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post #1 of 22 Old 01-20-2007, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
Got me 2 otos

There in my 10 gallon quarantine now. Any tips on feeding them since i know they are picy eaters the first few weeks. I put some ornaments covered in brown algae and a spounge covered in brown algae in the tank. I also have some algae wafers.

One is extremly stressed out and im very woried. He is pale and has clamped fins. But the other one has excellent coloration and widespread fins. Should i add salt is is it too dangerous?

Also a question, are they nocturnal?
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post #2 of 22 Old 01-20-2007, 03:20 PM
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Are they fat? The best way for getting otos is to have the lfs only net ones that are the fattest. Fat=Healthy. As for feeding, the diatoms are their fav food. Algae wafers are good too, always suppliment with an algae wafer to be sure they don't go hungry.

Even though it is the same planet, underwater is a whole different world.
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post #3 of 22 Old 01-20-2007, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
i got plenty of diotom and yes i asked for fat ones. The lfs told me that they had been in the store for 2 weeks so thats good too. There eating now (i think) Im trying to grow algae on some rocks outside of my tank. The oto is not as pale as before but the fins are still clampted tightly
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post #4 of 22 Old 01-20-2007, 03:48 PM
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He should be fine. He's still acclimating.

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post #5 of 22 Old 01-20-2007, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
ok, good. ARe they nocturnal?
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They are active all day long in my tanks. They don't hide alot.

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post #7 of 22 Old 01-20-2007, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
ok. Should i supplement there diet with algae wafers or fresh vegetables? or whatever suits them?
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post #8 of 22 Old 01-20-2007, 04:02 PM
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In my experience, they are strictly algae eaters, and may feed on some flake food, but not often. They are always cleaning my plants or just sitting on their fat tummies looking at you.

Another thing you can get is Vegi Wagers.

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post #9 of 22 Old 01-20-2007, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
can otos have salt in there tank or is it strictly no salt or a bit of salt?
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post #10 of 22 Old 01-20-2007, 04:10 PM
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Preferably no salt, but may be ok with a little. I personally don't use salt in my tanks. And salt can affect plants.

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