Pictus Catfish Adult Size: 6 inches (cm)

Pictus Catfish Life Expectancy: 8 years
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For filtration, any good quality filtration system will suffice, but the type we would recommend would be a hang on back filter, simply because of the current that they can create. Pictus Catfish are notorious eaters, so they produce a lot of waste. Combine that with their sensitivity towards nitrates, and you will understand how important it is for your filtration system to be as good as possible.
Pictus Catfish Habitat: Colombia, South America
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The Four-lined Pimodella is often confused with its relative the Pictus Pimodella or Pictus Cat . However the Four-lined Pimelodus doesn't have the spotted patterning of the Pictus catfish. Also it is a much larger catfish, reaching about 8 inches (20 cm) in the aquarium while the Pictus Pimelodus only reaches only about 4 1/2 inches (11 cm) in the aquarium. Pictus Catfish Minimum Tank Size:  20gallons
Photo provided by FlickrPictus Catfish Diet & Nutrition: Omnivorous - will eat most sinking foods.
Photo provided by FlickrPictus Catfish Breeding & Spawning: Unknown
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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.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.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 home aquarium, they generally grow to a maximum size of 5 inches, though there is a rarely seen small spotted variant that can grow even larger. Most of the commonly available pictus catfish in the aquarium hobby are the large spotted variant.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.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.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.Pictus catfish generally do best when kept in a riverine biope aquarium, and plants, driftwood and river rocks can be added to simulate a river in their tank. Because of their low light requirements, you can add , moss balls, or any other low light plant that is available in your area.