View Full Version : mystery cat?:confused:

06-05-2007, 03:46 AM
hi i have recently bought a catfish from petco now have had bad experianses with fish from there before so i need you to help me. they said it was a pleco but all the pleco info i found dosent seem to apply . it has six barbels 2 long 2 medium and 2 small it is silver with black spots no sucker mouth and 2 dorsal fins any clue what it is?:confused:

06-05-2007, 03:48 AM
Pictus pimelodus- or pictus catfish. They are very active, eat alot, and get decently large. He needs a big tank. Very big, and will knock over your decor on occasion.

06-05-2007, 03:54 AM
thanks and that explains why all my plants are floating at the top instead of planted like they where

06-05-2007, 04:19 AM
Yea. What size tank is he in?

06-05-2007, 04:32 AM
30g but tomarow im upgrading to 55g

06-05-2007, 04:34 AM
30g but tomarow im upgrading to 55g

Con-gs on the new tank. Whats the filtration?

06-05-2007, 02:44 PM
right now i have a whisper 5-15 on my 30g but i dont know if i will need a bigger one for a 55g

Lady Hobbs
06-05-2007, 07:36 PM
You will need two filters for the 55 and both large ones like Emperor 400's, 350 Penquins, or 100 AquaClears.

06-05-2007, 11:10 PM
thanks! ~:--)

06-12-2007, 01:10 AM
That's a Red-tailed Black Shark.

06-12-2007, 02:35 AM
A pic would help

06-12-2007, 02:40 AM
A pic would help

i think its the rainbow shark in his avatar

06-12-2007, 12:38 PM
What he described is a spotted pictus/pimelodus catfish.

The Whisper 5-15 only handles about 5 gallons usually. The 55 will need a lot of filtration. I highly suggest a canister. The Fluval 405 would be my top pick for that, preferably in addition to a HOB. Remember that whatever a filter claims it can handle needs to be cut in half. Or if the filter gives a range, go with the lower number.

07-07-2007, 11:35 AM
Pictus cat and on your 30g, try to get a 40 g filter. I would go with the 400 emperor or the 350 penguin as your filter on your 55.