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Pictus Catfish


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  • Diet: Flake, Frozen, Freeze-dried
  • Maximum size: 10"
  • Water temperature: 72-82° F
  • Swimming level: Bottom
  • Experience level: Intermediate
  • Tank Setup: 29+ gallons
Note: Pet availability is seasonal. State and local regulations may vary. Pricing may vary by store location. PetSmart stores cannot match the price above for this pet. Ask a store associate for details. Catfish typically prefer to be in groups of three or more. However, larger species can be kept individually. Some species of catfish are useful in keeping the aquarium clean and free from algae. As omnivores, catfish eat both plant and animal matter, including prepared foods, small live foods and certain vegetables. If you must handle your catfish be aware that they have stiff, sharp spines on their fins that can inflict painful wounds.

Learn about the Pictus Catfish

Common Name
Pictus Catfish

Other Common Names
Polka Dot Pictus, Polka Dot Catfish

Scientific Name
Pimelodus pictus



Feeding Habits
Live blood worms, glass worms, brine shrimp, tubifex worms, fish, crustaceans and invertebrates. Frozen plankton, beef heart, brine shrimp, glass worms and blood worms. Freeze dried and tablet foods also accepted.

Peaceful and schooling with fish of the same size, but will eat any fish it can fit into their mouth.

Columbia: Moderately decorated with rocks, live plants and driftwood.

The adult female is larger than the adult male.

Additional Comments
The Pictus Catfish 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.

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out of stock USD 9.69
Pictus Catfish is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 48.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Overall Cat With Some Caveats The Pictus Cat is a great catfish to add with just about any other fish, including aggressive Cichlids. The Pictus has the tiny little poisonous barbs which other fish in the tank will quickly and painfully learn to respect. I've had Pictus Cats together with a pair of Oscars and they do just fine. They are also a long-lived and durable species that is pretty easy to care for once they're in the tank. Now for the BIG warnings. As with all barbed fishes, you DO NOT want to use a normal fish net with a Pictus Cat. They will become ensnared in the mesh and getting them out will not only be uncomfortable for you, but it will more than likely kill the fish. I watched a PetSmart employee unfortunately make this rookie mistake. To remove a barbed cat, you always use either a plastic tray or a plastic baggie to capture them with. Pictus Cats will swim around a bit, especially during feeding time, but really do prefer the bottom of the tank. They also will seek out the shade from any decorations, lounging peacefully in a castle or rock arch. Their distinctive black spots will become less prominent as they grow larger, but their long, elegant whiskers are a really neat feature...
Date published: 2014-11-19
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