Pictus Catfish by Yvonne Garcia

Common Name: Pictus Catfish
Latin Name: Pimelodus Pictus
Origin: Columbian Amazon
Temperature: 72-80°F
Ease Of Keeping: Easy
Aggressiveness: Peaceful
Lighting: Subdued
Adult Size: 6″ (15cm)
Minimum Tank Size : 30 gallons
Feeding: Omnivorous, loves frozen or live bbs & bloodworms or any smaller fish that will fit in their mouth


Pictus cats are known to be much better in groups of 3 or more, but can be kept alone with little or no problems.This fish is very prone to Ich (white spot), and because it is scaleless, it is very difficult to rid of the ich without killing the fish. They are not aggressive, but should definately be kept away from anything small enough to be considered a meal. They WILL eat Neon Tetras and other small fish of this same size.

Pictus cats are more active at night or in subdued lighting. By active, I mean you will see them swimming eradically throughout the substrate and up and down the tank’s walls.

I love my pictus…..he’s been nothing more than a great addition to my tank. He does his share of hiding, and sneaking around during the day, but definitely is quite comical in the evening while lights are out in his tank.


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