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Pictus cat

Pimelodus pictus

 

 

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Please remember that the following comments are personal experiences and may or may not apply to your setup. Use them as guide to help better understand your fish, like us all individuals will behave differently under different circumstances.

 

From: Karen
Date:02/19/2006
I have 3 pictus cats and 5 silver dollars in a 55 gallon aquarium. These are my two all time favorite fish. The light is very subdued, being the light strip from a ten gallon tank. I think both these fish look their best at this lower light and are calmer but always on the move. Just be sure to quarantine the cats, they seem to be very prone to ich, which while easily cured in these guys you have to be careful as they are scaleless.
From: Whoopiewoo
Date:05/27/2003
I have had my pictus cat for over 10 years, and he is thriving well in a 55 gallon tank. I have been able to keep him with a variety of tetras, etc., with the exception of neons of any size - which he eats for dessert, other very small fish and loaches. Very active, but at night. He likes the shade during the day. At one point, years ago, he got into a fight with a plecostomus and has lost one of his whiskers. He won the fight though. He has had been able to live well with other plecostomoses over the years, so I think this was a limited personality problem. Obviously, as a bottom feeder, other bottom feeders are competition, so you must supplement appropriately.
From: Tony & Shannon
Date:01/02/2003
We have one of these. He's pretty cool. He likes to hide in the corner piece with our black ghost knife fish. Just be careful if using a net to catch them; ours got stuck and I had to use scissors, tweezers, and needle nose pliers to get the net off. He is interesting and has a personality all his own. Enjoy!!!
From: Marlania
Date:01/05/2003
I have had three Pictus Catfish for several years now. They spend a lot of their time hiding behind rocks and under plant leaves, but they often get antsy and begin swimming up and down the glass for hours. They work great in my tank, and I love their long whiskers. They are very easy to care for and quite hardy.
From: Tony & Shannon
Date:01/02/2003
We have one of these. He's pretty cool. He likes to hide in the corner piece with our black ghost knife fish. Just be careful if using a net to catch them; ours got stuck and I had to use scissors, tweezers, and needle nose pliers to get the net off. He is interesting and has a personality all his own. Enjoy!!!
From: Matt
Date:01/09/2003
I work in a pet store, and I must say these are the most active fish I have ever seen. They are very interesting to watch since they are always on the move. This being said, I absolutely hate these fish. I can't use a net to catch them because they always get stuck, so catching them for people becomes an interesting task. A word of caution: If you ever have to catch it to move it, do NOT use a net unless you want to ruin it.

 

 

 

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