Max Size: 10cm

African Glass Catfish (Pareutropius debauwi)

African Glass Catfish are a small, shy, active, schooling species that are best kept in small groups of at least 5 or 6 individuals. These Catfish thrive with other small to medium-sized active, peaceful species, including African Tetras and Loaches, in a community aquarium environment. It would be best if you did not keep these Catfish with very large or aggressive species as they are easily intimidated.

African Glass Catfish are rarely imported and are not common in the aquarium trade.

African Glass Catfish are best kept in a densely planted aquarium of at least 200-litres with dark sand or fine gravel substrate and some smooth rocks. Adding driftwood or bogwood pieces will also provide shelter for your fish. These Catfish will also make an excellent addition to a West African biotope aquarium.

These Catfish need plenty of swimming space as well as some floating plants to diffuse the lighting. African Glass Catfish are sensitive to bright lighting and poor water quality; therefore, they require a good filtration system and a small powerhead to provide moderate water movement in the tank. Regular fortnightly water changes are recommended.

African Glass Catfish are a long, slender species with silvery-white bodies. Their body possesses a single black mid-lateral stripe and a faint stripe on the lower part of their body from the head to the caudal fin. In addition, these fish have a forked caudal fin, and the leading edge of the adipose fin is black. Their caudal fil lobes are pointed.


African Glass Catfish
African Glass Catfish
African Glass Catfish
Quick Facts
Scientific NamePareutropius debauwi
Other NamesDebauwi Catfish, Dwarf Pangasius, Striped African Glass Catfish
OriginsAngola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon
Aquarium LevelBottom - Middle
DifficultyIntermediate - Advanced
Best kept asGroups 6+
Lifespan5 - 8 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.5 - 7.5
GH5 - 15
73 - 82℉
22.8 - 27.8℃


In the home aquarium, the African Glass Catfish will readily accept most good quality dried foods such as granules, flakes and sinking pellets. These modern food products have been developed to provide all adequate nutrition to maintain your fish's health and dietary requirements.

Providing additional foodstuffs such as live, frozen, and freeze-dried meals such as bloodworm, daphnia, and tubifex once or twice a week will provide additional benefits to your fish's health and well-being but is not a must for this fish.

It should be noted that bloodworms should only be given as an occasional treat and should not be used as the staple diet as they are difficult for fish to digest and can potentially cause blockages.

This fish is an omnivore in the wild, meaning it will consume some vegetable matter. Although most modern fish foods take this into account and include them in their products, you can still supplement your fish's diet with blanched vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and zucchini. Ensure you do not overfeed your fish and remove any leftovers the following day.

Sexual Dimorphism

It is somewhat difficult to differentiate between male and female African Glass Catfish as they are practically identical. However, females generally have thicker bodies than males, especially when they are full of eggs.

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Date Added: 22/11/2021 13:06:37 - Updated: 06/09/2022 15:02:45