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Old 08-15-2012, 12:31 PM   #1
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Another idea instead of 55 gallon community.

So iny 55 gallon could I do a firemouth cichlid pair, 3 pictus cats and maybe a tiger barb school.
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Old 08-15-2012, 03:13 PM   #2
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Pictus cats get much to large for a 55.
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Pictus cats grow to 4-6" so a 55 would be fine for a group of about 4.
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Pictus cats get much to large for a 55.
The common pictus gets to 10 inches. The polka dot is the one you want for that 4-6 inch range. Be careful though, the stores sometimes mix them up so just get the ones with the most spots.
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Pimelodus pictus can get up to 6" and are very active, most aquarist agree that a 75-90 gallon would be the smallest footprint that a P. Pictus should be kept in. A 55 gallon that is 13" front to back, that has decor/caves hardly leaves enough room for the fire mouths let alone a group of thee to six 5-6" fish.

Also when buy the fish make sure that P. Pictus is correctly labeled and not mixed up with Pimelodus blochii which can grow to 12" +. P. Blochii will have four lines down its body and a few black dots down its sides.
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The common pictus gets to 10 inches. The polka dot is the one you want for that 4-6 inch range. Be careful though, the stores sometimes mix them up so just get the ones with the most spots.
Agree....should have been more specific.
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