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Am I overstocked? Suggestions?
Old 06-23-2012, 11:26 PM   #11
 
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From what I've heard otos are all wild caught and will waste away if you don't give them enough of their own kind to shoal with. I had another idea for you - How about an African Butterfly fish? Not really a catfish but looks very similar and VERY unique.

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Old 06-23-2012, 11:34 PM   #12
 
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From what I've heard otos are all wild caught and will waste away if you don't give them enough of their own kind to shoal with. I had another idea for you - How about an African Butterfly fish? Not really a catfish but looks very similar and VERY unique.

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Unfortunately, I think a 20 gal long tank wouldn't provide enough surface area for it to thrive. :c
It is an awesome looking fish though!
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Old 06-23-2012, 11:40 PM   #13
 
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My lfs has one that I've been eyeing and it never moves much, its a wait for prey to come by hunter, you can feed them live crickets and watch them snap it up... I think it would eat my rasboras in one tank and I think my malabar danios would stress it to no end in the other u.u its sad because its really cool
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Old 06-24-2012, 08:27 AM   #14
 
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A 20 long will be plenty big for a butterfly to just sit around... Cause that's all they do. They are not active fish. I wouldn't put one in less than a 30 inch tank though. While cool looking, it's the most boring fish I have.

A 20 long is not tall enough to support more than a few species. Taking into account substrate and the air gap at the top, the tank has only 8 or 9 inches of usable height. While height isn't usually a problem, it is with a 20 long as the fish will literally be on top of one another.
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Old 06-24-2012, 02:16 PM   #15
 
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Ok, I've been doing some thinking and I would be happy with 2 species.
I've tossed the 3rd species idea.

My two ideas now are either:
a) 7 Sterba Cory & 7 Oto Cat
b) 15 Dwarf/Pygmy Cory & 7 Oto Cats
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Old 06-24-2012, 02:23 PM   #16
 
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Sorry for being a noob, but is there a way I can edit my original post?
I know I could before, but do you loose the ability after a certain amount of time or something?
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Old 06-24-2012, 03:29 PM   #17
 
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If that's what you are looking at for stock then I think you could certainly add a surface dwelling fish like a butterfly or two. Just be sure to have a lid without gaps or it could jump out.
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Old 06-24-2012, 03:44 PM   #18
 
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My only concern would be small cories and butterfly fish.. Since cories love to dart up for air, I think a butterfly fish could be able to catch one, the pygmies and dwarfs are pretty tiny.
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:07 PM   #19
 
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I've kept mine with corys, but not pygmy corys - that could be a cause for concern.
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:07 PM   #20
 
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Yea, the sterbai should be fine.
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