Approx. 2″ – 2.5″
Glass Catfish lack body pigment and are transparent. They have a slender body, an anal fin that extends almost from the head to the forked caudal fin, two long barbels, and usually only grow to about 3″ in length. Most of their organs are located towards the head and although they are transparent, they have an iridescent rainbow color when the light strikes them at the right angle.
Glass Catfish are a timid, non-aggressive, mid water swimming species that prefer hiding in the darker areas of the river. They are frequently collected while hiding under logs, elevated rock outcroppings, and in the shadows of overhanging vegetation in areas with a good amount of water movement.
In an aquarium environment, they need a densely planted tank with a lot of swimming area, a gentle amount of current, and some driftwood roots for shelter. A generous growth of aquatic plants is imperative to their well being, and floating plants should also be included in their tank to filter out bright lighting. In their natural habitat they are found in small schools, and should be kept with at least 5 or 6 of their own kind in a community tank setting with other peaceful fish of the same size. They do well with the smaller tetras, Corydoras, etc.
Glass catfish are relatively delicate and are extremely sensitive to changes in water quality and pH. They do best in soft (less than 10 ° dGH), slightly acidic (pH 6.5) water, at a temperature around 77 °F. A good quality filter that provides some water movement is necessary for this species.
Glass Catfish in an aquarium environment are reputedly finicky eaters however, they will accept live, frozen, or freeze dried bloodworms, tubifex, brine shrimp, and mosquito larvae. They can be weaned to accept flake foods.
Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Water Conditions: 75-80° F, KH 8-12, pH 6.5-7.0
Max. Size: 3″”
Color Form: Clear
Lifespan: 3-6 years
Aquarist Experience Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Peaceful Aquarium Hardiness: Hardy Water Conditions: 70-82° F, KH 10-25, pH 7.5-8.5 Max. Size: 3″ Color Form: Black, Green, Orange, Red, Dalmation Diet: Omnivore Compatibility: Community tank Origin: Mexico, southern U.S. Family: Poeciliidae Lifespan: 2-5 years Aquarist Experience Level: Beginner
Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons Care Level: Easy Temperament: Peaceful Aquarium Hardiness: Very Hardy Water Conditions: 72-82° F, 4-10 dGH, pH 6.0-7.5 Max Size: 2″ Color Form: Blue, Clear, Orange, Red Diet: Omnivore Compatibility: suitable for community tanks Origin: Ganges, Jumna, Bramaputra Family: Belontiidae Lifespan: 4-8 years Aquarist Experience Level: Intermediate
Badis are a peaceful species, though best kept in a species only tank due to being territorial after spawning. Badis are particularly helpful at reducing snail populations should they pose an issue in a tank. They are a shy, tiny, tropical freshwater fish considered one of the more underrated species in the hobby, neglected despite their brilliant coloration, stripes, and unique personality reminiscent of dwarf cichlids that make them quite an interesting species to keep and watch.
Male Badis look a bit slimmer than females, and their pelvic fins also extend out further as they develop and mature than those of the female.
Males are also more colorful than females (which are without the red or blue colors on their flanks), making them the more popular sex for importation. The Badis come with seven bold stripes along their body.
Badis prefer the best of both worlds: well-planted tanks offering lots of hiding places and dark “secure” areas between rocks and wood, as well as open swimming areas to move around in. Using the water conditions above should render very healthy and vibrant Badis.
Badis accept all varieties of food from the staple quality flakes, to blood worms and white worms as treats.
Minimum Tank Size: 150 gallon Care Level: Moderate Temperament: Semi-aggressive Aquarium Hardiness: Hardy Water Conditions: 72-82° F, dGH 2 – 10, pH 6.5-7.8 Max Size: 14″ Color Form: Black, White, Yellow Diet: Omnivore Compatibility: Not suitable for peaceful community tanks Origin: Farm Raised, Thailand Family: Cyprinidae Life Span: 8 – 10 years Aquarist Experience Level: Intermediate