African Glass Catfish (Pareutropius buffei)

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African Glass Catfish

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African Glass Catfish

Pareutropius buffei

95 Litres (25 US G.)

5.1-7.6cm (2-3 ")




6.5 - 7.5

23 -26 °C (73.4-78.8°F)

4-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

5-8 years



Additional names

African Glass Catfish, Three Striped African Glass Catfish

Additional scientific names

Eutropiellus buffei, Eutropius buffei, Eutropiellus vandeweyeri

Origin[edit | edit source]

Widespread in Nigerian & Cameroon Rivers.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Mature females will have thicker bodies than males, is not easy to spot however unless they are in a group together for comparison.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

A shy peaceful catfish that should be kept in shoals of at least 5-6 individuals. Will do well with other peaceful active fish including Loaches and African Tetras.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Should not be a fussy eater accepting most catfish pellets and flake as well as live/frozen foods such as bloodworm and brine shrimp.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Provide this fish with a spacious tank with dense planting and hiding places in bogwood and rock around the edges with some open swimming space towards the centre of the tank. A long tank is best for this fish and they do not appreciate very bright lighting so floating plants are desirable.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

An active little fish that can be quite shy, it finds confidence when in groups of its own kind.

Identification[edit | edit source]

A long and slender fish with a forked caudal fin which can be mistaken for Pareutropius debauwi, it is difficult to tell these fish apart when juvenile. It has three bold lateral body stripes, the lower is broken around the pelvic fins and a stripe or spot on each of the caudal fin lobes.

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