Glass Catfish Facts:

Scientific Name : Kryptopterus bicirrhis
average adult size:5 inches long
average life span:2 years
diet:omnivore - flakes/pellets
minimum aquarium size:25+ gallons
water parameters:


pH: 7-8


A well-balanced Catfish diet consists of:

  • Food may be flaked, pellet, frozen or live.
  • Avoid exclusive food which is not nutritionally complete.


Things to remember when feeding your Catfish:

  • Feed small amounts several times a day. Portion size should be what the fish can consume in about 3 minutes.
  • Thaw frozen foods if you choose to feed frozen.


  • Keep in an appropriate size aquarium; provide plants for hiding, various species may prefer sparse or thick vegetation.
  • Stable water quality, water temperature, and pH levels are critical to the health of the aquatic life. If you are unsure of your water quality or pH levels, Home Aquatics offers water testing.


  • There are no pigments in the fish body, this catfish is transparent to the bone – you can see its skeleton and some inside.

Habitat Maintenance

Daily: Check filter, water temperature and other equipment.
Weekly: Check water quality at least once a week.
Monthly: Change 10-25% of the total volume of water every 2-4 weeks, or as needed.
Introduce new inhabitants to the aquarium gradually.


Glass catfish is a peaceful and even timid fish. They feel more comfortable in the company of some calm fish of their size. Glass catfish feel themselves much better and confident in a group of 4-6 fish, they swim freely in the middle water layer and in the middle of the tank.


Signs of a Healthy Fish

  • Clear eyes
  • Healthy appetite
  • Bright, even coloring
  • Clean in appearance

Avoid overcrowded conditions; they are a major cause of stress and disease. Maintain good water quality with regular water changes and adequate filtration.

Red Flags

  • loss of color or appetite
  • spots or fungus on body or mouth
  • erratic swimming
  • frayed fins

Common Health Issues

Health IssueSymptoms or CausesSuggested Action
Fin rotFrayed or disintegrating fins; the base of the fins usually reddens.Improve water quality; consult your aquatic veterinarian for treatment.
IchWhite spots appear on fins and body; fish rubs against hard objects or swims awkwardly.

Quarantine fish immediately; use a commercial ich remedy for at least two weeks

In the wild, in glass catfish habitat such a body structure helps these harmless fish to hide from predators. Ghost catfish just disappears in the muddy water in the wild.

The fish has a couple of long barbels on its upper lip. Even though it may seem that the fish doesn’t have a dorsal fin, if you look closer, you can see a small fin right behind the fish head. However, glass catfish don’t have a flesh fin.

Glass catfish care is rather difficult since the fish is quite a demanding one, that can be recommended only to experienced aquiarists. The fish hardly stands changes of tank water parameters, it is timid and prone to different diseases.

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Glass Catfish

  • Brand: Home Aquatics
  • Product Code: Glass Catfish
  • Availability: In Stock
  • $4.99