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  1. Default Black neons and Otocinclus shoaling together?


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    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.

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    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/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    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/
    Thanks I think I will stock these guys instead of the standard neon tetras I was thinking of going with. The guppies provide more than enough colour to the tank and occupy the top half of the tank, so a large group of these black neons would look lovely in the middle/lower tank, as I have loads of plants and tall grasses that would set them off nicely.

    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.

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    How exactly is the tank stocked now, besides the BNT's and the ottos?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaphppy7 View Post
    How exactly is the tank stocked now, besides the BNT's and the ottos?
    10x Kuhli loaches
    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!

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishkeeper View Post
    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?
    Probably most of them, greedy pigs. I don't see any shrimp under a small fingernail size - they seem to magically appear when they reach a certain size. When they are 5mm(ish) they come out in the open and don't seem concerned by the fish at that point.

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    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.

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