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Ghost Glass Cat
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Ghost Glass Cat (Kryptopterus bicirrhis)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Moderate
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Clear
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 75-80° F, KH 8-12, pH 6.5-7.0
Max. Size 4"
Origin Far East
Family Siluridae
Minimum Tank Size 30 gallons
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Overview

The Ghost Glass Cat is a unique fish that offers fish-keepers an incomparable view of its internal organs. Thanks to its low-pigment and almost clear body, the Ghost Glass Cat is like a living skeleton whose organs, including its swim bladder and vertebral column, are visible.

Ghost Glass Cats, also known as Indian Ghosts, Ghost Fish, Glass Catfish, or Glass Cats, are very peaceful, and a great community fish that will give their caretakers hours of enjoyment. Ghost or glass-like in appearance, the Ghost Glass Cat loves a low light condition and is most active during dawn and dusk. As a true schooling fish, it needs other Ghost Glass Cats in the aquarium in order to survive and thrive.

Ghost Glass Cats should be kept in groups of five or more to stay healthy and happy. If they are not kept in groups, they will often go into a state of stress, stop eating, and waste away. The Ghost Glass Cat does not like a lot of light and in brightly illuminated aquariums, it will usually hide from the light. However, they will come into the open and swim around in darkness or low light conditions. Ghost Glass Cats should be kept in aquariums with plenty of rocky coves and hiding places, as well as dense, live vegetation.

It is extremely rare and difficult to breed Ghost Glass Cats in captivity. No techniques have been discovered to breed them in an aquarium. It is generally believed that Glass Catfish lay and scatter their eggs.

Ghost Glass Cats are omnivores and should be fed a diet of flake and frozen foods, as well as freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1" to 1-1/2"; Medium 1-1/2" to 2"; Large: 2" to 3"

Customer Testimonials

Stephen Lapsley Forked River , NJ
I keep a Ghost cat in my 75 gallon semi-planted tank along with Bala Sharks, Hatchets, Catfish, Rainbows and other assorted fish. The Ghost Catfish was one of the coolest fish to see because it is realy like glass, you can see through it. It is very unique because i've noticed that when he starts to turn a whitish powder color, the water is not rite, such as the ph level or ammonia level is off. He is easy to care for and eats shrimp pellets, tubafex worms, and flakes. This fish also can get to be a good 4 inches so he is a nice size for smaller tanks. I love this fish and I'm sure you would love it too.
Juliet Hicks Sandston , VA
I have had Ghost Glass Cats and they are very good fish and wonderful to watch. Nice and easy to keep also! You will really enjoy them. Good Luck!
Kyle Roberson Roseville , CA
I had a school of 5 of these fish, before I had an Ich outbreak, now I'm left with 2 and they are still thriving and growing. A very fun fish, especially when they try and eat something a little too big. A great community fish for almost any tank.
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