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This is a tropical fish site for all tropical fish enthusiasts from beginner to expert. It has some nice tropical fish pictures and will hopefully have something of interest for all freshwater and marine fish keepers. These tropical fish pages provide some information about some of my favourite fish, along with tropical fish pictures of them. I have kept fish for many years now, ranging from community to marine. Over this period I have been drawn towards catfish, and the cichlids, which I must confess, through there antics have become my favourites. I now keep African and American cichlids, along with some catfish and plecs.

 
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Pimelodus Pictus Catfish

Picture of Pimellodus pictus
Common namePictus catfish, Angel pim, Spotted pim
Scientific namePimelodus pictus
SynonymsPimellodella pictus, Pimelodella angelicus (not valid)
SizeUp to 5" (12.5cm)
OriginS. America: Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela.
Tank setupPlenty of open swimming space and caves or plants for refuges.
CompatibilityPredatory and will eat small fish such as Neon tetras, not aggressive towards larger fish.
Temperature22-25oC (72-77oF)
Water chemistryFairly soft, slightly acidic (pH 6-6.8)
FeedingCarnivore/Insectivore, but will take various flake, pellet and frozen/live foods
SexingUnknown, but females may be larger and thicker in shape.
BreedingUnknown - no accounts of aquarium breeding.
CommentsOne of the most popular aquarium catfish, it has a striking spotted pattern and long flowing barbels. They are not generally aggressive, but avoid keeping with fish small enough to fit in in their mouths (such as tetras) - as these may disappear overnight! Often feed in a somewhat frenzied manner, which may alarm calmer fish. They are more active by day when kept as a small group. Do not use nets to catch these fish, as they have sharp spines which will become entangled - coax them into a solid plastic container or similar.


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