8 - 12
Minimum Tank Size
Neutral (6.5-7.5 pH), Intermediate Water Hardness (4+ dKH), 68 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit
General: The Pictus Catfish (Pimelodus blochii) are a Central American Catfish that is capable of adapting to brackish (partial saltwater) conditions for a brief period of time. Within the aquarist hobby, Pictus Catfish are considered to be scaleless (finely scaled). This feature makes them susceptible to external parasites brought out by improper water chemistries. When keeping Pictus Catfish, it is critical to maintain low levels of Ammonia (NH4), Nitrite (NO2), and Nitrate (NO3). The Pictus Catfish are considered to be semi-aggressive, and very active. It is often best to keep them with other fish of that same nature. The Pictus Catfish will reach a length of up to twelve inches, and should be kept in groups of six, or more, per thirty gallons.
Fecundity: The Pictus Catfish (Pimelodus blochii) female may produce up to 50,000 eggs per clutch.
Preferred Water Chemistry: Neutral (6.5-7.5 pH), Intermediate Water Hardness (4+ dKH)
Aquarium Diet (Omnivore): Brine Shrimp, Blackworms, Bloodworms, Spirulina, Daphnia, Krill, and Tropical Flake.
Compatibility: The Pictus Catfish (Pimelodus blochii) are typically compatible with Dojo Loach, Hillstream Loach, Barb, Tetra, Danio, Rasbora, Gourami, Acara, Synodontis, and Rainbowfish.