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Ghost Catfish


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  • Diet: Flake, Frozen, Freeze-dried
  • Maximum size: 4"
  • Water temperature: 72-82° F
  • Swimming level: Middle
  • Experience level: Intermediate
  • Tank Setup: 10+ gallons
Note: Pet availability is seasonal. State and local regulations may vary. Pricing may vary by store location. PetSmart stores cannot match the price above for this pet. Ask a store associate for details. Catfish typically prefer to be in groups of three or more. However, larger species can be kept individually. Some species of catfish are useful in keeping the aquarium clean and free from algae. As omnivores, catfish eat both plant and animal matter, including prepared foods, small live foods and certain vegetables. If you must handle your catfish be aware that they have stiff, sharp spines on their fins that can inflict painful wounds.

Learn about the Ghost Catfish

Common Name
Ghost Catfish

Other Common Names
Ghost Fish, Glass Catfish

Scientific Name
Kryptopterus Bicirrhis



Feeding Habits
Prefers small live foods such as brine shrimp, blood worms, glass worms and tubifex worms. Frozen brine shrimp, plankton, beef heart, glass worms and blood worms. Freeze dried and flake food will be accepted on occasion.

A schooling peaceful fish that is best kept with other schooling slow moving fish.

Thailand-Malaysia: Moderately decorate with live plants, rocks and driftwood.

Additional Comments
These catfish should be purchased in schools of 5 or more in number. If they are not kept together in a school they will become stressed and prematurely die.

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Ghost Catfish
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Ghost Catfish is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 39.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome fish They are awesome! It's so fun to look through them, but make sure you gt like at least 3 because they are school fish and if you only get 1 it might not act normal (not eating, doesn't move). They also turn white when sick or dead so keep an eye out!
Date published: 2013-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2015-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE LEGEND IS TRUE Yes, this fish is completely transparent EXEPT for the spine and the organs (the picture doesn't show it). Must keep in schools or you will never see them. Some people say that they are very picky on their food. I feed them tetra colour because there is not a lot of veggies in the ingredients. Before, I had nutrafin wich has more algae in it and they would not eat. So just feed them meaty foods and keep them in schools.
Date published: 2013-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ghost Catfish I bought one of these Ghost Cats at Petsmart over 4 years ago & it is still alive & healthy! I wasn't planning on getting him, but he was so unique I couldn't pass him up. I would say that they are very hardy fish. I had him in a 29 gallon aquarium for a few years until I upgraded to a 46 gallon. Now that I have him in a larger tank I will be adding more since they are a schooling fish. During the day he mostly hides. He's a little shy & doesn't come out often with the light is on. He mostly comes out at night when I put the Blue LED light on or when I cut the lights off. The only time I see him when the light is on is during feeding time - he kind of zooms in, feels around with his little whiskers, gets a bite to eat then heads back to his hiding spot. I can see him swimming all around my tank at night though. When people check out my fish I usually have to show them where he is, but when they see him they all LOVE him.
Date published: 2014-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Cool! I love ghost catfish. I used to have one. Sometimes it was hard to see when the tank was cloudy, but not as hard to see as my ghost shrimp. I used to always look at my ghost catfish's body... I really think that ghost catfish are cool. I recommend ghost catfish. :)
Date published: 2012-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awsome and cool they are so cool but have some plants and hiding spots its best to feed them at night with the light shut off the do good with fish that are not aggressive and better with community fish but the are nocturnal and better with nicer fish.
Date published: 2013-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2015-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2015-03-08
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I have 2 of these ghost catfish and they always hide behind my filter. I bought lees ghost house and they still won't go near it. Any way to get them to come out?

Asked by: Cheechman1212
First, make sure your aquarium was fully cycled, and that you acclimated the fish correctly before you put them into the water. If this was not done, you may have issues with the health of the fish from the start. Check the temp and PH of the water. 75-80F for temp, and 6.5-8.0 for the PH(some say 6.5-7. That range is better, but its hard to achieve that in all aquariums.) The Tetra brand test strips are cheap and available at pretty much any pet store or superstore. Try dropping half of algae tab into or on the house. Other cover like fake plants will entice them to explore the tank, as well.
Answered by: GM44
Date published: 2017-11-01
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