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Pictus Catfish


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N Bellevue Overlake
15445 NE 24th Street
Call 425-372-5758 to check availability
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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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Pictus Catfish
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Pictus Catfish is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 49.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pictus feeding Our Pictus is awesome. Definitely do not use a net, we had that problem during Sandy Storm and had to cut the net to release, he's fine though, very healthy. This fish LOVES Omega Tubifex freeze dried worms, goes crazy, and occasionally a few very small touches of fresh bloody roast beef.
Date published: 2014-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from These fish are great for picking up food off the bottom. Of course one should be careful not to overfeed but having a fish like this one is quite convenient. They are interesting to watch and are very active.
Date published: 2010-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Pictus Catfish This is my first catfish and It was love at first sight.The store had on their tanks that it needed a 10 gallon tank,which is what have(the website says it needs a 29 gallon).I wish I had researched it first.But because I love him so much,I will be getting him a 36 gallon(I cant believe I started out with a fish bowl 2 months with a betta and Im graduating to a 36 gallon).But thats how awesome these fish are.They have a lot of personality and are so much fun to watch at feeding time.
Date published: 2011-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from crazy i picked up 1 yesterday and he is crazy he swims everywhere and is so active..hes already eaten a piece of an earth worm and is 2 inches long.. he likes to play in my bubble wall in the back of the tank and cleans the bottom pretty well im going to get another one so they can play around.. hes in my 30 gallon long right now and it seems perfect until i upgrade to a 55 gallon
Date published: 2011-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pictus Catfish This is a great fish. He is so much fun and active. If you want him, I would recommend you have at least a 20-30 gallon tank. He needs some room to move around. He will always swim all over and is a lot of fun to watch. I would way recommend this fish!!!!
Date published: 2011-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from cool fish the best fish ever. my fish were so differnt but in a good way mine always chased its tail not kidding he got along with all of the other fish. i would totally recommend this fish
Date published: 2010-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty Pictus I have 3 Pictus Cats, which I've found to be very active, entertaining fish. They are not aggressive, but they WILL EAT smaller fish such as danios, glowfish, guppies, along with ghost shrimp and dwarf frogs. They will, however, live quite happily with medium to large sized tank mates like sharks, giant danios, angle fish, swordtails, etc. In spite of the fact that they are bottom feeders and will help keep your tank clean, they do produce a lot of their own waste and require good filtration. They are also VERY sensitive to ammonia levels and MUST be kept in a well cycled tank w/ a 0ppm ammonia reading. If you notice your cats swimming in tight circles, on their side, upside down, etc.....chances are they're suffering from ammonia poisoning. My not even attempt to add pictus cats to an uncycled (new = sterile) aquarium. They are NOT starter fish.
Date published: 2011-06-26
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Pictus catfish where I buy 2-3 small ones. 

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