Cost: $10-45, the price really depends on where you live and how far the Pictus Catfish had to be imported. Most buyers should be able to find the Pictus Catfish for sale at the cheaper end of the price range.
Short Bio: The Pictus Catfish with its silver body, elegant lines, and black dots is a truly striking species. To see this fish at its best be sure to provide plenty of swimming space. When ever handling the Pictus Catfish be sure to avoid the pectoral fins. The pectoral fins are very sharp and serrated and will easily get snagged in nets, and can easily prick your skin, which is a short, but painful experience.
Moving the Pictus Catfish to your tank, or another tank:
Normally I don’t need to explain how to transfer a fish, but when dealing with the Pictus Catfish there is a little extra work that must be done to ensure the fishes safety as well as yours.
When your try to catch the Pictus Catfish don’t use a net. As mentioned before the pectoral fins will get snagged in the net. So what you do is take a jar, large bowl, or Tupperware of some kind and try to scoop up the Pictus Catfish. This helps to avoid the fins getting snagged and will give you a better chance of not getting poked.
They are fast, so have fun try to catch them 😀 I know that I always do ;).
Peru and Columbia.
Both males and females will roughly reach the length of 5.3 inches (13.5 cm).
The only method that I know of is venting, because there is not way to determined a Pictus Catfish’s gender by just looking at one.
The minimum tank measurements should be 36 x 12 x 12 inches ( 90 x 30 x 30 cm).
Temperature 71-79 degrees Fahrenheit (22-26 Celsius). The water should be of good quality, soft to medium hard, with a Ph reading of 5.6—7.0, which is slight acid to neutral.
The tank should be decorated with plants, and have many hiding places. To create some hiding places try using trees roots, and be sure to have plenty of open areas.
You should only keep around 4 in a single tank (that has the dimensions mentioned earlier).
The Pictus Catfish tends to utilize the entire tank, and so it’s not a bottom dweller or surface fish, it’s a fish that uses all areas of the tank.
In the wild will eat smaller fish, and insect larvae. In the aquarium will eat a wide range of foods. You can feed the Pictus Catfish fish pieces, frozen foods, tablets, flakes, and even small strips of beef.
If the Pictus Catfish is kept with tankmates that are at least half its size there is usually not problem and the Pictus Catfish is generalized as a peaceful fish. As mentioned before the Pictus Catfish will eat small fish in the wild, so just don’t have small fish species such as Characins as tankmates.
No known records of captive breeding. I once saw a documentary that showed wild Pictus Catfish breeding, and what the Pictus Catfish were doing was while a mouthbrooding cichlid was trying to scoop up eggs into its mouth the Pictus Catfish would fight a little bit with the cichlid while it layed its own eggs. Then the Pictus would swim away and the mouthbrooding cichlid would suck up the Pictus eggs, where they would hatch later on and eat the smaller cichlid fry that were hatching at the same time. Finally after eating all of the cichlid fry the Pictus babies would raise their dorsal, which would poke the mouthbrooder in the mouth and the Pitcus babies would swim out and start their own lives. Usually own 2-4 Pictus Catfish are born at a time.
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