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Popular catfish, with its distinctive spots and long "whiskers". Very active swimming behaviour. Two variants are known, differing by the appearance of their spots. Will prey on small fishes! Coburg Aquarium stocks many types of Live Freshwater Catfish and Aquarium Products, 100% safe delivered to your door in Australia Wide.


Features of Pictus Catfish:

  • Pictus catfish is silver colored with lots of black spots. It has transparent fins and white barbels
  • Their barbels give them a very distinct “catfish” look and make them stand out in almost any tank
  • They’re shy and peaceful, but also quite active


The Best Aquarium Size:

Pictus Catfish could be kept in a tank as small as 120L. However, if you want to set up a community tank, you have to increase the tank size. Nice tank brands you can consider:

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Tank Mate Compatibility:

The list of potential pictus catfish tank mates is rather long due to their peaceful nature. Avoid the aggressive or nippy fish.

  • Giant Danios
  • Opaline Gourami
  • Rainbow Sharks
  • Large Platies
  • Catfish of similar size

 Coburg Aquarium, specialised in different species of live fish.


Feeding :

Pictus catfish are omnivores and scavenge, they will accept sinking algae wafers and pellet. It will also appreciate to have some live blackworms, frozen bloodworms, Brine shrimp and Daphnia. You can search Catfish food in our High Quality Fish Foods collections.

Tank Setup:

Aquarium Filtration

Pictus Catfish produce a lot of waste. Combine that with their sensitivity towards nitrates, it is important to ensure your filtration system to be as good as possible. Here are some great ones to consider:


Pictus Catfish in the wild are constantly at battle with water currents, so in order to replicate their environment properly, you could add a  pump.


Heater is an option, this fish enjoy temperatures between 22 - 26° C. Thermometer is recommended to monitor the water temperature.


To mimic their natural habitat, we recommend to add some plants to your aquarium. Low light plants like Hornwort, Fox tail, Java Moss and any other Moss will make them feel like home. 

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They love driftwood. Also needs lots of hiding spots to feel safe in an aquarium environment. Add ornaments such as: Driftwood, Big Rocks, Caves, Tubes, and Pipes. After more nice quality decorations?  Check our Aquarium Ornaments.


Catfish do prefer the dim environment. While, plants need sufficient light to grow. LED lighting is an excellent choice for both, as it lasts much longer and is cooler than traditional lighting.


Soft sand is a good substrate. A variety of Substrates are available at Coburg Aquarium. 

Additional Information

Fish Keeping Snapshot :

Preferred Water Parameters :

Aquarium Set-up Service:

Our design team enables us to create the tank you desire, install your tank where you wish to and provide a maintenance service to ensure everything runs smoothly. We can create almost any aquarium from the small home aquarium to large commercial aquariums for offices, hotels or restaurants. Coburg Aquarium, Australia's leading aquarium shop.

Please contact us if you need any custom tank services.