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Glass Catfish

I went to my LFS today to pick up some driftwood for the beast I am preparing to create, and I saw these glass cats in person. They are pretty cool. Does anyone have any experience in a community planted tank with these guys? I know they like to be in groups, not just one or two of them. I think I plan on some Kuhli loaches or corys and rainbows...preacox, boesemans tuquois and reds as well as a school of rummynose. All in all I think a peaceful coexistance.
I also know they don't hang out at the bottom like other cats. Any experience or thoughts?
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I've kept them before in a community tank, but the only time I ever saw them was when I put food in. I'm thinking they need a somewhat dimmer environment as they like to school in the dark spots under overhanging leaves.
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I once kept 4 glass catfish but had to give them away. They couldn't compete as well as my other fish for food, my tetras and rasboras always beat them to the food. They were very good during there stay never bothering anyone. They seem to like a bit of currant to swim against and always schooled in plain view. They really liked eating live and frozen foods.

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I recently bought 4 ghost cats about two weeks ago. They school in a stand still motion (swimming but going no where) under my big amazon sword. They seem shy and doesn't run and fight for food like my rasboras or rummys. At first my one angel fish seemed to chase them once in a while, but since then, left them alone.
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Thanks guys maybe I will try 4 of them and give them frozen food...I think they are peachful and very cool to look at, I just want them to be happy so I thought I'd ask
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I went to my LFS today to pick up some driftwood for the beast I am preparing to create, and I saw these glass cats in person. They are pretty cool. Does anyone have any experience in a community planted tank with these guys? I know they like to be in groups, not just one or two of them. I think I plan on some Kuhli loaches or corys and rainbows...preacox, boesemans tuquois and reds as well as a school of rummynose. All in all I think a peaceful coexistance.
I also know they don't hang out at the bottom like other cats. Any experience or thoughts?

You'll love the Bosemanis and Turqs. Consider getting a female of each if possible.It will make the show alot more interesting. And IMO, at least three of each species. I think its better to have just a couple of species and keep enough. My Bosemanis will hang with my Turqs, but tend to prefer each other as is predictable. Rainbowfish have so much personality and are always on the go if not over fed, (like mine?). I love watching them reverse dive for flakes. They are a terrific community tank fish.





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That's the plan, Bob I love the colors too. I think they compliment the community just fine. This is my list so far. Tell me what you think.

90 gal acrylic

5 bosemani 2 males 3 females
6 turquoise 3 males 3 females
4 praecox 2 males 2 females
5 or 6 kuhlies or yoyo's
8 cories ..not sure which species yet and I have to make sure they don't scratch up the acrylid like plecos do
8-10 rummynose tetras
4 glass cats
and when your tank has been established for a couple of months 5+ ottos
some cherry shrinp
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Thats a nice list. Its probably OK. You might want to not start that high. Maybe start with just 4 bosemani and turqs with 2 of each sex (Eight total). As you know the boys have the color, but the girls will keep them hopping! I only have six total in my tank with 5 boys and one gal who is everybody's fav... They really like to cruise so give them plenty of open area, which won't be a prob with a young 90G. I'm pretty sure the corys won't scratch the acrylic. The Corys would be happiest if you limit to two species, one would be better. The Rainbows are pig eaters so you might want to feed some after lights out so the Cory's and loaches get some bloodworm/brine shrimp too. Its good that you have a large cleanup crew. Overall, it looks like a good list. A fun cheap tetra that is under appreciated are the black neons. I love that fish. They love the current and aren't scaredy cats like many Tetras. Maybe just 5 or 6 corys to start. Its hard to cut back on fish, but it sure makes keeping an algae free tank easier. Thats why you see so many competition tanks with a very small fauna population. And you know not to introduce very many at first, right. Gradually is important...Anyhow, thats my .02s. Sounds like you're going to be having a lot of fun real soon!





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Forgot to mention, I know absolutely nothing about glass cats except what I read above. I'll have to check them out... cheers. bob





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