Pictus Cat


The Pictus Cat is a memeber of the antenna catfish group and usually has a pale to gray body with a black spotted pattern. The pectoral fins are serrated, so it is recommended that a glass bowl or cup be used to capture the fish rather than a net.

As one of the more peaceful fish that adds beauty to your aquarium, 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. In the wild, this fish grows a bit larger than in the aquarium setting, but a minimum of 70 gallons is recommended for proper housing.

These fish are an egg-laying catfish that are very difficult to breed in an aquarium setting.

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.

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Destinee Simmons March 28, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Unlike most catfish these ones are very active, and don’t hide much. Mine is always cruising around or darting across the tank. They need a big tank, that is for sure. It gets along with all my other fish including my shark catfish.

Jonathan September 3, 2011 at 6:33 am

These are really interesting fish. Very active. Very pretty. I found mine to be skittish when movement would occur outside the tank – you have to move slowly. They are also very fast, so that coupled with their size (about 6 inches) will require a medium to large tank. They also like to friends, so plan on buying more than 1.

This fish is NOT completely community safe. They will hunt smaller fish up to Cardinal size (I’ve lost 5 cardinals to them before moving them to another tank).

This fish also will appreciate something to retreat to/under. Not necessarily a cave, but a shelf or a bushy plant with overhanging leaves.

NEVER use a net to catch this fish. Catfish will extend their fins when threatened to make it harder for them to be swallowed. The pectoral fins of this fish are barbed and will entangle a net causing you to have to cut the net off of the fish. Instead, use your hand, or a large cup (32oz) and herd the fish into the cup (it’s actually a little fun and not very hard – especially with a 2nd person).

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