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Phantom Glass Catfish are also known as glass catfish and ghost catfish. They are a very interesting catfish which swims in mid-water, it is amazingly transparent. Ideal for planted community tanks. Prefers to be kept in a school. These fish are originally from South East Asia. Plants are key for these fish as they will use them as hiding spots which help to block bright, direct light that they tend to avoid. 

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Features of Phantom Glass Catfish:

  • Their transparent skin lets you see their bones and organs
  • Phantom Glass catfish have forked caudal fins and no dorsal fin
  • Occupies the middle level of aquarium
  • Suitable for peaceful community aquariums
  • Best in groups of 8 or more


The Best Aquarium Size:

A small group of Phantom Glass Catfish do best with a minimum tank size of 75L. However, if you want to set up a community tank, you have to increase the tank size. Nice tank brands you can consider:

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

These fish are fantastic in community tanks that can coexist with a variety of other peaceful species.

Great tank mates include:

  • Kuhli Loach
  • Corydoras Catfish
  • Mollies
  • Swordtails


Quality flakes or pelleted foods are great everyday foods and will provide essential nutrients. Supplement their diet with Live blackworms, frozen bloodworms, Brine shrimp and Daphnia for a balanced diet.

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Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

If keeping a large school, ensure a good aquarium filter to remove waste. Ensure your filter has an adequate flow rate for your aquarium size to effective remove waste and debris. Filter type will depend on your tank, but internal filters provide great water agitation and oxygenation for you glass catfish. These fish naturally enjoy moderate water flow.

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Aquarium Heater

This fish enjoy temperatures between 23 - 27° C. If you are unable to maintain this temperature naturally, use an aquarium heater. Aquarium heaters also stabilize water temperatures.  A thermometer is recommended to monitor the water temperature.

Aquarium Plants

To mimic their natural habitat, we recommend adding live aquatic plants to your aquarium. A well planted tank with open swimming space in the middles makes them feel safe and provides opportunity to hide if needed. Plants such as vallisineria, ambulia, crypts, and swords are all excellent choices.

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Aquarium Decorations

Glass catfish love driftwood and enjoy lots of hiding spots to feel safe in an aquarium environment. Other ornaments large enough to swim around and hide around such as caves and pipes are also great options.

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Aquarium Lighting

Glass catfish are naturally found in darker waters and do prefer the dim environment. While, plants need sufficient light to grow LED lighting is an excellent choice to provide adjustable lighting as desired. LED lighting is also more efficient and runs cooler than traditional aquarium lights.


Althought they mainly occupy the middle level of the aquarium. Aquarium sand is a good substrate to mimic their natural environment and provide a suitable bed for aquatic plants to grow. 

A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium. 

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Aquarium Set-up Service:

Our design team enables us to create the tank you desire, install your tank where you wish to and provide a maintenance service to ensure everything runs smoothly. We can create almost any aquarium from the small home aquarium to large commercial aquariums for offices, hotels or restaurants. Coburg Aquarium, Australia's leading aquarium shop.

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