Right now in my 10 gal QT I have 6 small otocats and 4 small red eye tetras... ( i know, i shouldn't have that many in at one time, but I was naive) ANYWAY I've learned that otocats are very sensitive to ammonia over .3... so I am cleaning my 10 gal like 10% every two days..
Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts or insights? I am only quarantining them for 2 weeks...
I'd continue with the water changes as you are doing to keep the ammonia down. Otos are indeed very sensitive. Eventually the tank should cycle but you need to keep on top of your water quality while you are waiting for this to happen. If it was me (and it's not) this is a tank I'd be testing daily until I was seeing steady water parameters.
Do have have an algae source in this tank for the otos?? They are very prone to starving without a good food source.
once otos get used to a tank, after roughly a week or two, they seem to become pretty hardy. I introduced my otos to an uncycled tank, and they were fine all throughout the ammonia spike during cycling. Yea i know it was terrible of me, but i was in a rush and had to move all my fish before going back to school.