Pictus Cat

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Pictus Cat -- pimelodella pictusSee more aquarium fish pictures.
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Scientific name: Pimelodella pictus

Able to grow to six inches in length, the Pictus Cat should be kept in a tank with subdued lighting and several hiding places in the aquascaping. An active species, this fish can be kept alone but makes a nice display in a small group. A water temperature between 72º and 76º Fahrenheit along with a pH in the range of 5.8 to 7.5 and moderately soft to somewhat hard water are best.


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The Pictus Cat will eat pellet, tablet, flake, and freeze-dried foods, but it should be fed at night. This catfish will chase and eat almost any fish that are small enough to swallow, so it's not suitable for all community aquariums.

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