Pictus Catfish (Pimelodus Pictus)

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Scientific Name(s): Pimelodus Pictus


Common Name(s): Pictus Catfish, Spotted Pimelodus


Family: Pimelodidae


Species Type: South American Catfish


Maximum Size: 6 inches


Life Span: 8 years


Natural Habitat: Colombia, South America


Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons


Tank Region: Bottom


Possible Tank Mates: Tetras, american cichlids, community


Description: One of the most popular catfish, it has a striking spotted pattern and long barbels. They are not aggressive, but avoid keeping with fish small enough to fit in in their mouths - They may not be there in the morning! Often feed in a somewhat frenzied scatty manner, which may alarm calmer fish. They are more active by day when kept as a small group. Do not use nets to catch these fish, as they have sharp spines which will become entangled.


Temperature Range: 73°F - 78°F



pH Range: 5.8 - 6.8

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Hardness Range: 4° - 10°



Breeding Information: Unknown


Sexing Information: Unknown


Diet: Omnivorous - will eat most sinking foods.


Temperament: Generally peaceful but may eat fish small enough to fit in its mouth. May become territorial with other bottom dwelling species.


Common Diseases: None other than those common to all tropical species.


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