Do your pictus catfish come out during the day?

  1. Canadian Fish Member Member

    I was debating getting some pictus catfish.

    I was wondering if they are strictly nocturnal, or if they come out and are active during the day?

    Also, can they be kept in a group of 3, or do they need a larger group to be happy?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Dino Fishlore VIP Member

    Those I have had in the past, only came out at night or when food was present.
    Be aware these fish get large and are predators.
     

  3. iZaO Jnr Well Known Member Member

    Dino is right. Some get up to 40cm long, and are really true predators.

    Keeping 3 minimum is recommended but i've seen them more active in larger groups, as is any shoaling fish.
     
  4. eckokid Initiate Member

    I have only one but he is one of the most active fish in the tank.He is tough but he doesn't bother my small black neons.He is a lot of fun to watch.I never heard that they should be kept in 3 or more but I guess maybe its true.
     

  5. iZaO Jnr Well Known Member Member

    Most people say 3 at least, but they are schooling fish so i believe the convention of bare minimum 6 should be applied here. How big is your pictus, because as he gets bigger the chance of it becoming a predator to your neons...
     
  6. eckokid Initiate Member

    He is still small about 3 inches.I fear that the neons are in danger in the future.I would love more but the space in the tank is limited.If I notice a neon gone I have a tank for them.My pictus seems to stay bottom and the neons stay a top.
     
  7. iZaO Jnr Well Known Member Member

    Yeah as he gets bigger your neons will appear very snack like to him. I recommend preventing that from happening rather than doing something about it after something happens
     

  8. Shawnie Fishlore Legend Member

    Mine were always out as well. Although they are control freaks over their OWN area, they did well with other cichlids. They also will do fine with 1 or more.
     
  9. Wendy Lubianetsky Well Known Member Member

    Are albino corries and pictus catfish similiar? My Corries stay out all day and night. I see them slumbering in the corner together occassionally.
     
  10. iZaO Jnr Well Known Member Member

    Albino fish, any in general, arent great fans of sunlight especially, but also lights from the tanks. Their skin is more sensitive to the wave-particle nature of light, as are albino humans. They will naturally adapt to this by preferring less light.