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Congo Glass Catfish (Parailia congica)

The Congo Glass Catfish or Parailia congica is an amazing fish with a semi-transparent body. You can actually see the internal organs and backbone of this fish right through its skin! This freshwater fish is also known as the African Glass Catfish and can grow to about 3" (8cm) in maximum length. Their odd appearance makes them a favorite in aquariums.  The follow water conditions are acceptable, pH 6.5 to 7.5 (6.9), 2-15 dH (8) and temperatures between 73-79°F (23-26°C). They are considered to be a good community fish and should be in a tank of at least 30 gallons with plenty of hiding places with vegetation if possible. They can be fed flake food, brine shrimp, tubifex and the live food as much as possible to keep them healthy.

Congo Glass Catfish have a scaleless body that lacks pigment and gives them their unusual appearance. They often have small brown spots that cover their bodies. They have a darker brown stripe that runs through the middle of its body to its tail. This species of Catfish has long barbels on its upper jaw and two shorter barbels on its lower jaw. They have no dorsal or adipose fins. You can check out the Congo Glass Catfish underwater in the video below.
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