Indian glass catfish - Kryptopterus vitreolus (bicirrhis)
Indian glass catfish - Kryptopterus vitreolus (bicirrhis)
Indian glass catfish - Kryptopterus vitreolus (bicirrhis)
     
  • Fascinating physique
  • Phenomenal appearance
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  • Interesting schooling behavior

Indian glass catfish - Kryptopterus vitreolus (bicirrhis)

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Indian glass catfish - Kryptopterus vitreolus (bicirrhis)
What a fascinating ghost fish! Where others camouflage themselves in color to avoid detection, the Indian glass catfish unceremoniously discards all color and allows a glimpse of its innermost self. A school of these phenomenal animals standing in the middle of the aquarium, from which one suddenly breaks away only to return again, causes a sensation and excitement. The Indian glass catfish is living proof of what curiosities Mother Nature is capable of! - Garnelio
Features
Water values: soft to medium hard
Diet: omnivorous - omnivorous
Temperature: 25-30 °C
Behavior: Active
Feature: Interesting coloring
with shrimps?: with shrimps > 6 cm
Difficulty: 4 - Special
Fish group: Catfish
Visual effect: Swarm behavior
Planting possible?: Yes
Origin: Asia
with snails/shells?: Yes
Final size: 4-8 cm
with large crabs?: No
with fish?: conditional* (see description)
Breeding: heavy
with dwarf crabs?: No
Pelvic region: Center
Aquarium size: 200 l (approx. 100cm)
with crabs?: No
Description

Indian glass catfish, Kryptopterus vitreolus (also known by its former name Kryptopterus bicirrhis ), is probably one of the most bizarre fish in freshwater aquaristics ever. With its glassy body it always causes astonishment and fascination. Although it has been imported since the 1930s, it was not scientifically described correctly until 2013. A smaller version of him represents the Kryptopterus minor.

The Glass Catfish is native to a very small area in southeastern Thailand, where it inhabits current- and oxygen-rich clear rivers and streams, as well as waters of the Mailai Peninsula that flow into the Gulf of Thailand. A breeding of the Indian Glass Catfish has not succeeded so far, therefore the animals offered in the trade originate exclusively from these distribution areas.

Indian Glass Catfish have a slender and almost flattened body up to 6.5 cm long with a clearly pronounced neck. A pair of barbels is located on the upper half of the mouth. Their anal fin extends from the stomach to the caudal fin. The entire body is transparent, from the skin to the musculature, allowing a view of organs and the skeleton, which is how it got its German name. In the wild, this phenomenon serves as protection from predators. Its skin also has fluorescent properties, which is why it even glows a bit under black light.

Indian Glass Catfish are on the one hand very peaceful, but on the other hand also very susceptible to stress, especially when kept in too small groups and are therefore more suitable for advanced aquarists.

Their sexes can be distinguished only with difficulty or not at all, but it is assumed that the females become more plump and round. Even though highly motivated aquarists have already cut their teeth on breeding, only one accidental reproduction is known so far. Presumably the change of seasons, which is almost impossible to recreate in the aquarium, is decisive for the reproduction. In the case of accidental breeding, the females spawned over fine-feathered plants. Therefore, another assumption is that females in the wild migrate to flooded areas to spawn and then return to their home waters.

According to their habitat, the aquarium should be at least 180 liters, and the Indian Glass Catfish should be kept in a school from 20 animals upwards, rather than in a small group. Since he panics very quickly, the size of his swarm gives him reassurance. Concerning the water values it is quite flexible: the total hardness may be  between 5-20 °dGH, whereas 10 °dGH would be desirable. The pH should be between 5-7.5, the optimal comfort temperature is 23-28 ° C. A mixture of brown and black gravel with sandy areas is suitable as substrate. Since the Indian Glass Catfish likes to stand in the middle of the tank in the current, only the edges and sides should be planted and also have a floating plant cover for darkening. Overly bright lighting imparts stress to the animals.

Indian Glass Catfish are zooplankton eaters and therefore good hunters. A socialization with invertebrates is therefore not recommended. They also prey on smaller fish and juveniles. Therefore somewhat larger and above all peaceful, as well as calm fish are suitable as by-fish.

Usually the glass catfish feeds omnivorously on animal and vegetable live food and frozen food and is sometimes difficult to accustom to canned food. However, with a little patience, this can also be accomplished. It should be  regularly supplemented with live food and frozen food to ensure a species-appropriate diet.

Our food recommendation: The NatureHolic Catfish Feed for all aufwuchs feeding sucking catfish in the aquarium is a balanced tablet food, which does not cloud the water and the fish like to eat. The catfish tablets also contain the NatureHolic active ingredient complexes, which provide the sucking catfish with everything they need for a strong immune system, healthy growth and great, contrasting coloration.

Our plant recommendation: For planting, use NatureHolic InVitros. These are free of snails, planarians and other unwanted co-inhabitants. Also free of algae spores, bacteria and fungi.

Expert Tip: We recommend for fish keeping the NatureHolic 3 Phase Liquid. The care set offers the best all-round protection for your animals. It ensures optimal conditions for successful breeding and keeping.

Profile
Scientific name:Kryptopterus vitreolus
German name:Indian glass catfish, ghost fish
Difficulty level:advanced
Origin/Distribution:Southeast Asia
Coloration:elongated, completely transparent body with a pair of barbels on the head
Age expectancy 8-10 years
Water parameters:GH 5-20 ° dGH, KH 6-15, pH 5-7.5, temperature 23-28 °C
Tank size:from 180 l
Food Omnivorous, live and frozen food, dry food conditionally
Breeding not breedable
Behavior very peaceful
Group size at least 10 animals, more likely 20+
Further information Ten typical aquarium fish for beginners and alternatives to them, Tips for acclimating fish to the aquarium, Feeding aquarium fish properly - cheap food and what it can do
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Question: "Hallo, könnte man diesen Fisch auch mit Amanogarnelen zusammen halten?"

from Kevin (Garnelio)
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from Kevin (Garnelio)

Hallo Clemens, vielen Dank für deine Frage! Das ist problemlos möglich, beide Tiere sind sehr friedlich und haben keine Probleme miteinander.

Question: "Kann man die Glaswelse mit Zwergfadenfischen und Neons zusammen halten ?"

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Hallo Pascal, vielen Dank für deine Frage! Das ist problemlos möglich. 

Question: "Hallo, im Beschreibungstext steht, dass dieser Fisch bis zu 6,5cm groß wird, auf anderen Seiten wird er allerdings überall als bis zu 15cm groß werdend beschrieben. Das finde ich jetzt schon einen enormen Unterschied. Handelt es sich hier vielleicht um ein Versehen bei der Größenbeschreibung? "

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Er wird wirklich 6,5 cm groß. :-)

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