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12-13-2013, 05:02 PM #1
Black neons and Otocinclus shoaling together?
Normal behaviour for Black neons and Otos to shoal together?
After my 2 black neon deaths and possibly the loss of one of the new Otos I am left with 4x Black neons and (5 or) 4x Otos ... they have turned into a gang and hang out together and I've even seen them peck at mush (squidgy algae stuff I smear on the glass for the Otos) together. The Otos avoid all other fish.
... I was thinking of either taking the 4x black neons back to the store or waiting for them to pass on. Wasn't going to stock them any more as I worry about overstocking, but the sight of this large group of fish has me thinking I should perhaps keep them on or even up their numbers? I worry the tank can't sustain additional Otos or I'd love to up their numbers as well.
12-13-2013, 05:31 PM #2
I believe it is perfectly fine for the BNT's and the oto's to shoal together...I would add at least 6 more of the black neons if your tank size affords it, they are happier in larger groups...here's some info: http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species...rbertaxelrodi/
12-13-2013, 05:59 PM #3
Tank is 55G and not massively stocked, but will have to wait until the neons die. Because of my ugly neon I can't take those ones back to the store as they would euthanise him and there's no reason for that.
12-13-2013, 06:17 PM #4
12-13-2013, 06:32 PM #5
5x neon tetra
6-10x adult mini guppies (endler hybrids I now understand - they are size of endlers, even the females are fingernail sized) + some fry that may or may not survive (normally 1x per month survives)
1x male betta
(4x bnt, 4-5x Oto)
+ cherry shrimp
It can look a bit empty on a calm day , but it's a new tank and I don't want to overdo it until the plants are established. My old tank kinda went rubbish, so I am trying to be serious about this one (all same stock and mostly same plants) - low stock, lots of WC/etc. I am a total beginner, really!
Edited to Add: you can see a red guppy bang in the middle by the java fern ... they really are quite small LOL!
12-13-2013, 06:38 PM #6
Really nice! I've never heard of ottos schooling with neons, but I don't think it's anything to be concerned about, it's just two slightly shyer fish species looking for company. I'm curious... Which of your fish eat the not-tiny-baby cherry shrimp?I hate hearing people say "it's only a $3/$5/$1 fish/shrimp, so it's ok if it dies, I can just get another." It's still an animal! All animals should be treated like they're worth $10,000.
29 sw: Damsel, shrimpgoby, pistol shrimp, waspfish
65 fw: Rummies, glowlight tetras, pencilfish, darters, ottos, f betta, goby, dwarf gourami, ninjas
29 fw: Chili rasboras, pygmy cories, P. Gertrudae
12-13-2013, 06:43 PM #7
12-13-2013, 10:30 PM #8
my otos used to do so with the white cloud mountain minnows when they were just introduced. might have something to
do with something unsettling them.