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Thread: Oto Question

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    I know it's a moot point now since OP has already gotten his otos, but you can ease their transition into tank life by growing green algae on rocks before you buy them so they'll have that to eat while they're getting used to whatever else you're feeding them. I did that when I got mine and all nine of them survived the initial period. With that said I only have 4 left after two years, so they haven't been the most hardy fish in the long run for me.
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    I have a bit of green algae on the walls of the tank and a rock ornament in the middle, but I am concerned if they're getting enough to eat. I chopped some cucumber, microwaved a piece, let it cool, and dropped it in the tank but the only thing I've seen touch it was one of my ghosties. I'll do my best to give them enough to eat. If they die, I'll be upset, as I am anytime a fish dies, but the 3 Oto's only cost me $3 total so it wouldn't be a big loss. It's wrong to put a price on life but I think I'd be a lot more upset if a $20 fish died versus a $1 one. Regardless, I'll care for them to the best of my ability.

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    You can also take a couple aquarium rocks place them in clear plastic tupperware container add enough water from your tank to cover them then place in a really sunny window to grow algae for your ottos then just keep alternating rocks.
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    It sounds as though you have enough algae to sustain the ottos. I agree with adding additional veggies but don't blanch or cook or chop them. Just slice a small raw piece of, say zucchini, and sink it. It's much easier to remove an uneatean piece of raw veggie than something you've cooked. You don't want dead, rotting veggies in your tank. They eat raw in the wild and will eat raw in a tank.
    As others have said, they are very delicate little creatures and I hope you have good luck with them but don't be surprised if you lose them. Often, they aren't very hardy
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    Alright thanks for the help and advice guys and gals. Of the Oto's the biggest one seems to be the smartest and the one I'm least worried about. He stays to himself mostly and I always see him on the spots with the densest clusters of algae on the walls, and middle ornamental rock. The other 2 are smaller and they seem to just dart all over the tank and attach to spots on the wall where I don't see any algae. I dropped a raw slice of cucumber in there and an algae disc (mainly for the cory's) but they haven't found either. They're much more concerned with the walls of the tank haha.

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    They will find it. Just keep putting it in the same place.


    Does anyone want to explain where they got the idea that Oto's give one care about the number of other otos in the tank? Other than occasionally when a boy and a girl take a brief interest in each other, otos do not act socially and are perfectly fine alone or with 12. Maybe if you were trying to keep them with large predatory cichlids or a large pleco, some pack behavior would kick in?
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    I noticed when I took all of my plants out the other day and there were no hiding spots, my Oto's grouped up and would dart back and forth away from my big scary hand. For a couple hours after that, once the plants were back in and they had settled down, they stayed grouped up. Now they do their own thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moghedan View Post
    They will find it. Just keep putting it in the same place.


    Does anyone want to explain where they got the idea that Oto's give one care about the number of other otos in the tank? Other than occasionally when a boy and a girl take a brief interest in each other, otos do not act socially and are perfectly fine alone or with 12. Maybe if you were trying to keep them with large predatory cichlids or a large pleco, some pack behavior would kick in?
    Simple. It's because the number of oto's we keep in our aquariums as "schools" has absolutely nothing in common with how these fish actually live. We keep them in a pack of 12 and think we are replicating a school. But these guys live in very tight shoals numbering in the thousands in the wild, and in dark muddy water. A pack of 12 is the same to them as being alone unfortunately. Not saying they shouldn't be kept, just something to keep in mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lbagby View Post
    I noticed when I took all of my plants out the other day and there were no hiding spots, my Oto's grouped up and would dart back and forth away from my big scary hand. For a couple hours after that, once the plants were back in and they had settled down, they stayed grouped up. Now they do their own thing.
    I've noticed this as well. When I'm pruning my plants and doing a water change the otos will school up. The rest of the time they don't. Lots of schooling species don't school unless they feel threatened.
    300 gallon mega tank: build in progress
    75 gallon community tank: tetras, danios, corys, platies, otos, pearl gouramis, bristlenose pleco, assassin snails, red cherry shrimp, bamboo shrimp
    70 gallon growout tank: clown loaches, sailfin pleco
    60 gallon goldfish tank: fancy goldfish
    29 gallon frog tank: 1 bullfrog
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