Pictus Catfish: Aquarium Fish Profile

Many people, including myself would like to have their own pet at home. While dogs and cats are the most popular pets, some prefer other types such as fishes, rabbit, hedgehog and others. If given a chance, I would also want to have my own pet, a dog maybe.

As I talked with some of my friends who have pets, one of the common issues they have the most common pets such as dogs and cats is that these animals require time to care or. For instance, if you have a dog, it could take time to feed, play and walk your dog for daily exercises. That is why some people prefer other less-demanding animals such as fishes. One of the commonly sought-after aquarium fishes by many hobbyists is the pictus catfishishes.

General Appearance and Characteristics

A pictus catfish is very attractive fish in the aquarium. It is characterized by its elongated body which can be white, silver or black in color. Just like other catfish species, its dorsal fin is also large and normally has a black tip. It has oval spots all over its body and fins that are very noticeable. In fact, these spots are commonly the first thing that people notice aside from its long whiskers. The long whiskers of these fishes which in reality are called barbels are not only attractive but are also beneficial to the fish. They have an acute sense of smell and are used for navigating and finding foods in muddy and dark waters. This is what makes pictus catfishes a good scavenger that will consume any food at the bottom of the tank.


If you like to own or already own a pictus, one of the important things to consider is its diet. While it can scavenge for leftover foods, you should not rely on these scraps for its food. They are carnivorous fishes and they prefer to eat meat. That is why if you like to catch these fishes in their natural habitat, you should use meaty catfish bait such as worms and bloodworms. In the tank, you could also feed them with shrimp pellets. If they are underfed and they are mixed with smaller fishes, they may start eating small fishes in its tank. Although they are not generally an aggressive feeder, they have the tendency to feed on small fishes when hungry.

As a Tank Mate

Because they are not an aggressive species of fish, pictus catfishes make a peaceful tank mate for a wide range of fishes. Many hobbyists combine them with cichlids, oscars, eels, loaches and tank sharks like iridescent sharks. Just make sure that when combining them with other fishes, you do not mix them with small fishes that can fit into their mouth.

Precaution when Handling

Pictus catfishes have sharp fins which may occasionally hurt other fishes if those fishes try to attack them. Their fins may also injure you when you try to handle them. It is important to note the dorsal and pectoral fins of pictus catfishes contain poison that may not kill you but may cause the injury to eventually swell. For this reason, avoid handling a pictus.