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Thread: Pictus Catfish

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    In one of my other threads, I was getting other ideas other than a oscar. SO could someone answer my following questions.

    1. How big do they really get? (ive read 12 inches)
    2. How long does it take for them to get to their full size?
    3. Can they be housed in a 55 gallon aquarium??
    4. Are they highly aggressive??
    5. What do they like to eat?
    6. Can they be kept with other aquarium fish?
    7. And my final question, are they active fish?

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    1. Up to 12 inches. Usually stay around 8 inches, though.
    2. Depends on the space and the food. Usually between a year and year and a half.
    3. No.
    4. Not against fish they don't intend to eat. Somewhat when breeding.
    5. Anything meat/meat & vegtable. DON"T FEED THEM LIVE FISH!
    6. Yes, those that don't fit in their mouths.
    7. Very much.

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    Completely agreed with Dave's responses there.
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    What species are we talking about here?

    Pimelodus pictus hits about 4.5". Other species can hit closer to 12". If it is the species listed, usually called spotted pictus or spotted pimelodus, than they like to be in schools (three or more), are very active when not hiding, carnivorous (NLS woudl be ideal, as always), and could do well in a 55 with lots of swimming space on the bottom in addition to hiding areas (PVC pipe connectors would be perfect), along with fish that won't bother them and are too big to fit in their mouth.
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    ok......if the fish gets to 8 inches how can he not go in a 55 gallon??????? i must be missing something.

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    Aquakid, you are missing the fact that the pictus cat, as Dave has already stated, is a very active swimmer. An 8" fish (or as we have already established as being preferable, a small school of such) would need a lot of room in which to swim. They are very active and very fast.
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    yes but ive searched and a lot of people have said ( i think including you) that they would need a 4ft tank. a 55 gallon is 4 ft.

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    Once again. Just because someone says it works, doesn't eat it will work for you. General aquarium principals were not founded on personal anecdotes.



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    well i give up then.. there is no fish that gets to a relatively good size and that is aggressive that id want. I have no clue what to do.

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    You have been given some outstanding ideas here. I am not sure what else you are looking for.
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