Pictus Catfish Adult Size: 6 inches (cm)

Last Word:Never catch your pictus catfish in a net and always use medications very carefully.LA.
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Feeding a pictus catfish is a not a difficult task, and like many other catfish, they will eat nearly anything that they can fit into their mouths. This becomes dangerous if you have any small fish in the aquarium, and fish like should be avoided in pictus catfish tanks.
Common Name: Pictus cat, Polka Dot Pictus or Polka Dot Catfish, Angelicus catfish
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I also don't think tiger barbs will help - they DO go after catfish, as that's their natural enemy (not pictus cats, as they come from different continents, but they are similar enough to appear like "enemies" to the tiger-barbs). Pictus Catfish Life Expectancy: 8 years
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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.Foods:Pictus eat whatever you feed them (as well as any small fishes that will fit into their smallish mouths).They love ALL foods. Do not, however, expect them to eat moldy old food layering the bottom. Do not overfeed. Keep your pictus catfish just a bit hungry.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.In the wild, the pictus catfish mainly inhabits shallow waters, and can usually be found in areas with a steady flow of water over a muddy or sandy bottom. It is a shoaling species, and they will often be found in large groups in the wild. Their aquarium should mimic these conditions as closely as possible, and they generally do best when kept in groups, with a low level of illumination and a sandy substrate.The Pictus Catfish (Pimelodus pictus) is a small catfish that is native to the Orinico and Amazon rivers and can be found in Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and Peru. It is occasionally confused with Synodontis Angelicus catfish, but these two catfish require very different conditions, as the Synodontis Angelicus catfish is native to Africa.The pictus catfish is an active fish, that requires a tank that can provide them with a large swimming area. At the bare minimum, they should be provided with at least a 45 gallon (205 liters) aquarium, though larger tanks are preferable. With that being said, even a 45 gallon (205 liter) aquarium can accommodate several pictus catfish, since this species is non-territorial and a handful can co-exist peacefully if given sufficient space.