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    They die on me. Another one died yesterday after not having an Oto casualty for a few weeks. Out of 6 I have only 1 little guy left. It can't be starvation because I would always see them with full bellys.
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    Hmm i've been reading alot of article on it, and its very unfortunate that alot of them died in their first introduction. I know that most of death case is due to starvation, but the you said that their belly was full....
    My current guess is that since otos are herbivore fish, i believe that the lack of vegetable-matter on their diet may cause the death IMO. What types of food do you feed them? I think they strive in a tank full of algae.
    Oh yeh, and another thing any possible aggression from tankmates?

    I never had otos before, i've just been doing my research on them.
    Hope that helps
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    All of mine have died off quick....nothing wrong with the water, always having algae and sinking wafers to eat...they just die off one by one. I love the little guys, but I can't keep spending money on something that I know won't live long. Its unfortunate though..they really are neat.
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    Dang.. any successful oto keepers out there, that would like to give advice and comment here?
    I was planning to keep them initially but with all these problems, i'm having second thoughts. T__T
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    I think its really a toss up...I am almost positive that there are successful oto keepers, I am just not one of them unfortunately :( But there are also a lot of people who have trouble keeping neon tetras, but I have had mine for over a year and they're fine. Goodluck though, with whatever you choose.
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    Pretty much what megan said. Tank full of algae, sinking wafers, algae wafers, shrimp pellets and some meaty foods occasionally. I've tried feeding vegetables in the past but they've gone uneaten. It's a peaceful tank, my Rams leave them alone.

    I really like Otos, I want to keep them but I think this could be a problem with the quality of the fish themselves, considering I got them from PetsMart. Are all Otos wild caught?
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    Are all Otos wild caught?
    I'm pretty sure they are..

    And they are are ravenous and stressed by the time they get to the retailer.. Add water acclimatization issues..

    It's an uphill battle, for sure.. :(

    You just have to really watch them, check their behavior and appearance really carefully.. Make sure your water is relatively low pH and hardness, and drip acclimatize them.. Give them blanched potatoes to snack on, and other greens..

    And cross your fingers..
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    I got two otos in February, and they did just fine in my tank. I took awhile to acclimate them, and they just seemed to do fine. My tank was VERY algae filled when I got them. I waited for it to be covered on purpose. They did great for several months. One of them died about a month ago though. I'm not really sure why. The other is still thriving. I usually watch him everyday now to see how he's doing. When they get a really dark color, then they're not feeling too great.

    I agree that sometimes it just depends on the fish. Maybe my water is just naturally "better" for them or something - I don't know. I haven't really done anything special for them.

    Good luck!

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    I have had luck with mine. I drip acclimated 6 of them about 9 months ago into my 29 gallon and I have 5 of them left. They get plenty of algae and also I give them shrimp pellets. Every once in a while I give them a little chunk of cucumber. They are all over the tank. Swimming away to the next bit of algae!
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    I added 4 in my 40g back in November of last year and they are all still around.
    I don't know what I did right. It's a planted tank, my fish get a varied died that occasionally includes fresh vegetables and algae tablets, and there's always some sort of soft algae trying to grow in the back of the tank.
    I do a 50% water change every week and nitrates are typically around 10ppm.

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    I forgot to mention... They really seem to enjoy the veggies when they start going 'soft'. It seems like the closer to rotten, the better for them. Maybe this is the key as I'm sure there is plenty of decaying vegetation sitting around my tank. When I add (raw) zucchini to the veggie clip the snails and the siamese algae eater feast for the first day and the otos really don't seem interested until day 2 or 3. If you attempt this, do NOT forget the veggies in there beyond this. It can really stink up and foul up your water.
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