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Thread: Pictus Problems

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    I have two Pictus cats in a tall 29 gallon. I noticed a day ago that the larger of the two, had a rather large and swollen belly almost as if pregnant(Not literally but filled with eggs). Today when I went to check on them the larger fish was hiding inside a large shell (never done this before), did not come out for feeding (never missed a feeding), seems to have no will to come out (a usually very active set of fish), and lastly the other smaller cat is "guarding" the entrance to shell (also a very active fish). Do I have two Pictus that have turned lazy, or could there be an underlying problem? Any help would be appreciated.

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    well for starters, the main underlying problem is that you have fish that belong in a 120gallon plus tank. and you have them (plus other fish?) in a 29 gallon tank.



    How big are they?
    other fish in the tank?
    what are your water parameters?
    filtration?
    water change schedule?

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    I have a Pictus in my 20 and it is adult size: 6 inches. Size is not the problem here. How long have you owned the fish?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corvette73 View Post
    I have a Pictus in my 20 and it is adult size: 6 inches. Size is not the problem here. How long have you owned the fish?
    Sorry but once again this is not true. Any fish should have at least 6 times it's own length to swim.

    @hodges: little to go on here. Water values would be nice as well as some history. I wouldn't keep a very active species like that in a pair in a 29g.
    Last edited by talldutchie; 04-03-2013 at 03:59 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corvette73 View Post
    I have a Pictus in my 20 and it is adult size: 6 inches. Size is not the problem here. How long have you owned the fish?
    Size is the issue in the 29gallon tank and in yours.

    having a 6 inch fish in a 20gallon tank is like you living in your bedroom for your entire life. pretty cramped, and you can't really exercise in there, try running a mile in that space.

    the same applies to fish.

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