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Old 02-08-2012, 02:31 PM   #11
 
Every week? I was told monthly 25% water changes were normal. These fish were added about a month ago, most recent add was two weeks ago with the water change I added an algea eater.
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Old 02-08-2012, 02:35 PM   #12
 
What exactly is a basic algae eater? Common Pleco ? Or does it look somewhat similar to your Oto and is maybe a Chinese algae eater? Either of these need to go. A Bushynose Pleco would be good, although since you already have an oto I would add more of them instead, but you need to build up a supply of algae for them first.
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Old 02-08-2012, 02:39 PM   #13
 
Chinese Algea Eater. Was told at a local store it was an oto, however being a new aquariust I was tricked. Was thinking of returning this fish. Tank is fine today, still very unsure what led to the death of the Gourami.
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Old 02-08-2012, 02:41 PM   #14
 
return it. chinese algae eaters end up being problems. get another oto or so if you can.
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Old 02-08-2012, 02:44 PM   #15
 
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I would return the Chinese Algae Eater (CAE) as it unlikely in a tank so young that it will have enough algae yet to keep it happy. They can also be aggressive and need a 50g+ tank really.

A lot of aggression in aquariums goes unnoticed, so it is not without possibility that the CAE caused the death of the gourami.
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Old 02-08-2012, 02:45 PM   #16
 
This was my thought, he is very fast so I was waiting until a water change, when all decor is out and water is low to help myself. What I want is another oto, 36 gallon tank should easily sustain two otos.
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Old 02-08-2012, 02:53 PM   #17
 
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This was my thought, he is very fast so I was waiting until a water change, when all decor is out and water is low to help myself. What I want is another oto, 36 gallon tank should easily sustain two otos.

Yes and no. Most of the time Oto's need a supply of algae in the tank or they will starve themselves. Once they get settled in and feel comfortable they will accept other foods after that. Get rid of the CAE and just leave the one oto in the tank for now and see if he survives. If he does and you get some nice algae growth I would suggest adding 3-4 more at that point, since oto's are schooling fish.
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Old 02-08-2012, 02:56 PM   #18
 
ok, makes sense now. The oto hides constantly and i only see him maybe once a week.
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Old 02-08-2012, 04:07 PM   #19
 
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Once you eventually add a couple more Oto's you will see them more. They will be more comfortable to come out just knowing they have "others" in the tank with them.
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Old 02-08-2012, 04:11 PM   #20
 
i have to go back to the water change thing. once a month is not nearly often enough. most people on here do minimum of 20% a week. a lot do closer to 50% a week. a month is too much time for stuff to build up in the water, not anything you can see or test for, but stuff that is very stressful for your fish.

i have to admit, over the holidays i went almost a month without a change. i paid for it. i had one fish get ich (she and another one later died, but i'm not sure that it was related). ich happens when water condition gets too bad for the fish and they are stressed from it.
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