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  1. #21

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaoticice
    the initial state of the fish before purchased was probably not in a good condition.
    In the same vein, I did see a video of how wild caught otos are 'harvested'. I tried to dig it up again and failed, but they were tossed around with little or no regard.

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    I keep a few dozen of a close relative of Otocinclus; Paratocinclus sp. 'Amazonas'. Also a dozen of the Oto's larger relative Hypoptopoma gulare. Trick with ALL of them is to keep suitable food available to them 24/7. Little herbivores like that need a lot of food to keep going. Otocinclus graze on algae in nature all day every day. It isn't difficult at all to culture algae on stones to feed your Otocinclus. The first section of my culture manual contains how to.
    Also, acclimation is problematic with Otocinclus. They are HIGHLY susceptible to Ammonia in the bag, which, along with starvation, are the major causes of quick death of the fish. Drip acclimation should go through at least three cycles (three hours) with them, or any of their kin.
    Properly acclimated and fed Otocinclus and their relatives are well-nigh bulletproof in tanks, if given reasonable pH and hardness levels, which the original poster has.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slimy
    In the same vein, I did see a video of how wild caught otos are 'harvested'. I tried to dig it up again and failed, but they were tossed around with little or no regard.

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    Interesting video, look at those green, algae rich, waters.

    I gotta start drip acclimating. I acclimated for 45-60 mins by pouring small cups of water into the bag every 10-15 mins. Then emptied the bag along with the Otos into a net over a sink. This is how I acclimate all my fish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slimy
    In the same vein, I did see a video of how wild caught otos are 'harvested'. I tried to dig it up again and failed, but they were tossed around with little or no regard.

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    Poor little otos. :( I always hate the thought of wild-caught fish in our aquariums.
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    Yeah, I'm lucky, I bought 2 about 2 or 3 months ago and still have 2. I love the little guys

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    Oh that video was sad. :( Poor lil' guys....
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