10-13-2009, 03:18 PM
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Originally Posted by kelly528
Their exclusive food preferences also account for alot of starvation during shipping/shelf life. By the time they make it out of the pet store they are rail-thin and on their last legs. Let's not forget that they are super-sensitive to water quality and do not always acclimate well.
A very valid point indeed, They dont survive two seconds in most aquariums anyway, unless they're densely planted with the likes of anubias and crypts- big plants with big leaves that are slow growing, will harbor green algae (What an Ottos diet should be revolved around) If you cant provide them with green algae, they will die, they have a high mortality rate in captivity, most due to improper housing.
If I were you, I would consider another type of fish unless you can meet the criterion, or you will end up with a few dead fish! Also the tank must be big enough so it can provide enough algae at the same time. Anything under 20 gallons should be considered inappropriate in my opinion