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Does anyone know what kinds of algae oto catfish eat?
Old 05-15-2010, 04:14 PM   #1
 
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Does anyone know what kinds of algae oto catfish eat?

Does anyone know what the names of the types of algae oto catfish eat are?

I have some algae in my tank like brown diatoms and some fuzzy brownish stuff, not sure if they eat it, and I don't want them to starve because I'm under the misconception they have food!

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Old 05-15-2010, 04:17 PM   #2
 
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Does anyone know what the names of the types of algae oto catfish eat are?

I have some algae in my tank like brown diatoms and some fuzzy brownish stuff, not sure if they eat it, and I don't want them to starve because I'm under the misconception they have food!

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Brown fuzz (brown diatoms) is their favorite food.
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Old 05-15-2010, 04:37 PM   #3
 
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I had a Algae report book and it lists Otocinclus as good algae control for Brown Algae (Diatoms), Fuzz Algae. Otocinclus Cats, or Dwarf Sucking catfish Otocinclus affinis are good algae eaters through they mainly deal with algae in its beginning stages when it is very short. They eat mainly diatoms and green dust algae according to my book.

You should always give them algae waffers or algae tabs also as they can not survive on the tank algae alone and some people starve them and they die because of not enough to eat because they think that they can survive on the tank algae alone. Their tummies should be round and not sucken in when you look at them. Just keep that in mind.

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Old 05-15-2010, 05:39 PM   #4
 
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Should you put algae waffers in even if there is still algae?
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Old 05-15-2010, 06:30 PM   #5
 
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Should you put algae waffers in even if there is still algae?
If it were me I would offer just the teeniest tiniest piece every so often, just to get them used to the idea of a prepared food. My otos never went for the algae wafers so I supplement their diet with fresh spinach and cucumber. They readily eat the veggies I offer but will not touch algae wafers. Sometimes I wish they would, as it would make feeding them so much easier.
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