BP: 9. Breeding the Glass Catfish is very difficult.
Glass catfishes () are from Borneo, Sumatra, and Thailand. Thisfish is unusual because you can see through to its bones and internal organs.
Although there are reports of Glass Catfish being bred in an aquarium environment, no specifics have been documented. They are egg scatters and have been bred in outdoor ponds in Southeast Asia, primarily for the aquarium hobby.
Glass Catfish in an aquarium environment are reputedly finicky eaters however, they will accept live, frozen, or freeze dried bloodworms, tubifex, brine shrimp, and mosquito larvae. They can be weaned to accept flake foods.
The Asian Glass Catfish originates fromsoutheast Asia. They are also known as the Ghost Fish and the Ghost GlassCatfish. They are an excellent community fish, but they are difficult tocare for. Their eye sight is poor. They have long barbells whichhelp them to find food. The body is transparent, allowing the skeleton toshow through. The internal organs are all near the head and are nottransparent. Due to their lack of scales, they are very sensitive to watertemperature and qualityMales are not distinguishable from females. Glass Catfish are importedfrom southeast Asia, because they cannot be successfully bred in captivity. They are very difficult to ship successfully.The Glass Catfish is unusual in that it swims in themid levels of the tank instead of at the bottom. The tank should have dimlighting, plenty of swimming room, some hiding places and areas of water flow tosimulate stream life. They are fairly shy and should be isolated fromareas of frequent human traffic. Glass Catfish need the company of theirown kind to survive and it is recommended to have at least 5 or preferably 10 ina group. The Glass Catfish cannot be combined with any aggressive types offish. Live food is an essential part of their diet and bloodworms are afavorite.Glass catfishes grow to about 4 inches or 10 cm in length. They have 2 barbels on the upperpart of their mouth and have iridescent, scaleless bodies. PD: This catfish is elongated and has a distinctive, wide longitudinal black line that extends the length of the body. It has three pair of barbels and its dorsal fin istall. The body coloring is white to blue and somewhat translucent. There are two other stripes that become more pronounced with age. One extends along the topof the back, while the other along the belly. In reflected light sometimes parts of this fish are gold to red. The African Glass Catfish has a long anal fin that isdeeply forked. Its eyes are large while the mouth is small. The fins are transparent.The most transparent known vertebrates are the Asian glass catfish of the genus Kryptopterus. The two most popular species are Kryptopterus minor, the ghost catfish, and Kryptopterus bicirrhis, commonly known as the glass catfish, which is a mainstay in the tropical aquarium.