Published August 6, 2019
Author: Mike - FishLore Admin
The Pictus Catfish (Pimelodus pictus) is a very active catfish species that gets to around 4 inches (11 cm). Even though they are on the smaller side they still need at least a 55 gallon tank or larger to allow for adequate swimming room. You can keep them with other pictus cats or similar sized fish species. They may eat smaller tetras.
Pictus catfish are not all that picky and should accept flake fish food, catfish pellets or sinking catfish wafers. Give them live brine shrimp or thawed freshwater preparations (cube packs) ocassionally. This catfish will bring lots of activity to your tank.
Use care when transferring them due to their very long barbels and sharp spines on the dorsal and pectoral fins.
Pictus Catfish Care
Scientific Name : Pimelodus pictus
Common Names : Pictus Cat
Care Level : Moderate (needs a huge tank or pond)
Size : Up to 4 inches (11 cm)
Water Parameters : pH 6 - 8 | Temperature : 71°F - 77°F (22°C - 25°C) | Water Hardness : 5° to 18° dH
Lifespan : several years
Origin / Habitat : South America, Amazon and Orinoco River basins
Temperament / Behavior : They are very active but not all that aggressive and can be kept with similar sized tank mates. May eat smaller tetras.
Breeding : No info at this time on breeding.
Aquarium Size : 55 gallons (210 liters) or larger given that they are active swimmers.
Tank Mates : Similar sized fish species with similar water requirements should be fine.
Diet / Foods : A good tropical flake food or catfish pellet food, sinking wafers. Add in some live or thawed brine shrimp or blood worms from time to time.
Tank Region : Bottom to middle
Gender : Females that are the same age as males are larger.
Photo Credit : Photos copyright JJPhoto.dk
Pictus Catfish Comments
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