Party With the Pictus Cats - Petcha

Pictus cats are peaceful community fish and can't hang with the aggressive mbuna.
I would go with one of the aquarium scene backings which you can selotape to the outside back of the tank and that will help to cut down on the light as most cats are not too keen on bright light. Another worthy tip is to lay at an angle to one of the rear corners of the tank: a piece of slate or similar object, that way they can hide behind it and will feel more secure in their surroundings. They do move around a lot and this is normal behavior for pictus cats.
Try not to over feed your fish, how about that? Your tank is over stocked. Info on pictus cats:
I was wondering what your opinions were on a south american cichlid species that would go good with pimelodous pictus cats, that won't cause too much trouble even if they breed (the cichlids that is) with harassing the other tank mates. protecting their nest is ok but taking over the tank and beating up and keeping all the inhabitants on the other side is not. I would prefer a cave or mouth brooder (are there any south American mouth brooders?) that doesn't get too big. i guess by that I mean no more then 6ish inches or so, preferably smaller maybe a dwarf cichlid. I've thought about German rams but from what I've read they spawn on a flat rock out in the open that just seems to be asking for trouble. I'm not really expecting to get any fry out of it or anything I know they would probably get eaten, unless I took the eggs and raised them. I know that I don't want convicts i love them but they are monsters when they breed and I know a lot of SA cichlids are too thats why I'm asking you guys. So i guess to sum up all my babbling....
Pictus cats are more active at night or in subdued lighting. By active, I mean you will see them swimming eradically throughout the substrate and up and down the tank's walls.The Pictus cat is very popular among the aquarium hobbyist due to their bright silver coloration on their body, head and fins. It requires at least 50 gallons tank or larger is recommended. It is a very active swimmer and the aquarium should have shaded areas like plants, driftwood or rock caves with plenty of swimming spaces. It prefers clean, soft and slightly acidic water with strong filtration with a good current. Pictus Cats should be kept in small groups of 3 or more individuals in a community tank. They are not aggressive fish and can be kept with other Pictus cat. Suitable other tank mates include Rainbowfish, medium to large-sized characins, cyprinids and tough catfish such as Loricariids or Doradids. 25 – 50% of the tank water should be changed at least once a month. If the tank is densely stocked, 20-25% should be replaced weekly or every other week.The Pictus Catfish (Pimelodus pictus) is a very active catfish species that gets to around 4 inches (11 cm). Even though they are on the smaller side they still need at least a 55 gallon tank or larger to allow for adequate swimming room. You can keep them with other pictus cats or similar sized fish species. They may eat smaller tetras.The Pictus cat is very popular among the aquarium hobbyist due to their bright silver coloration on their body, head and fins. It requires at least 50 gallons tank or larger is recommended. It is a very active swimmer and the aquarium should have shaded areas like plants, driftwood or rock caves with plenty of swimming spaces. It prefers clean, soft and slightly acidic water with strong filtration with a good current. Pictus Cats should be kept in small groups of 3 or more individuals in a community tank. They are not aggressive fish and can be kept with other Pictus cat. Suitable other tank mates include Rainbowfish, medium to large-sized characins, cyprinids and tough catfish such as Loricariids or Doradids. 25 – 50% of the tank water should be changed at least once a month. If the tank is densely stocked, 20-25% should be replaced weekly or every other week.Pimelodus pictus, is otherwise called Pictus Catfish. This fish is just 11 cm (4.3 inches in length. It is associated with the Pimelodidae Catfish Family, indigenous to the Orinoco and Amazon River basins. The Pictus catfish is normally a freshwater aquarium pet. In the commercial market, there are instances of the Pictus catfish taken for granted as Angelicus cats. However the name Angelicus cats are considered to have no relation with the African catfish, called as Mochokid Syndontis Angelica.These fish are very active. I have 3 fully grown pictus cats in my 75 gallon tank. I have very strong filtration. Two AquaClear 110's. And lots of air pumps. The pictus cats thrive in the tank, I only have 3 other fish with them!!! I feed them small cut up chunks of beef heart and color bits. They are all 8 inches long. I recommend good filtration for these fish because they love the current. And please don't jam them in a little 20 gallon or less, At least a 35 gallon please!!! Date:02/12/2008