I just got a pictus catfish for my 75 gallon community tank. I've never kept one before butI thought I needed a bottom dweller as I had none. So far s/he hides a lot, bolting out for flakes and blood worms then back behind the plastic plant.
pretty sure that is normal behavior for catfish, they like the darkI just got a pictus catfish for my 75 gallon community tank. I've never kept one before butI thought I needed a bottom dweller as I had none. So far s/he hides a lot, bolting out for flakes and blood worms then back behind the plastic plant.
Keeping fish singly that need a group of their own species in order to be stress-free is not “fine”. If we started advising everyone to keep neons and cories etc on their own we wouldn’t get very far. Pictus are no different. They’ll survive on their own, but the responsible ones among us keep them properly.Pictus are fine by themselves. What else is in the tank?. They like to go hunting at night so be careful that none of his tank mates are bite size.
Like I said you have kept these fish in schools so you are best to advise. And it has been stated google doesn't keep fish, we do.How many times must the obvious be pointed out...doing searches is fine, but you absolutely must know the site you go to is accurate and reliable, and that means, who owns/runs it. One site is Seriously Fish
and it recommends:
Peaceful enough but bear in mind this is a predatory species. Unfortunately it’s often sold as a bottom dweller for the community of smaller fish, a situation which must have led to the deaths of countless neons, guppies and similarly-sized species. It’s really only suitable for roomy tanks with occupants that can’t be swallowed. It can also bother slower-moving tankmates (such as many cichlids) with its activity levels and long barbels, especially at night or when feeding. Robust, active species therefore make the best tankmates. Rainbowfish, medium to large-sized characins, cyprinids and tough catfish such as Loricariids or Doradids are all suitable.Although a single specimen will survive by itself, it’s a shoaling species by nature and will be much more outgoing and active when maintained in a group of six or more. If kept alone it tends to remain hidden during daylight hours, emerging only after lights out.
Any knowledgeable site will say much the same; those sources online that do not are best ignored since they clearly have little understanding or knowledge of the species.