View Full Version : Pictus Catfish

09-26-2011, 09:35 PM
How big can these get? I have been reading all day and what I have read is they can get from 4inches to 12inches.

What is the real maximum size of these guys. I would like to add them to my tank at some point after it's done cycling provided I can house them for life. I have also read they really need some thing like a 4' long tank because they are active. Now if they only get 4-6" do they really need 4' of tank? Also what is the smallest tank they can be in comfortably?

09-26-2011, 09:38 PM
The common spotted pictus grows to around 5", they need to be in groups of 5+ so a 4ft tank is the bare minimum. A 55G or similar would barely provide adequate swimming space for them.

There are different species of "pictus" which can grow much larger Pimelodus blochii for example can grow into a rather impressive 12" fish.

09-26-2011, 09:41 PM
Ahh well scratch that idea then. Thanks for the input. Maybe the next tank I have I can get some.