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Pimelodus pictus - Pictus catfishMagyarul / Hungarian
Pimelodus pictus - Pictus catfishPimelodus pictus - Pictus catfishPimelodus pictus - Pictus catfishPimelodus pictus - Pictus catfishPimelodus pictus - Pictus catfish
  • Scientific name: Pimelodus pictus
  • Synonyms: Pimelodella angelicus, Pimelodella pictus, Pimelodus picta
  • Common name: Pictus catfish, Angelicus catfish
  • Group: Catfishes
  • Habitat: South America, Columbia
  • Size: 12 cm
  • Biotope: Above muddy, sandy ground in shallow, often murky water of tributaries of large rivers.
  • Social behavior: Peaceful catfish which can be kept alone or in small groups. will not disturb even small fish.
  • Diet: Omnivorous, tablet foods, flakes, frozen or freeze-dried foods. Any live food.
  • Breeding: Not yet described.
  • Tank: Minimum 200 litres
  • Population: 3-4 fishes for 200 litres
  • Decoration: Roots and structures creating caves, floating plant cover. Good filtration with a slight current. The substrate should be fine gravel or sand.
  • Temperature: 22-28 °C
  • pH: 6-7
  • Hardness: 1-10NK°
  • Lifespan: 8-10 years

Description: An elongated catfish that has long barbels extending from the mouth.The body is sliver in color with many black spots. These spots can also be found on the fins, which are transparent. The nomen Angelicus pigmelodus is somewhat misleading, since the African species Synodontis angelicus is colored exactly the opposite: black with white spots. The hard pectoral fin rays are strongly serrated which can lead to injuries. Specimens captured with a net hopelessly entangle themselves. Therefore, use a glass or suitable plastic container to capture them. The mouth is wide and three pair of whiskers extend from it. It has a large head. In dimly illuminated aquaria, this beautiful species will feed even during the day. They use their very long barbels for rooting around the bottom for food.

The breeding of Pictus catfish is unsuccessful, possibly because fish do not reach maturity in aquaria.

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