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  1. #1

    Default Finally found Oto's!


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    My LFS has a whole tank of them - I can get a bunch on my way home from work and let them sit in my main tank until I get the QT set up.

    I did observe their bellies and of course they appear a bit malnourished so I figured I can drop a few algae tablets in there once they have time to settle in?

    I should get at least 6 right? They will be in a 5gal QT for 2 weeks and then right into my 46 gal which is quite understocked at this time. Should I get a plant to go into the bag with them for security or is that usually for shrimp?
    46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted corys, green corys, 1 guppy, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
    5 gal QT with green corys & 2 guppies

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    Woohoo! Love Otos, I have 6 in my 45 & would like a few more. When mine were in qt I had some broad leaf fake plants in there for them to hide/hangout on. I used rocks with algae from my main tank and they loved it (malnourished also) but I don't see why the wafers wouldn't work.
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    Try to pick out ones that look the healthiest. No need to get a plant to put in the bag. I like to keep a small styrofoam cooler in my truck, to put any fish I buy into. Fish stay calmer in the dark, also it helps keep the temperature stable. Putting a few plants into the qt with the otos is fine. Normally in a qt you want to keep very few items in it, just the essentials, a filter, heater, bare bottom, maybe a few pieces of decor for fish to hide out in.

    Hold onto the receipt too. I seem to lose a few otos when I buy them. It seems like if you can keep the little guys alive for about 2 weeks, they will usually live a long time in your tanks.

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    Thanks - yeah, in my QT I have a heater, filter and a few fake plants for hiding - and I keep a bare bottom - have used it several times already.

    Unfortunately it's not going to be easy picking & choosing because of the # of fish in there, but I'll check them once the guy puts them into the bag. After I get these fish, I'm going to search for more fish to occupy the top level of my tank - my guppies don't have great track records : (
    46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted corys, green corys, 1 guppy, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
    5 gal QT with green corys & 2 guppies

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    Like you said; 6 would be great. I just got some from my 50 gal and they cleaned the whole tank in three days. Now feeding zucchini and alage wafers.

    Two fish to consider are Harlequins or Glowlight danios for your top level.
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    Eh - I 'm not a fan of danios - already had a few and wasn't impressed with them - might get a few more guppies - they like the top too

    So, one day later, they deposited their poop in a little mound in one spot of the tank LOL - I dropped in waaaay too much food - 3 algae tablets and some tiny wafers (had to siphon it all out) - plus I transferred a java fern into the QT thinking maybe it has some algae on it - I guess one algae wafer (I have Hikari brand) will suffice - I'm trying to observe them eating. I guess I could also try some zuchinni?
    46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted corys, green corys, 1 guppy, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
    5 gal QT with green corys & 2 guppies

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    Did you ever see these guys though?



    I'm not a big fan of most Dano's either but this one I realy like.

    If you feed zucchini squash you will see the the Oto's slowly eat it to nothing.
    Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
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    I hope your ottos make it. I have tried them 2 times in my 90 gallon and every one of them died within a month - some sooner. I know they didn't starve. There are plenty of Diatoms in that tank and a green algae I leave on the back wall for the snails. I also dropped algae rounds for them.

    Don't mean to hijack your thread Imma but sure I'd like to know the secret to keeping them alive if anyone has it. My tank has a ton of cover in the form of rock and driftwood and caves. No live plants (silk) yet because I'm just now getting brave enough to tackle planted tanks. Could my blood parrots or sevs be killing them? Or the congo tetras? Perimeters are 0/0 ammonia and nitrites and nitrates never get above 20 which is water change day. I'd LOVE to have them to help with the diatoms but, am afraid to try again.
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
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    I love Otos, too! Have 8 of them now - all healthy eaters. They love this new driftwood cave I put in there. It's just big enough for all of them to fit in there and attach themselves to the sides/roof. They're quite elusive now, until night. Then they venture out into the rest of the tank. Now that I think of it... they were a lot more "present" when I didn't have Amano shrimp. I wonder if they're bullies.

    Anyway... they do appreciate pellets, pees, cucumbers, algae tablets (Tetra brand & Hikari brand). I used to have a ton of algae in the 10gal tank that I kept them in and never had to feed them. Now they're in a 20L with very little, so I'm finding myself substituting more often. There's still some in there, but not as prevalent.

    Cindy, I'm willing to bet you have a bully in the tank who likes the bottom for him/herself. Contrary to popular belief, I don't think Otos are as fragile as they've been purported to be. They're probably more susceptible to ich or other parasites, due to their being scaleless, like other catfish. This also makes them more difficult to treat. That being said, they're probably as fragile as any other catfish. They're bottom dwellers, so toxic water effects them first, they're scaleless, and they're small.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinVA View Post
    Cindy, I'm willing to bet you have a bully in the tank who likes the bottom for him/herself.
    I suspect you're right :o(
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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