Pictus Catfish Tropical Fish Information

Pimelodus pictus
Pictus Catfish
Behaviour Peaceful, active
Typical size 10cm
Max size 12cm
Tank Area Bottom
Min Tank Size 90cm
Temp Min: 22℃ Max: 26℃
Feeding Tablet, dried, sinking, live, frozen foods
pH Range 5.5-8.5
Hardness vs,s,m,h,vh
Pictus Catfish Pimelodus pictus
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Pictus Catfish (Pimelodus pictus)

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The Pictus Catfish is an attractive silvery fish with very long whiskers which will actively and constantly scavange the aquarium floor for bits of food. The fish can be kept in singles or in groups, prefferably the latter. Pictus Cats are naturally nocturnal, although many aquarium specimens will often become active during the day, especially in the evening or around feeding time. Although the Pictus Cat only grows to 12cm, a large tank is required to provide ample swimming room. The fish will adapt to a wide range of water conditions but does best in well filtered water and neutral or acidic pH. Do not catch these fish with a net, they have many small spines which will become trapped, causing stress and damage to the fish.

Pictus Catfish Facts

Family Pimelodidae | Synonyms Pimelodella picta, P. pictus, P. angelicus, Pimelodus pictus | Other names Pimelodus, Angelicus | Origin South America; Columbia, Amazon and Orinoco River basins | Natural Water Conditions pH 6-8, soft to hard



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