Tropical Fish for Freshwater Aquariums: Pictus Cat - Live Aquaria

Pictus Catfish Care Guide (Diet, Tank, Breeding) | Fish Keeping Advice
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If you really want to take good care of a pictus catfish, ensure that it eats up only a balanced diet. Since it consumes a huge amount of food, it can also best produce a huge amount of waste.
Pictus Catfish Diet
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Try to give it a diet that consists of frozen foods, high quality and sinking pellet, daphnia, brine shrimp, black worms and frozen bloodworms. If you search for the best pellet, you may try to choose for New Life Spectrum commonly used by pictus catfish owners. Diet / Foods: A good tropical flake food or catfish pellet food, sinking wafers.
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Photo provided by FlickrPictus Catfish 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. Gender : Females that are the same age as males are larger.
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Water Conditions
The most suitable temperature of the water for the Pictus catfish is warm water of 72 to 78oF (22 to 25oC). The acidity needed is slight to neutral, pH ranging from 5.8 to 7.2 and hardness from 4 to 8oN dGH ( 71 to 143 ppm, 1,43 to 2.86 mEQ). Pictus is very sensitive to medication and chemicals, therefore ensure you use them only when an emergency arises, that too diluted.
Diet
Though the Pictus catfish consumes all types of food, they are grouped as carnivorous fish. They love eating a sumptuous meal consisting of insects, worms and frozen beef heart, in addition, they welcome flakes of veggies and algae wafers. It is important to feed the Pictus catfish sufficiently well, therefore, be certain that you give them plenty of food dropped at the bottom of the aquarium. In case you feel that they are insufficiently fed, purchase and give them sinking catfish wafers.Information / Facts: The pimelodus pictu, better known as the pictus catfish is a freshwater catfish species commonly with a grey and black spotted body. These fish originated in South America, and in the wild they grow a bit larger than they do in an aquarium. Pictus catfish are omnivores and they can enjoy a varied diet of leftover flake food, live food and nutritive pellets. These fish prefer a warm-water tank kept at approximately 75 to 81 degrees. Ideally the tank will have dim light and be heavily plantedThe pictus catfish shouldn't have to rely on food scrapes for it's diet. The pictus catfish is classified as a carnivorous species, although it doesn't limit it's diet to meaty foods. The pictus catfish will clean up any uneaten flake foods that sink to the bottom, but they prefer meaty foods. The pictus catfish prefers worms, but it will also eat shrimp pellets, sinking catfish wafers and bloodworms. Just make sure you feed your pictus catfish well. If it is underfed, the pictus will start searching for food, and usually finds it in the form of the small fish in it's tank! While the pictus catfish is not an aggressive fish, it will eat smaller fish when hungry, usually fish like neon tetras. In addition to a quality sinking pellet, we would also recommend including some invertebrates in their diets, such as brine shrimp. Frozen foods (and live foods) are also a good treat for your Pictus Catfish, and we regularly feed our own a bunch of different ones such as Daphnia, bloodworms and blackworms.