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Rated 5 out of 5 by herpvt Active fish, even in bright light
I started with a school of four about a year ago and added a 5th a couple weeks ago. Contrary to what other people are saying, mine are active pretty much all day and very rarely hide. One of the original four started hiding a couple months ago, but after a few weeks decided to rejoin the school during the day. I think, however, that my fish might be an exception to the rule. Probably if you get this fish they will hide.
All five fish had broken/infected barbels when I purchased them and appeared sick, but all of them recovered and he barbels regenerated within a few weeks. None of them have died, so I would describe the species as hardy based on my experience.
I keep mine in a community tank (mollies, platies, gupies, cory cats, rainbow goby) with lots of hiding places and live plants. They should probably not be kept with semi-aggressive fish like tiger barbs.
Do keep in mind they are a schooling fish - some people on here say they have loners who live and eat, but remember that MOST kept as individuals do poorly. They should be kept in schools of at least three, but I've heard that >5 is ideal.
October 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by lolathedog Love these guys
If you listen closely, you can hear these guys singing Laotian sea chanties. However, Laos has no Ocean, despite pronunciation.
It's true that when the light is on, they hide. I have 4. I used to have one that was much smaller than the rest (they stay in a group/school) but they are all well grown now (less than a year). I figured out that putting fish flakes into the water, waiting 30 seconds, and then turning the light out meant the others could feed for a little bit but the ghost cats would come out once it was dark. They WILL eat the flakes.
It helps to give them names like Beetlejuice or Jack the Pumpkin King. They really thrive on Tim Burton-y type stuff if ya dig.
To give them self esteem, refer to them every once in awhile as Glass Cats. First Class Glass Cats really elevates them to a new level of existence, in my theory.
October 27, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by sidslid They're Okay
They are cool to watch but they hide all the time. They like to hide behind the HOB filter and only come out when they are fed, and then its right back to hiding.
October 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Giantstx Coolest Fish in My Tank
This is a fantastic fish! I had some trouble getting ahold of these, and had to go to 3 different stores to find them, but it was worth it! I have a school of three, which seems to work just fine. They are really cool looking in the light because you can see right through them. They stay under the decorations in my tank for most of the day, but come out for feelings and at night. I would definitely recommend this fish.
March 8, 2015