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Pictus Catfish

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Pictus Catfish Care Guide:

  1. Scientific Name: Pimelodus pictus

  2. Tank Size: Opt for a tank of at least 50 gallons to house a group of Pictus Catfish comfortably.

  3. Water Parameters:

    • Temperature: Maintain a range of 72-78°F (22-26°C).
    • pH Level: Keep the water slightly acidic to neutral, ideally between 6.5-7.5.
    • Water Hardness: Soft to moderately hard water is suitable.
  4. Tank Setup:

    • Provide hiding spots with caves, rocks, and driftwood, as Pictus Catfish enjoy shelter.
    • Use a fine substrate to mimic their natural habitat.
    • Ensure a well-filtered aquarium with moderate water flow.
  5. Diet:

    • Pictus Catfish are carnivores; offer a diet consisting of high-quality sinking pellets, flakes, and live or frozen foods like bloodworms and brine shrimp.
  6. Tank Mates:

    • Pictus Catfish are generally peaceful but can be active; choose tank mates accordingly.
    • Keep them in a group of at least three to promote social behavior.
  7. Maintenance:

    • Perform regular water changes (20-30% every 2 weeks) to maintain water quality.
    • Monitor and maintain stable water parameters.
  8. Behavior:

    • Pictus Catfish are known for their sleek appearance and distinct barbels.
    • They are active swimmers and prefer a well-decorated tank with hiding spots.
  9. Compatibility:

    • Compatible with other medium-sized, peaceful fish.
    • Avoid keeping them with overly aggressive or territorial species.
  10. Breeding:

    • Breeding Pictus Catfish is challenging in a home aquarium.
    • Provide ample hiding spots and consider a separate breeding tank.
  11. Health Monitoring:

    • Regularly observe for signs of stress, disease, or changes in behavior.
    • Quarantine new additions to prevent potential diseases.

By creating an environment that mimics their natural habitat and addressing their specific needs, you can enjoy the lively and unique characteristics of Pictus Catfish in your aquarium.