Aquaria Central ................................Pictus catfish


Pimelodus pictus
Other names:...........Spotted catfish
Origin:......................Central and South America, Southern Mexico
Max size:..................6"
PH:............-..............6.6-7.2
Temperature:...........74-80 F.
Min tank size:..........35 gallons
Food:.........................beef heart, sinking pellets, worms

The Pictus catfish is a predator with an elongated body of silvery-white color. There are several black, oval-shaped spots down the body and on the fins. The adipose fin is large, with a black tip, and the other fins are black-marked to some degree. The barbels are very long, and help to locate food and navigate around in dark and muddy waters.

The Pictus catfish is nocturnal, but will adjust to lighted aquariums. It likes to hide out in caves, but will come out for food. This fish makes a good scavenger and has an acute sense of smell. If not fed well enough, they will occasionally pick off a neon or other small fish. The pictus catfish are particularly fond of worms, but will gobble up most meaty foods. They will sometimes over-eat so much that their stomachs will bulge, raising their whole body well above the gravel. Breeding and sexing of this fish is unknown.

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