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Old 01-24-2013, 08:51 PM   #1
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I have a 200L (44 UK Gallon/52 US Gallon )

It has 4 small angelfish at the moment with one bolivan ram and a couple of black phantom tetras and otos.

In the future I planned for less fish. Would I be able to keep the 4 angelfish and have 3-4 pictus catfish or is that pushing it? If so I'm just going to get some more tetras and bolivians.

Are angelfish also compatible with kribensis? I've always wanted some.
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I think your tank is already close to fully stocked. Id go with some smaller fish, not catfish. I think i read somewhere that pictus get very aggressive as they mature to each other and they also get too big for a 55.
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I had 4 Pictus in my 56 gallon. They never really bullied anybody but each other. My angels would run like crazy into the walls when the Pictus starting chasing each other. I would say not to add them into that tank.
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i think your tank is already close to fully stocked. Id go with some smaller fish, not catfish. I think i read somewhere that pictus get very aggressive as they mature to each other and they also get too big for a 55.

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I have a full grown Pictus in a 55 gal and he does fine. I would worry about your otos though b/c the pictus could probably fit them in his mouth. Mine ate a small peppered cory within a few days of adding it (didn't see it but alas the cory was gone) which I thought was big enough to escape predation.
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They've got big mouths.
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:40 AM   #7
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Pictus cats are best kept in a good-sized group in a large (100G+) tank.
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I'd skip the pictus and keep some cory cats or something along those lines with angels

And normally I'm not one for suggesting the common combinations, but I feel like its easier to bend the norm in fish combo's with larger tanks
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Pictus get quite large, I wouldn't recommend them in your size of tank. I would get some Cory cats or Botias maybe. Kribensis should go with your Angels just fine, but be sure the Rams and Kribensis have plenty of room for their own territories or you'll have a nightmare on your hands.
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Pictus stay small, they max out at 5-6". I would get some, they are cool! I have one in my 125 and I wish it got a little bit bigger because I really like the looks of them.
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They are small but active and like more room.
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Pictus cats are best kept in a good-sized group in a large (100G+) tank.
You can do them in a 55 easy. But yeah, not with small tetras and otos. I'm surprised that no one's mentioned that they like to snack on small fish.
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