The mesmerizing clear body of the glass catfish makes it look like a living fish skeleton. Sometimes they are also known as ghost catfish because of this specter like appearance.
These catfish have a pair of very long barbells which are used to navigate. The body is compressed along the vertical axis giving them a leaf like shape.
The glass catfish's placid nature makes it perfect for community aquariums. Choose other fish that will enjoy a planted tank and provide such an environment. Such an aquarium will allow the glass catfish to feel at ease
Unlike most catfish which seem content alone, this fish prefers to school in a small shoal. By including a number of glass catfish in your aquarium they will be more active and feed with improved vigor.
This fish is highly susceptible to chemical agents. Be diligent in protecting the aquarium from household chemicals. Medications can also be detrimental to this sensitive catfish. Avoid disease at all costs and treat with half strength doses when completely neccessary.
Glass catfish may never become accustomed to dry food. Offer tropical flake if it is accepted but also provide a selection of live food regularly. Fresh daphnia, blackworms and brine shrimp will all be taken with relish. Frozen bloodworms and other insect larvae can also be used to mimic their natural diet.
Glass catfish are often collected from the wild as they are not readily bred in captivity. Very little is known about their reproductive behaviour. Sexual differences are not clear though the females will be plumper.
Family - Schilbeidae
Size -9-10 cm usual length.
Fish Origin - Asia in the area of Sumatra and Borneo.
Water - pH 6-7.8 medium soft water. Sensitive to sudden changes.
Temperature - 22-26°C (Best at mid 20's).
Feeding - Especially likes mosquito larvae & may also take frozen food.
Sexing - Sex differences unknown.
Breeding - Breeding is rare in captivity.
Aquarium - Keep at least five as they are less timid in a group.