Pictus Catfish Tankmates
Posted 27 April 2008 - 04:22 PM
I am new to the hobby and am thinking about a couple of Pictuses as the centre piece of my aquarium. I have a 135l hexagonal one currently being run in.
What I would like to know is
1 Is this suitable for these fish and
2 What colourful tankmates aresuitable for this fish.I do not want them eaten in a year or so!
eg Red Tailed Black Shark Siamese Flying Fox Guppies, Danios Bettas Angelfish Platys etc
Posted 28 April 2008 - 09:15 AM
The swimming space in a hex is too small and they will get stressed. They are fast & highly active fish and need plenty of room I'm afraid.
A pair of Angelfish would be lovely for such a tank. And perhaps some cories for the bottom if you want some activity.
Edited by Bloo, 28 April 2008 - 09:16 AM.
Posted 29 April 2008 - 11:09 AM
as far as i am aware anything is pretty much ok so long as it doesnt fit in the pictus's mouth lol
i doupt it would eat the red tail but as they are both aggressive fish it might get a bit ugly
Posted 29 April 2008 - 12:59 PM
Pictus are not aggressive either. They may well carnivores / omnivores but I have not ever witnessed strong territorial behaviour or aggression towards other fish.
Edited by Bloo, 29 April 2008 - 01:01 PM.
Posted 04 May 2008 - 03:51 PM
hyperactive,rowdy,long flowing whiskers.... yeah,sounds like me
mmmm i might go gobble up a few neons.......
Posted 04 May 2008 - 05:22 PM
and two are just the same as the other two were. di
Posted 05 May 2008 - 02:45 AM
Posted 28 May 2008 - 09:59 PM
Pim Pictus can become quite territorial, and fights over hidey holes are quite frequent, often resulting in a series of "growls" (caused by their pectoral rays rubbing on a bony plate in its shoulder) and normally a few ripped fins. Given time and not enough hiding spots this can progress to more serious injuries.
I have kept 2x Pimelodela Ornata and 4x Pimelodela Pictus in the same tank before, so its doable, and very rewarding, but for what you have at the minute i dont think its quite time to be investing in these charming little catfish
Posted 15 June 2013 - 02:42 PM
Sorry to dredge this topic up from the past but I have a single pictus catfish and a single red tail black shark, after a dose of ich from pets at home thats all that has survived, only had one of each to begin with! can you advise on tankmates??
Posted 02 July 2013 - 09:11 PM
Closing this topic - Steve you would be best starting a new topic in the tropical discussion thread
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