How To Rehome Pictus Catfish

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Vortexed, Apr 7, 2017.

  1. Vortexed

    Vortexed Valued Member Member

    Sorry for posting another thread! I just couldnt hold off this question as its really important

    I got a pictus catfish thats semi aggressive and I dont have the room for 5 more pictus catfish, but I have no clue how to rehome them! I live in a smaller town in New Jersey, and I don't know anyone with a tank big enough to fit this lil guy!

    Why this question is so important is because I wanna get more schooling fish and such, and I can't do that if my pictus will chase fish around trying to eat em.

    (Not so)fun fact: I had a nightmare where I transfered my pictus and it turned into a giant monster sea creature with sharp fangs. Spookeh!
     
  2. jdhef

    jdhef Moderator Moderator Member

    Check with where you bought him. They may take him back.
     
  3. OP
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    Vortexed

    Vortexed Valued Member Member

    I have tried messaging my local petco and they said I cant take him back if I had him more then 14 days, which I have.
     




  4. Mom2some

    Mom2some Well Known Member Member

    There is a LFS near me that will accept any fish (Even ones you didn't buy from them) in exchange for store credit I think... so maybe call around to some LFS.
     
  5. OP
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    Vortexed

    Vortexed Valued Member Member

    Do you think petsmart would do that? Im in a tough situation where my parents controll my transportation and probably arent in the mood to be driving around for 30 minutes.

    Im afraid to put my pictus in a ziplock and take em to a store, only to have them decline the fish.

    Therefore, any suggestions are appreciated. If you think it would be fine if I ziplocked the bag and tried to return him (had him for a month) then please let me know.
     
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  6. Mom2some

    Mom2some Well Known Member Member

    I would call the store ahead of time to find out before you bothered to transport the fish anywhere. I think that is a valid concern, but one easily manageable. Or go to the store and talk to them in person before bringing the fish.
    If they agree to accept the fish, 1/3 bag of water and 2/3 air is usually a good ratio when you are transporting fish.
     
  7. OP
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    Vortexed

    Vortexed Valued Member Member

    Alright ill attempt to convince my parents to do so..
     
  8. jdhef

    jdhef Moderator Moderator Member

    I don't know where in NJ you live, but if it is anywhere near Clementon/Blackwood, you could try calling The Aquarium Center:  . They may take you fish.
     
  9. OP
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    Vortexed

    Vortexed Valued Member Member

    I live in Phillipsburg.
     
  10. jdhef

    jdhef Moderator Moderator Member

    Hmmm...I don't know where that is, but I'm gonna guess it's in North Jersey.
     
  11. OP
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    Vortexed

    Vortexed Valued Member Member

    Hellooo!

    The pictus in a 20 gallon tank and its 55 gallons. I dont want it eating the other fish either, so if anyone has any suggesti0ns, let me know.

    My location is Phillipsburg, New Jersey, US.
     
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2017
  12. aquatickeeper

    aquatickeeper Fishlore VIP Member

    A quick google search says it's in north jersey
     
  13. OP
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    Vortexed

    Vortexed Valued Member Member

    Ok I may have made a mistake. Im hearing alot of "Pictus will eat neon tetras" What do I do..?

    I got 5 neon tetras.. and I dont want them to get eaten. So I have 2 options...

    A (The prefered option): Put the pictus in my spare 5 gallon tank. I know this is mean to the fish.. but he isnt staying there. He will just be there untill im able to find him a home.

    B: Let my neon tetras get eaten... which I really dont want to do.

    Do you have any suggestions on what to do from what I said above?
     
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  14. jdhef

    jdhef Moderator Moderator Member

    How many neon tetra's do you have? Would it be more appropriate to put them into the 5 gallon tank until you rehome the pictus catfish? If not, I guess the pictus has to go into the 5g inless you want to buy a plastic tote or something.
     
  15. OP
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    Vortexed

    Vortexed Valued Member Member

    Hello!

    Thanks for your suggestion. I had 5 neons.. 2 died from getting stuck in the filter and 1 got eaten. I was able to return the pictus to the store today, but I'm still only down to 2 tetras...
     




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