Pictus cat

Pimelodus pictus should not be confused with Leiarius pictus, a much larger pimelodid.

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The Pictus cat lives in the benthopelagic, freshwater, pH range: 6.0 - 8.0, dH range: 5 - 19 environment.

I have 3 fully grown pictus cats in my 75 gallon tank. I have very strong filtration. Two AquaClear 110's. And lots of air pumps. More

The Pictus Cat is part of the antenna catfishes and usually has a pale to gray body with a black spotted pattern. More

the Pictus Cat can be housed with any soft water tank mate. Tanks with dim light that are heavily planted are ideal for this fish. Rocks, caves, and driftwood also aid in providing an optimal environment for the Pictus Cat. More

The Pictus Cat will feed on left over flake food that accumulates at the bottom of the tank. In addition, small live food and sinking catfish pellet food should be provided for complete nutrition. More

Able to grow to six inches in length, the Pictus Cat should be kept in a tank with subdued lighting and several hiding places in the aquascaping. An active species, this fish can be kept alone but makes a nice display in a small group. More

The Pictus Cat has very sharp spines that easily get caught in a net. Do not handle these fish, these spines can pierce the skin. Difficulty of care: 4. A hardy catfish that requires an occasional feeding of live foods. More

Pictus Catfish are impossable to get a clean shot of they never stop moving so this is the best shot I could get Ranked #1278 out of 5944 freshwater fish worldwide Scientific Name:Pimelodus Pictus Popular Name:Pictus Cat Ratings:4. More

Warning: Always catch your pictus catfish in a plastic container. Pictus “stickers” – their dorsal and pectoral fins – nearly always catch in a regular net. These fins catch – and will not come out - because they have several times more barbs than a fish hook. More

Pictus cats are known to be much better in groups of 3 or more, but can be kept alone with little or no problems. Pictus cats are more active at night or in subdued lighting. More

the pictus cats on the market are shipped from Colombia and Peru, where they are very common. Because of their keen sense of smell and ability to swim in the current (unusual for catfish), they inhabit the shallow, sandy bottom areas along the major rivers. More

The Pictus cat is a most popular member of the large Pimelodidae family of catfish that originate from the warm waters throughout South America. More

I have three pictus cats, I'm not sure if they have ick or not. It almost looks like they have white spots on their face, but the color of the fish makes it hard to tell. More

The Pictus Cat has very sharp pectoral and dorsal spine that can cause painful injures if not handled properly. Great care should be taken when netting these fish as they tend to get caught up in the net's mesh. More

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10 gallon fish tank with pictus cat fish in it? = i have a ten gallon tank with 3 pictus catfish in it. all of the books i have say that they will get to be around 6 inches long. More

Common names

Barbudo in Spanish (español)
Cunchi in Spanish (español)
Cunshi in Spanish (español)
Engelantennenwels in German (Deutsch)
Pictus cat in English
Pilkkuantennimonni in Finnish (suomen kieli)
Plettet trådmalle in Danish (dansk)
平口油鯰 in Mandarin Chinese
平口油鲶 in Mandarin Chinese

Order : Siluriformes
Family : Pimelodidae
Genus : Pimelodus
Species : Pimelodus pictus
Authority : Steindachner, 1876