Pictus Catfish - How to Care for Pictus Catfish - Aquarium Tidings

Spotted Raphael Catfish, Agamyxis pectinifrons, Spotted Talking Catfish
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We bought a small one, maybe an inch, long from our local petstore for $10 bucks two years ago. She is currently about 8 inches long and 4 fingers fat hence her name (BIG BLACK). she loves her buddies in the tank.. 4 parrot fish one small regular algae eater, a Boeseman's Rainbowfish , a crayfish in which she couldn't care less about, two small black tipped shark catfish , a tetra and a Chinese algae eater. and a snail about 3 inches long. She is very fun to watch when she decides to come out of her shipwreck...she actually swims with our other fish.. However we seem to be missing 3 of the 4 Chinese algae eaters.. We are down to the biggest one, (only about 2 inches long)she also ate all three of our plateys which where about half her size.. She now seems to be content with the feeder fish, flakes and algae pellets we put in the tank. Big black is one of our favorite fish and don't mind she eats some of our inexpensive fishes... although its sad when we wake up and are short one fish.. lol.. She hasn't eaten anymore in a few months.. Although she does chase our parrots out of the shipwreck cave when they venture in there. Big Black is amazing and lived most of her life in a very small cave in a 30 gallon tank which we don't know how she fit in and out of. She now is in a 75 gallon beautiful tank in which she seems very happy with. She has this beautiful row of perfectly straight diamond spots down both sides. I wasn't quite sure what we were up for when we bought her.. But I am glad we did as we spend much of our time sitting in front of our tank watching her.. From: Alicia
Jul 17, 2014 - Learn how to care for Pictus Catfish
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Description: Like all native North American catfishes, a channel cat has a body that is cylindrical in cross section and lacks scales. Fins are soft rayed with the exception of the dorsal and pectoral fins which have sharp hard spins that can inflict a nasty wound if catfish is not handled with care. A spineless adipose fin is located on the back between dorsal and caudal fins. One conspicuous characteristic of all catfish is the presence of barbels, often mistakenly called whiskers, around the mouth. The barbels are arranged in a definite pattern with four under the jaw and two located above the mouth. The channel catfish is the only catfish in North America with a deeply forked tail. There are 24-29 rays on the anal fin. They are generally drab green to blue on the back shading to off-white ventrally. Their coloration is largely dictated by the water quality of the water they inhabit. In clear water they appear almost black, while in muddy water they can appear yellow. Young channel catfish are irregularly spotted on the sides, with the spots disappearing as maturation progresses. pictus catfish in the aquarium hobby are the large spotted variant.
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Photo provided by FlickrThe Pictus Catfish (Pimelodus pictus) is a very active catfish species that gets to ..
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The Spotted Raphael Catfish are fairly hardy when mature, but are subject to the same diseases as other tropical fish. Disease is not usually a problem in a well maintained aquarium and these catfish are very resilient. The most common problem that happens to this fish are injuries from netting and transportation. Take great caution when catching and removing this fish. High nitrate levels can also cause these catfish to develop infected barbels; this makes it difficult for them to navigate and eat normally. Maintain nitrate levels below 20 ppm through regular water changes.Because they are a scaleless fish, catfish can be treated with pimafix or melafix but should not be treated with potassium permanganate or copper based medications. Malachite green or formalin can be used at one half to one fourth the recommended dosage. Take care when treating disease as the is extremely sensitive to medications.The best way to proactively prevent disease is to give your fish the proper environment and give them a well balanced diet. The closer to their natural habitat the less stress the fish will have, making them healthier and happy. A stressed fish will is more likely to acquire disease. Anything you add to your tank can bring disease to your tank. Not only other fish but plants, substrate, and decorations can harbor bacteria. Properly clean or quarantine anything that you add to an established tank so not to add new diseases to the tank. For information about fish diseases and illnesses, see This catfish is from the doradidae family, all of which are pretty robust fish. They have small, irregular white spots and a black body. The spot pattern of each fish is individual, similar to human fingerprints. There are spine ridges running along the back from the gills to the caudal fin. They have pretty large mouths, and three pairs of barbels; one pair on the upper jaw, and the other two on the lower jaw. It can make audible clicking sounds, as well as a growling sound, which is made by rotating the pectoral fins and amplified by the swim bladder. Be careful when netting this fish; because of the spines it can easily become entangled. Use a jar or plastic bag if possible. In the wild they are found in shallow flood ponds in Eastern Peru and Ecuador.