Article © Julian Dignall, uploaded March 01, 1997.
Moving catfish can be a tricky business. Most have spiny rays leading their dorsal (top) or pectoral (shoulder) fins. These rays can get entangled and as a result the fish become difficult to separate from the net. Pimpictus, along with the Doradiids (Talking Catfish) and Synodontis are major culprits when it comes to net destruction. Personally I find the best way to deal with this is to put the captured catfish and net into the intended destination, put out the lights and let the fish disengage itself. This seems to work well, but if after an hour or so the fish is still stuck then a pair of scissors will do the job at the cost of a net.
The Pim Pictus seems to be more susceptible to White Spot (Ich) than many other catfish. Make sure when you are purchasing this fish that it and its tankmates are entirely free of White Spot and that they are well fed. This fish is easy to feed, but often they are imported in an underfed state and never fully recover from this.
The fish swims gracefully yet will become almost hyperactive at feeding time. As you can see below a large shoal is quite a sight! Two colour forms appear for sale. The first, Peruvian, variety has large "dalmation" style spots all over its body with smaller spots around the head. The other, Colombian, variety (which reportedly grows larger) has many more spots that are smaller, less clearly defined and almost pin-prick size on the fish's head. This differentation should only be used when comparing fish of a similar size as both patterns change with age. Although the beautiful colouration changes with age, older fish have the same brilliant blue-silver colour and graceful appearance.
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|Cat-eLog Data Sheet|
|Scientific Name||Pimelodus pictus Steindachner, 1876|
|Common Names||Pictus Catfish |
Engelwels (Germany), Pictus, Pictus Pimelodus, Pimpictus, Plettet Trådmalle (Denmark)
|Type Locality||Rio Hyavary, Peru-Brazil border.|
|Synonym(s)||Pimelodella picta, Pimelodella pictus|
|Pronunciation||pim ee LOW duss - PICK tuss|
|Etymology||(Greek)Pimele=Fat + (Greek)odous=teeth. This specific epithet literally means painted(pictus=painted) and refers to the spots on its body.|
|Size||110mm or 4.3" SL. Find near, nearer or same sized spp.|
|Identification||Two colour forms appear for sale. The first, Peruvian, variety has large ''dalmatian'' style spots all over its body with smaller spots around the head. The other, Colombian, variety (which reportedly grows larger) has many more spots that are smaller, less clearly defined and almost pin-prick size on the fish's head. This differentiation should only be used when comparing fish of a similar size as both patterns change with age.|
|General Remarks||Pimelodus pictus have small hooks on the dorsal and pectoral fins that are notorious for getting stuck in nets. It's best to use a plastic container to catch the fish, rather than a net.|
|Distribution||South America: Amazon and Orinoco River basins. |
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|IUCN Red List Category||Not Evaluated|
|pH||5.8 - 6.8|
|Temperature||22.0-25.0°C or 71.6-77°F (Show species within this range)|
|Feeding||An unfussy general carnivore. Most prepared are taken and the fish will gorge itself on live or frozen foods to a point where the aquarist must be careful not to feed too much in one sitting. Bloodworm induces a feeding frenzy and is good for acclimatizing new acquisitions. The fish will eat huge amounts in one day, its belly swelling to resemble a marble and can happily live off this for up to a week. |
In nature the diet consists largely of invertebrates (such as insect larvae and crustaceans), but also found to eat fish. User data.
|Furniture||Swimming space is needed as this fish likes to swim especially around feeding time. You will see much more of this fish during the day if you have relatively dim lighting.|
|Compatibility||Peaceful, but will soon eat smaller fish, such as neon tetras, but otherwise harmless. It is considered good to keep these fish in a group of at least five fish. When kept alone, they do not appear quite as happy and active as when kept in a group.|
|Suggested Tankmates||Larger active fish such as tetras and gouramis. Most barbs are no good company as they tend to nip fins and barbels. They should be kept in (small) groups. Most singly kept specimens will pine away eventually. Angelfish and other ''graceful'' fishes may be bothered by this species' barbels particularly during lights-out.|
|Breeding Reports||There is no breeding report.|
|Reference||Sitzungsberichte der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften. Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Classe v. 74 (1. Abth.), pp 144 .|
|Registered Keepers||There are 248 registered keepers, view all "my cats" data.|
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|Last Update||2020 Sep 19 01:53 (species record created: 1997 Mar 01 11:22)|
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