View Full Version : Species of Pictus?

04-19-2009, 06:18 PM
I know there are some species that get to 12", and I have a Pictus, but I don't know what type he is. Could someone possibly show me the species of the one that gets to 12"?:help:

04-19-2009, 06:23 PM
How about you google image a pictus cat and see if you could find any that look like yours, and then we will ID for you and go on from there.

04-20-2009, 01:05 AM
Ok sounds good. Let me do that and come back.

04-20-2009, 01:13 AM
Ok, this is what came up under images. My Pictus is the first one if I'm correct.

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www4.pantown.com/data/2888/board5/109.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.pantown.com/board.php%3Fid%3D2888%26area%3D4%26name%3Dboard5%2 6topic%3D109%26action%3Dview&usg=__7XcJxhOsTpwuRNvj8ArmuDTL9Wc=&h=270&w=360&sz=25&hl=en&start=3&sig2=WdI5WthuiVLCX4PXVovQhA&um=1&tbnid=cU5TaiCJWbZaGM:&tbnh=91&tbnw=121&prev=/images%3Fq%3DPictus%2BCatfish%26hl%3Den%26client%3 Dsafari%26rls%3Den-us%26sa%3DX%26um%3D1&ei=78vrSe6lNo-ctgPvqsDtAQ

04-20-2009, 01:16 AM
Their are several species of pictus and a ton of subspecies. This site should help you
You want the columbian variety

04-20-2009, 01:24 AM
Sadly I think I have the one in the first picture...how big does that one get? And can I usually find Columbian varieties mixed in with the other Pictus cats at a lfs? Because if I can pick up a Columbian variety pretty easily, my Pictus can still be traded in.

04-20-2009, 01:31 AM
I think that is the columbian variety but it is hard to say without seeing them in person. And yes both of the common varieties are commonly sold in the same tank under the same name at many lfs's. The ones with the noticably smaller spots are the ones that get bigger.

04-20-2009, 01:36 AM
Ok, I'll keep that in mind. I just needed to make sure because I don't want him to end up as an eventual snack for my Oscar when he doesn't grow any bigger or something like that happening to him.

04-22-2009, 11:26 PM
I have 3- all from diff. stores, but all look the same but not sure which variety, they don't have BIG spots, but are not as big as the 'big' kind... one of them is ... 3 (?) years old? None of them are over 5-6 " TL. :ssmile: If it is a pimelodus pictus - I don't think you should worry to much about size if it has swimming room!

05-11-2009, 01:29 AM
Ok guys sorry to bring up this thread again but I have pictures of my pictus now and would you guys be able to identify him?

Ok here are different parts of his body to help ID





05-11-2009, 01:32 AM
How long is he?

05-11-2009, 01:42 AM
He's still only threen inches. Can you ID him? Please? I need to know so I can either keep him or trade him in...

05-11-2009, 04:09 AM
Its hard to tell but I think its peruvian. How long have you had it?

05-11-2009, 11:15 PM
Only a month at most. Do Peruvians grow to a foot?

05-11-2009, 11:58 PM
No it maxes out at 4-5in

05-12-2009, 12:22 AM
Ouch....might want to trade him in then or put him in one of my smaller tanks.