A good tropical flake food or catfish pellet food, sinking wafers. Add in some live or thawed brine shrimp or blood worms from time to time.
They should accept most fish foods including flakes, frozen, freeze dried and live foods. Drop in some sinking shrimp pellets or catfish pellets when the lights are turned off and let them scavenge around for them.
Some people swear by throwing some zucchini in the tank but I don’t really like that idea. You need to usually have a weight that you tie it down with because it wont sink. Then you have to fetch the weight when they are done with it… I would just rather toss some fish food in there and be done. Sinking work great too! For the most part I rely on my pleco catfish to eat all the left over food that the other fish didn’t eat because thats SUPER important. Uneaten food in your gravel creates nitrates! Here are some of those shrimp pellets.
32% sinking catfish pellets fish foods - Lone Star Feed
My solution to my betta stealing the sinking catfish food : Aquariums
Pictus catfish are not all that picky and should accept flake fish food, catfish pellets or sinking catfish wafers. Give them live brine shrimp or thawed freshwater preparations (cube packs) ocassionally. This catfish will bring lots of activity to your tank.: I agree with the idea of making them scavenge on the other fish food that is left over first! I will sort of starve my catfish for a couple days so that I know all the gravel has been skimmed over by them and “cleaned”.. then I give them some of the pellets when the lights get turned off. I used the sinking too. Shrimp has a lot of protein in it so you know they are getting some good protein levels too. They are omnivores and that’s important to know.The Pictus Catfish will feed on left over flake food that accumulates at the bottom of the tank. In addition, small live food and sinking catfish pellet food should be provided for complete nutrition. So the next morning, bright and early, I hopped in my old pickup truck, and I headed for the Feed Store and got me a 50 pound bag. Then I went back home, hauled the bag to the end of my dock, and proceeded to throw all 50 pounds into the lake. It might have just been my imagination, but I threw out so much catfish food that the lake level seemed to go up a little bit. Anyway, later on that day I was getting carpal tunnel from reeling in the cats. Then another thing happened that I didn't really expect. I heard this enormous splash about 50 yards out, that sounded as though someone had thrown a 1st grader in the lake. Scanning the horizon for 1st graders and seeing none, I surmised that a carp had arrived in my area! Sure enough, later that afternoon, I had a huge carp run with my worm and snapped my line after just a few seconds. A few minutes later, I managed to catch the biggest fish of my life (to that point) which was a 19 pound carp. Well, I was wearing out the road between my house and the Feed Store, but one day I got the news that caused my heart to sink. The Feed Store had run OUT of Sinking Catfish Food. Oh the humanity!!!! I tried to convince the clerk that there must be some sort of mistake! There HAS to be more Catfish Food back there! "Well, we got the floatin' kind, but we ain't gonna have no more of that sinkin' kind in for a couple days" said the bright young feed store clerk, fittingly named "Tater". (I made the name part up. I think his name should have been Tater, but I believe that his parents chose a different name for the lad. I think his real name was Skeeter or something). Anyway, I was desperate, so I asked Skeeter to load me up with a bag of his finest Floating Catfish Food. "You want this catfish food in the back of the truck?" said Skeeter. "No, I'm gonna snack on it on the way home, Skeet'. Put it in the front seat, will ya".