Fish Species

Glass Catfish

Glass Catfish - Description

The Glass Catfish is also known as the Ghostfish. As its name suggests the glass catfish is transparent apart from its head, internal organs and bones.

It originates from South East Asia and is a peaceful community fish. In Cambodia, the Khmer people use the glass catfish as an ingredient in a pickle type condiment called 'Prahok'.

Profile of the Glass Catfish

This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Glass Catfish species.

  • Size: Up to 15cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: Temp 21-26 Degrees PH 6.1-6.7

  • Diet / Feeding: Daphnia or Flaked food

  • Temperament: Peaceful Community Fish

  • Habitat: Rivers and Streams

  • Behaviour: Should always be kept in large groups

  • Range: Borneo, Indonesia

Scientific Classification of the Glass Catfish

Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Kryptopterus bicirrhis

  • Popular Name: Glass Catfish

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Siluriformes

  • Family: Siluridae


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Facts about Fish Species - Glass Catfish

The colours, shapes and sizes of individual fishes varies enormously - you really need excellent quality pictures or photographs to assist in the identification process.


A combination of the number of fins and their characteristics, color, scale counts, general features, maximum length and distribution are used during a species identification process.

The species detailed on this website are Tropical, Saltwater, Aquarium , Marine , Pet , Pond, Clown, Koi,
Beta (Betta), Gold Fish (Goldfish), Star, Angel, Puffer, Discus, Piranha, Rainbow, Parrot, Crustaceans, Sea Anemones and Coral.

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