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Glass catfish

Glass Catfish Info:

Fish are beautiful creatures and are a pleasure to keep.

The Glass Catfish, as its name suggests, is an unusually unique fish. The fish is completely transparent, so much so that its entire skeletal structure and the sac, in which the internal organs are present, are completely visible through its skin.

Many varieties of transparent fish have been dyed in different colors to make the aquarium look more beautiful. While it does make the aquarium look very pleasing, the dyes may be harmful for the fish.

However, the Glass Catfish is strong against dyes and doesn’t get affected unless the dye is really strong and toxic.

Though the Glass Catfish is an unusual and beautiful pet to have, it can be very difficult to keep and maintain. The Glass Catfish is not very good in a community tank. It is best kept in a single tank with at least six other Glass Catfish.

The Glass Catfish doesn’t survive if it is not kept with several other members of its species. If you get just two or three of them and toss them into an aquarium with other fish, they will most certainly not survive for long. Feeding the Glass Catfish is also not very easy because it does not eat dry foods or food pellets. The fish is usually fed frozen food or live food.

The Glass Catfish health issues are also many. The Glass Catfish is highly susceptible to developing bacterial infections. These infections often appear as an opaque blotch on the otherwise transparent skin of the fish. Infections on the Glass Catfish are also extremely difficult to cure. Once a fish gets infected, infection can quickly pass on to the other fishes in the aquarium. As a pet owner, you should therefore keep up-to-date with Glass Catfish health information. It is also wise to maintain a clean and hygienic environment in the tank so that the fish remain healthy.

If your fish does get a bacterial or a fungal infection, quarantine the fish for a few weeks or till the time it heals completely. Though ideally, you should clean and disinfect all fish tanks before you transfer fish into it, it is an absolute must if you are planning to transfer Glass Catfish into a new tank. Though there is a rising trend of breeding fish in captivity for sale to fish lowers and aquarium owners, there has been no documentation of the Glass Catfish being bred in captivity.

  Submitted on February 11, 2010