Kryptopterus macrocephalus

26. April 2024

This close relative of the well-known and popular glass catfish Kryptopterus vitreolus (formerly: K. bicirrhis) is widespread in Southeast Asia. We have now been able to import this pretty species once again from Indonesia.

The main difference between the glass catfish and K. macrocephalus is that K. macrocephalus has two dark stripes along the body. In addition, K. macrocephalus grows larger, namely approx. 10 cm, while K. vitreolus only reaches a length of 7-8 cm. Otherwise, both species are absolutely comparable in terms of their way of life and habitats (black water). These schooling fish should never be kept individually, but always in as large a group as possible. Glass catfish are carnivores that prefer to eat small live food – even small fish of 1-2 cm in length – but are easy to get used to frozen and granulated food. Glass catfish are completely peaceful towards other fish and plants are not damaged.

For our customers: the animals have code 422202 on our stock list. Please note that we only supply the wholesale trade.

Text & Photos: Frank Schäfer