Glass Fish

 
  • Group: Brackish water
  • Size: Small
  • Temperament: Non-aggressive
  • Swimming Region(s): Middle
  • Suitable Tank Mates: Archer Fish, Platys, Guppies, Gobies and Mono Fish
  • Difficulty Of Care: Daily care

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Also known as the Indian Glassy Fish and sometimes as the Malaysian Glassy Fish, the glass fish is one of the more fascinating species of aquarium fish. Its most astounding feature is its completely transparent body which reveals its bones and internal organs, hence its name. When buying this fish from a pet store it is important to avoid fish labeled “dyed glassfish” or “disco fish.” These are glass fish which have been injected with artificial dyes to make them more attractive to the average hobbyist. Many beginner aquarists are fooled into believing that these colorations are natural when in fact the process in which they are injected into the fish is extremely stressful and often causes disease and death.

Also known as the Indian Glassy Fish and sometimes as the Malaysian Glassy Fish, the glass fish is one of the more fascinating species of aquarium fish.

Glass fish are native to South Asia.

Glass fish are completely transparent in color. Males often develop a black tinge on their dorsal fins.

glass-fish-1Glass fish are a small species of fish that grows only up to about 3 inches in length. They are also a schooling species of fish and do best when kept in large shoals. When kept alone or in small groups, these fish can become extremely timid and suffer from stress.

Glass fish are a very peaceful species of fish and make excellent tank mates for other small to medium sized, non-aggressive brackish water fish. They should not be kept with larger, predatory species which may harass or devour them.

Glass fish are carnivores and thrive on live foods such as mosquito larvae, tubiflex worms and blood worms. They can also be fed with frozen and freeze dried foods.

Glass fish are a small species of fish that grows only up to about 3 inches in length.

In the wild glass fish spawn during the monsoon seasons when temperatures increase and the rains reduce water hardness. They can be induced to spawn in the aquarium by adding small amounts of freshwater to the aquarium daily and by gradually increasing the water temperature. Glass fish spawn on broad leaved plants. However, the adults will eat their own eggs and fry. So when breeding them it is best to separate the breeding pair into a heavily planted spawning tank and remove them once the eggs are laid.

Photo credit: Sam Wise/Flickr; Krishna/Flickr


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  • Difficulty Of Care: Weekly care