lar Malaysia and includ­ing the Greater Sun­da Islands of Suma­tra, Java and Bor­neo. It has been found in the Mekong, Chao Phraya, Batang Hari, Rajang and Kapuas rivers and small­er drainage waters across these areas.

 

Ide­al Tank: All fish should have some kind of plant or dec­o­ra­tion. Arti­fi­cial or live, or types of decor or rock encour­age hid­ing cov­er. It is impor­tant to choose the right décor for the species of fish that you wish to keep. With the glass cat­fish, it is impor­tant to have sub­strates and elements/decorations in their envi­ron­ment that have smooth edges.

Adding décor and plants to your aquar­i­um will help to reduce fish stress lev­els by cre­at­ing hid­ing spots and cov­er. This will help reflect the health and the envi­ron­ment of the fish. The clos­er you mim­ic their nat­ur­al habi­tat in the wild, the greater chance for suc­cess. And it looks nicer.

Ensure that you are intro­duc­ing this glass cat­fish to an aquar­i­um that has been cycled. If you are adding any fish into a tank that is not cycled, refer to a Tail­sNTeeth spe­cial­ist for fur­ther instruc­tion on how to safe­ly add them and what you will need in order to do so.

 

Aquar­i­um Size: 55 gal­lon / 240L

 

Tank Mates: They are peace­ful fish. Will feed on small­er fish species and can be timid around oth­er larg­er species of fresh­wa­ter fish. Tank mates should be close in size like loach­es, cyprinids and oth­er cat­fish types. The glass cat­fish is a school­ing fish in groups of 4 or more.

Ensure that you are intro­duc­ing this glass cat­fish to an aquar­i­um that has been cycled. If you are adding any fish into a tank that is not cycled, refer to a Tail­sNTeeth spe­cial­ist for fur­ther instruc­tion on how to safe­ly add them and what you will need in order to do so.

 

Care Lev­el: Inter­me­di­ate+

 

Aquar­i­um Water Tem­per­a­ture: 69 – 82°F / 20 – 28°C

 

Aquar­i­um Water pH: Range pH 6.0 – 7.5

 

What Do I Feed My Glass Catfish?

Found to be a preda­to­ry species and will feed on inver­te­brates, crus­taceans and small­er fish in the wild. It is best to give these fish a com­plete, var­ied, diet includ­ing sink­ing dried foods, Tubifex (bot­tom dwelling worm), live and frozen blood­worms. You can also offer the occa­sion­al small sized Earth­worm. A vari­ety of foods is nec­es­sary for your Glass Cat­fish – Kryp­topterus bicir­rhis to thrive in cap­tiv­i­ty and ensures all the nutri­tion­al needs are met.

 

Oth­er Con­sid­er­a­tions: It’s name has been referred to as con­gener K. vit­re­o­lus in the past.